The 'Lob City' Los Angeles Clippers were one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the NBA. After assembling a squad with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, the team was always in the conversation to compete for the championship.
However, that never happened, although they had incredible seasons during their time together. JJ Redick, a former member of that team has claimed that 'pettiness' played a big role in the Clippers not winning a championship.
Rifts between Griffin and Paul hurt the team until they took separate ways. Recently, Griffin shut down that narrative, saying that different reasons cost the Clippers the Larry O'Brien trophy.
Talking with JJ Redick on his 'The Old Man and the Three' podcast, the Brooklyn Nets veteran explained (2:26):
“2015 was just a complete mental breakdown. I don’t think pettiness is why we lost in the playoffs, especially not that year. Or the year before, we lost to Oklahoma City. Pettiness didn’t lose those seasons for us.”
Then, Griffin said that 2014 and 2015 seemed like good years for the Clips to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, things didn't go in their favor and the Warriors and Cavaliers dominated the league after that.
“I’ve said this to people when they always ask me about the Clippers. I am in the camp where it wasn’t quite as bad as people make it out to be. Maybe towards the end, maybe like when some other things happened. That’s not the reason we didn’t win a championship. Our two chances to win a championship were those two years (2014 and 2015). After that, the Warriors and LeBron, they were just going back and forth.”
Something curious about that team is that they could have a great series and play great basketball only to perform completely differently in the next one. They were never consistent, and Doc Rivers failed to make the adjustments they needed in crucial moments.
All these factors combined to prevent one of the most exciting teams of the last decade from winning the coveted championship.