Fizer's Take: Los Angeles Clippers
What comes into your mind when you hear the names of Chris Tucker, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Adam Sandler? Yes, they are comedians. Comedians make you laugh right? Movies like the Rush Hour trilogy, Click, Happy Gilmore, Down To Earth and a lot lot more makes me laugh all the time. All of us need to laugh at certain times. It's not all serious and uptight all the time The NBA is no exception. They are loaded with players and teams that are considered laughing stocks. One major laughing stock in the NBA has always been the Clippers. Ah... Yes... The LA Clippers... I am not talking bout the Braves, the Clippers of San Diego but I am talking about the LAC. They are considered as one of the worst franchises in the history having to appear in more lottery draws than anything. The team is still searching for the magic that brought them deep in the 2006 playoffs but with Elton Brand gone, hopes are a little dim. Baron Davis decided to come home in hopes of turning this team around just like what he did with the Warriors last 2007. The Clippers did everything they could to surround Davis with players that can help him. Guys like Marcus Camby was brought in, Ricky Davis who can get buckets, Jason WIlliams (though he retired after being signed), and Chris Kaman are some of the players whom the Clippers hope to cash in in a shot at a playoff spot. Plus they drafted scoring machine Eric Gordon with the 7th pick so the Clips have a reason to be optimistic last season. I agree with Marcus Camby's statement that "on paper, (the Clippers) are a playoff team and should have been winning more." But that was just on paper... because the Clippers never found their groove throughout the season. Baron Davis was looking more for his shots rather than his teammates, injuries to Kaman and Camby brought them apart and trading Cuttino and Tim Thomas for Zach Randolph only makes them a little better. Thus the team fell apart throughout the season. I even read one article stating how angry Don Sterling was at his team scolding them in the locker room. That was pretty tough having a team who could have been better but instead falter in more ways than one. The Clippers had the 3rd worst record in the league and were back to a familiar place, in the lottery.
The Clippers were lottery bound once again and they prepared themselves for at least the 3rd pick or the 6th pick in the draft ready to take James Harden or Hasheem Thabeet or Tyreke Evans with any of those picks. But lo and behold, the Clippers shocked the world by having the first pick overall. Many fans (including us here) poked fun at the Clippers ever since they drafted ultimate bust Michael Olowokandi during the 1998 season when guys like Vince Carter, Mike Bibby and Antawn Jamison were available. I remember telling my friends, "With the first pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select Tyler Hansbrough... or John Bryant... or whoever I feel making fun of at the top pick..." I remember somebody saying the Clippers will pass on the first pick... Those were the days. But with people already smarter and the Clippers no longer blind, they took Oklahoma sensation Blake Griffin for the first overall pick. How could they miss out on such a prospect? They didn't. And thy are hoping that their nightmare years are over. They are trying to relive the 2006 season where they had a deep run at the playoffs led by EB. The future may be brighter for the perennial NBA doormats as they are now focusing on the development of their newfound potential All-Star.
The Clippers have made interesting moves so far this coming season. The first good move they made was trading away ZeBo to the Memphis Grizzlies for QRich as many critics said that he's going to hurt the development of Blake. Plus it gives more space to develop not just Griffin but their young prospect in DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers also made some ballsy moves by getting Sebastian Telfair, Craig Smith and Mark Madsen in exchange for Q Richardson. Telf can definitely provide solid back up for Baron Davis. The Clippers also improved their perimeter shooting by getting Rasual Butler from the Hornets in exchange for $8 and a dime (second round pick). Can the Clippers transform themselves from a laugher to a serious playoff contender? Are they good enough to make it in the postseason? Will Blake Griffin make a good impact better than what's expected from him? Will Baron Davis fulfill his dream of transforming a low franchise to a respected one? Will there be another Don Sterling shoutout? Ohhh.. It's certainly a bright future for the Clippers who have always been number two behind the defending champs the Lakers in terms of NBA Popularity in LA.
NBA Draft Grade: A-
NBA Offseason Grade: B+
Predicted W-L: 40-42
I got the clips as the 8th seed next year. I expect Blake to light a fire on that team and to get the veterans like Davis, Kaman, and Camby to play harder.Guys like Craig Smith and Mark Madsen will also help with setting a solid work ethic and getting guys to play hard. A positive locker room is absolutely necessary for the clips next year. Add in the scoring abilities of Gordon, and there is no question that the talent is there. Davis is probably the key, he is still there best player and leader.
Gordon is a beast he has perennial All-Star written all over him, as does Blake Griffin and DeAndre will be a solid center in the league.
It is almost solely on Baron Davis' shoulders at this point however. Until Gordon and Griffin become those go to guys this is Baron's team and he needs to get back to those days of old in terms of leadership and aggressiveness. However the Davis that the Clippers get this season will have a lot to do with Mike Dunleavy Sr. Those two need to be on the same page or else it will be another lottery season. If they can meet even somewhere in the middle they will be a very tough team to stop.
However if things don't pan out this season the Clippers may look to move Davis by the deadline and create more cap space for the upcoming free agent class and go after a Rudy Gay or Joe Johnson. If the season does go that way there may be another positive in dunleavy finally getting the boot and allowing the Clips to start a fresh.
Either way they will be interesting to watch this coming season.
No offence, but these are getting boring!!!!!!!!!!! You are a pretty good writer though :D
Fizer I do like your dedication and your writing skill so keep doing what you do and continue to grow.
i think clippers will make the playoffs if all of the players stay healthy and also if they fire the coach
I think the Clippers have a legit shot at sneaking into the playoffs as the 8th seed. I think they'll be exciting to watch this season, especially considering Dunleavy will make an emphasis on running more. He's said that he will take the chains off of Baron Davis and let him do what he does best. However, they'll need to play more inspired defense if they really expect to do anything.
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Clippers have been one of my fav teams for the last few years, they have all the talent in the world this year and i hope they can put it together, not many teams can roll out players like gordan griffin camby kamen jordan thornton and davis,, they need to fire dunleavy that tool and bring in a new change of direction
I agree fire dunleavy bring in avery johnson, terry porter, someone. I agree the clipps need a fresh start/new face.
as far as drafting (gordon, jordan, al , blake)players. i think the clippers need to trade b diddy , camby and kaman. and just let the young players glue together , and it wouldnt hurt to fire dunlevy and bring and a non sense coach like avery johnson and bring in some veteran players to help these young boys out.
sheltwon, thanks my man... I appreciate it..
Like I said, I am open for all your comments... If things like these are boring to you, that's cool... None taken, citrusiswow...
Making Fizer's Take is just my way of diverting myself from all the attention in work...(it's not easy being a teacher, you know!) Things like these makes it therapeutic on my part and relieve some of the pressure off work... For those who like it, thanks a lot... Those who hate, thanks a lot too... Negative/Positive comments, I am still continuing to write lame things such as these since it allows me to divert my attention^^ I can't afford rollercoaster rides...LOL
why did you choose that name . was he your favorite player or something .
I thought his name was catchy...
keep it up, i enjoy reading your takes. I cant wait for your utah jazz take.
Thanks my man... I will... Negative comments don't stop me from completing all 30 teams LOL... I admit, the Indiana Pacers thing I made was a bit boring because I am not just into them compared to my Bulls, Raptors, Cavaliers, Hawks or any other team for that matter... But Im gonna continue man... U can count on it
did you do one for my orlando magic team?
Yeah they have to try and trade bdidy and bring in a young pg, as far as trading kamen and camby i dont think thats smart, cambys on the books for like 7 some million and expires this year creating cap space for the crazy summer next year and u keep kamen becuz when healthy hes solid and gives the clippers lots of front court depth just incase some1 gets injured
Not yet man... I am doing this alphabetically... I can't wait to do the Magic and the Raptors.. They had an interesting offseason
Being a Clippers fan,you were pretty spot on!
Out of three(Kaman,Camby,B Diddy) Chris Kaman would be the first to be traded...Dunleavy has given Baron Davis a do over from last year and the two have been more on the same page this summer.B Diddy has dedicated himself to getting in shape and becoming the leader that he was suppoded to be
Dunleavy loves Marcus! He likes having him around to mentor D Jordan and Blake.Also he comes off the books at the end of the year
Caveman is another story...He seems more intrested in shooting guns and playing for the German national team than getting in proper shape and jelling with teammates...He can be absolutly frustrating to watch at times,we call him Mr Flippy on Clippers boards because he likes to finesse around the basket rather than taking it up strong