The Clippers won't be successful for a long time

The Clippers won't be successful for a long time

Postby rydjorker121 on Thu Aug 07, 2003 2:58 pm

Basically the headline of the thread explains it all. Over the years I have read many articles concerning the Clippers, and it was only until this year did they make contributions that seemed so huge for them yet so small. Re-signing Elton Brand and Corey Maggette for about six to seven years--and getting an old man named Olden Polynice--is that what people call an "offseason"? That's not an offseason. That just exposes more and more of the damage that the owner, Donald Sterling, has already caused to the team. The team needs a new outlook. Mike Dunleavy, Sr. won't provide that. He's just a regular coach, although he does have a respectable record after years of snoozing around in a couple of teams which included the Lakers.

My call is that the Clippers, whether they are a talented team together or not, remains as stagnant as it was last year. Losing Andre Miller and possibly Lamar Odom, who said that he wanted out on L.A. on August 7, 2003, is bad enough. Last year it there were many complaints about playing time, money, and contracts. Players like Andre Miller were playing for their contracts and not for the love of the city. Quentin Richardson started shooting bricks after his breakout season last year after the departure of his long-time buddy and friend, Darius Miles. Although Darius was certainly a good defender, scorer, and an electric player, he certainly wouldn't have helped the team from its hellish cause this year. Look at him in Cleveland. He's screwing up like Quentin is also.

I don't know whether it was a wise choice Elton Brand and Corey Maggette took to sign long-term deals that get matched by the Clippers. For about 20 years now, the Clippers were looked as the underdog team of LA because of the draftings of bad players, bad trades, and most of all, the lack of team chemistry. They hardly can find a playoff spot now with the wild wild west looming overhead. They've had the players, and last year they almost made it because the West was just developing. This year the West is at its full force and Donald Sterling just noticed the change. It seems a little too late for that. That's why guys like Gilbert Arenas and Alonzo Mourning dump the Clips and the Mavs, respectively, to join hands with the East, where there's less competition.

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Postby rydjorker121 on Thu Aug 07, 2003 3:00 pm

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Although Donald may want to spend his millions now, he still can't get the chemistry fix within the team. They're almost like the Jail Blazers without the marijuana and fighting. Players look confused, and sometimes even angry that they can't get out of Clipper hell. They look at trades that go wrong, players who walk away during free agency, and they realize how many losing seasons this team has gone through. Guys like Eric Piatkowski, whom we thought was a loyal Clipper for a long time, finally released out his thoughts that he wanted to win somewhere else, like Houston. Donald may finally realize his team's situation, but now it's too late. People now view Clipperland as a development place for younger players so once they enter free agency, another team could get attracted to them so they could bolt to that team.

All the time we keep hearing that the Clippers suck, the Clippers stink, and Clippers eat [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.]. That may not be true, and I don't even make a big fuss out of the long-signings of Brand and Maggette. If anything, they should be pissed off, since they're about to endure more losses, more problems, and more yada yada. They should look to their neighbors the Lakers as a team to look up to. They don't have trouble playing and signing FAs. It took a while for Sterling to realize that. Now guys like Wang Zhizhi, Chris Kaman, Chris Wilcox, and Melvin Ely are the new development players who would eventually bolt to other teams in no time. There are reasons why the Clips don't have any veterans. The organization just didn't do anything and remained stagnant until now.
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