How things can go from bad to worse for the Los Angeles Clippers

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Being unable or unwilling to find a new head coach

What could be more scarring than not trading DeAndre Jordan or dealing with the Blake Griffin situation appropriately is how the team moves forward in terms of coaching. Doc Rivers has not been able to make the most of the talent that he’s had in his time with Los Angeles, and at some point, enough should be enough.

Vocal criticism from Chris Paul spoke volumes to how things really where when the Clippers seemed to have a big three and were at least consistently making the playoffs. However, failure to reach the conference finals under Doc Rivers is a job not done good enough.

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He’s had plenty of talent over the years, and there was no reason for them not to at least get to the third round, if not the NBA Finals.

Moving on from Doc Rivers shouldn’t be a hard thing to do, but the Clippers have done an excellent job at shielding the idea of someone else running the team. For what reason is anyone’s guess, but that is the real issue with them at this point in the season.

And the worst part is that it couldn’t be more obvious.

For the Clippers, their lack of mental toughness should be directly linked to Rivers. By now, the team should not be this deflated and hopeless — but it is. Also, it remains unclear just how all of this is going to play out now that Blake Griffin won’t be playing for around two months.

But whatever happens, it should not be done to provide Rivers with any longer of a leash than he needs. Things need to change at the top before the organization can expect any sort of true turnaround.

But you won’t ever actually change your course if you fail to even change directions. That’s rule number one.