Friday, October 10, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days: Los Angeles Clippers

We continue our "30 Teams in 30 Days" preview series of each of the 30 NBA teams for the 2014-15 season by spending the next 2 days in sunny Los Angeles, where we'll first preview the Los Angeles Clippers, a team that has gone under a major makeover with a new owner that is willing to restore order, and a team that is determined to put controversy behind them.

Last season's record: 57-25(1st in Pacific Division/3rd in Western Conference; Def. GS 4-3 in Western Conference 1st Round; Lost to OKC 4-2 in Western Conference Semi-finals)

Head Coach: Doc Rivers(16th season, 644-498 overall; 57-25 with LAC)

Arena: Staples Center(19,060)


In their 2013-14 campaign, the Los Angeles Clippers wanted to prove themselves worthy that they can contend in the Western Conference, and in their own division, which is the Pacific Division, and as usual, "Lob City" was in full effect with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul running the show, and that did a lot of work for Los Angeles in the regular season, finishing as Pacific Division Champions with a 57-25 record, and a 3rd place finish in the Western Conference standings. 

But a dark cloud was looming over the clouds, as Donald Sterling made some controversial comments that eventually led to his banishment from the NBA forever, but that did not stop the Clippers to roll past their in-state rivals, the Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, 4-3, before being eliminated in the Western Conference semi-finals by a tough Oklahoma City Thunder team 4-2.

Then, a major change took place in the ownership department, as former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stepped in to purchase the franchise, marking what could be the start of a new chapter in the Clippers 30 year history in Los Angeles.

Many are expecting the Clippers to be a strong, but yet, major threat in the league and in the Western Conference this season in Doc Rivers' second year as Clippers head coach, as he is coming off a successful first season guiding them to a 57-25 record, and he totally wants his team to achieve the ultimate goal: an NBA championship.  Watch out folks, the Clippers are indeed a tough team, and they'll prove it to you when the season starts in a couple of weeks from now.

Upcoming team previews in the "30 Teams in 30 Days" series:

  • Saturday: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Sunday: Golden State Warriors
  • Monday: Sacramento Kings
  • Tuesday: Portland Trail Blazers
  • Wednesday: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Thursday: Memphis Grizzlies
  • Next Friday: Indiana Pacers

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