If you think the Los Angeles Clippers should dismantle their current roster due to season-ending injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, you are dumb. However, the Clippers are on the verge of making the worst mistake in franchise history.
Two days ago, the Clippers were on the cusp of becoming a favorite to play in the Western Conference Finals. Stephen Curry was just ruled out of the NBA Playoffs for at least two weeks, and the Clippers held a 2-1 advantage over the Portland Trailblazers.
However, the Clippers’ advantage disappeared overnight, leaving their chance to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs in peril. Despite having home court advantage, they’ve already been counted out.
Some call them the most cursed franchise in the NBA. Some pundits believe it’s been the luck of the draw in recent years. However, the Clippers have notoriously made their bad luck throughout the franchise’s history. Either way you look at it, discarding Chris Paul and/or Griffin would be stupidity on the highest level.
Let’s think back to 24 hours ago. When Paul went down, Clippers’ fans were heartbroken cause he was likely out for the season with a broken hand. There was hope that he would return, but his timetable is at 4-6 weeks after surgery. Meanwhile, there was optimism that Griffin might be able to play Game 5. Hours later, the Clippers ruled Griffin out for the rest of the postseason.
That’s it. Hang it up. It’s time for the Clippers to blow up the team. Wait, so you’re saying get rid of the players that changed the entire direction of the organization’s playoff hopes? That’s not very smart.
People have apparently forgotten where the Clippers were prior to the addition of this current group of players. There’s no reason to release the entire sad history of the Clippers, so we’ll break down their seasons since 2000.
They’ve had 10 losing seasons from 2000-2011. Their only season above .500 came in 2005-06 went they went 47-35 and made the Western Conference Semifinals. It was the most excitement they had seen in years. Do we have to remind you how miserable this team was? They were dreadful, yet for some reason, people want to see the Clippers return to this form in hopes of becoming a playoff team again in the distant future?
Blake Griffin was selected No. 1 in the 2009 NBA Draft, but didn’t make his debut until the 2010 season. They finished 32-50 and excitement was building behind the formidable front court duo of Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Since that moment, they’ve been a staple of the postseason.
The next season they were gifted Paul via trade and won 40 games during a lockout shortened season. It was the first of five straight postseason appearances, including this season. The Clippers have advanced to the second round three times and seemed to be destined to do it again until the injuries popped up. Yet, we’re supposed to believe it’s not good enough. We’re supposed to believe breaking this team up is a better option than trying to win a championship.
It wasn’t good enough when Vinny Del Negro became the scapegoat after a 56-26 season. Keep in mind, this was their best record in franchise history. However, that first round loss was enough to get a fresh approach. Once Doc Rivers took over, they bested the franchise record by one game, yet they haven’t been able to make the conference finals. Still, the 3-1 meltdown to the Houston Rockets lingers in the mind’s of everyone. So much so, they’d rather become annual losers like year’s past.
Let’s ask the Philadelphia 76ers about gutting a playoff team. More importantly, let’s ask the Dallas Mavericks how they feel about not trading Dirk Nowitzki. Remember when their window closed for winning a title? Somehow, they found a way to become champions in 2011.
Therefore, breaking up the Clippers for the sake of making a move is not smart. It could be the worst decision the franchise ever made. Now that’s saying something.