Los Angeles Clippers' Camaraderie Makes Them Championship Contenders

By Terri Washington
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Weddings. Dinners. Vacations. The Los Angeles Clippers are inseparable. The Clippers enjoy their time together off the court, which makes for exciting team unity on the court.

The Clippers’ luck turned around in 2009 when they drafted Blake Griffin, and in 2011 when they acquired Chris Paul in a trade. With two natural leaders in Griffin and Paul, it would be difficult for the rest of the team to not stick together. The kind of team unity they share will take them to an NBA championship someday. The Clippers need to continue to build a better defense before they can seriously contend for a championship, but in regards to playing as a team, they have that in the bag.

With the exception of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, NBA teams with championship banners get to that point by not only playing as a team, but relying on each other as family — just ask the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.

The Clippers are growing their bond by being there for each other both on and off the court. On Aug. 22, Jamal Crawford hosted a midnight Pro-Am in Seattle the night before his wedding which many of his teammates not only participated, but enjoyed doing for their “brother.”

During this summer, Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Reggie Bullock and Matt Barnes vacationed together in Croatia. They all posted pictures on their social media accounts of thems doing backflips into the water, riding around on mopeds and hitting the nightlife scene.

Everything the Clippers have gone through recently has helped build a stronger bond between them. The only people who understood what they were going through were each other. If the Clippers can somehow get their chemistry to flow as well on the court as it does off of it, the Los Angeles Lakers won’t be the only basketball team with banners hanging in the Staples Center.

Terri Washington is a Los Angeles Clippers writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @Terri7589, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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