We knew this day would come. We’ve waited for years now with our calendars marked and yet somehow, we all get sucked into every rumor and fictitious piece of headline grabbing news we hear or read.
Maybe our expectations just weren’t high enough for the media swirl that has been created by this year’s free agent crop but, the Clippers? Really?
Could Lebron James actually head out west to one of the league’s most laughable franchises? We called the Clippers “cursed” for a reason. Their string of #1 overall picks has netted them zero NBA championships in their 40 year history. Shaun Livingston, Michael Olowokandi, and most notably and recent, Blake Griffin, are three prime examples of the Clippers’ own Madden curse. Injuries or busts, either way, they haven’t worked out (yet in Griffin’s case).
So what do they have going for them you might ask? A young stockpile of talent in Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin along with solid veteran experience in Baron Davis and Chris Kaman. Most importantly, this is Los Angeles we’re talking about.
The Lakers have ruled the city (and state) but that doesn’t diminish the Clippers value as a big market team. The endorsements, the marketability and the limelight will all be there for James should he land there.
Recent news also suggests there’s a possibility of new and younger ownership.
Talent? Check. Endorsements? Check. Limelight? Check. Oh, and then there’s the added challenge of sitting in Kobe Bryant’s backyard and trying to steal his house out from under him.