It’s April and the Los Angeles Clippers clinched a spot in the NBA Playoffs. It must be the perfect time for the Clippers to finally hit the dysfunctional button. Or at least think about hitting it. This has been the most successful season in Clippers history, no doubt about it. They reached the 50 wins plateau for the first time ever. But someone is trying to stir up Clippers drama in Lob City. His name is TJ Simers.
The Clippers are on the doorstep of the playoffs for consecutive seasons, and there are reports out there that the Clippers are unhappy. “Mr. DeAndre Jordan, what do you have to say about the reports regarding your team today?”
the stuff people write on the internet is really idiotic…oh well!!!
— DeAndre Jordan (@deandrejordan) April 5, 2013
Well I have a guess what your opinion on the following is Mr. Jordan, but here it comes anyway.
The reliable TJ Simers reported in the LA Times this morning that the Clippers are bickering. Simers claims that big men DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are upset with the minutes they are getting from Coach Vinny Del Negro, and they have grown tired of Chris Paul‘s ever present voice working them too hard.
And for the record, no one disagrees with the big men. They get irregular minutes from Coach Del Negro, whose credentials include coaching the Clippers during their most successful season in NBA history (not easy), and being the coach of the team that drafted Derrick Rose (easier). Also Chris Paul’s voice is constant, and his credentials include being the best point guard currently in the NBA to have done virtually nothing in the NBA postseason.
Jordan and Griffin are not wrong. They could make more free throws as Simers points out. But the news is we are talking about the dysfunction of the Clippers in April not because they are at the bottom of the Pacific Division, but because they have 50 wins and are likely Pacific Champions for the first time ever. And because the expectations for the Lakers are so dismally low.
The Clippers are not a juggernaut, but they stand to possibly have home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Don’t hit the Clippers button just yet.