So much for the dynamic duo of Chris Paul and Dwight Howard coming to a hardwood near you this fall…CP3 has decided not to test the free-agent waters and is instead going to stick it out for at least the next fives years as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. Three years ago, people would have thought I was delusional for reporting such a thing, but LA is ready for the Clippers to hang a banner of their own.
However, the Clippers’ problems can’t be fixed just by re-signing their starting point guard.
Ever since he was drafted, I have mocked the Blake Griffin bandwagon and the fact that it is always overcapacity. A few flashy dunks and everyone wants to call Griffin a perfect mixture of Tim Duncan and Karl Malone — let’s pump the brakes here and understand how unteachable, predictable and one-dimensional No. 32 actually is.
Doc Rivers was the first step to making Griffin into a better player, yet the ex-Boston Celtics coach won’t be able to fix Griffin overnight. The Clippers’ faithful can’t expect a Kevin Garnett-type season from the Los Angeles’ forward in 2013-14. Obviously, an All-Star point guard like Paul is going to help Los Angeles form a more efficient offense, but until I see improvement, Griffin is as overrated as they come.
If Rivers can take this revived Clippers team and turn them into a force come playoff time, then he deserves a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame. However, I see a flop from the entire Clippers roster and the Paul-Rivers relationship will eventually be as strained as the Rajon Rondo-Rivers relationship was in Boston.