The NBA season officially tips off this weekend with a series of thrilling matchups on Christmas Day: Boston at New York, Miami at Dallas, Chicago at L.A. Lakers, Orlando at Oklahoma City, L.A. Clippers at Golden State. This should provide NBA fans who have been waiting for the season to start for over a month with much needed non-stop action for an entire day. With these games on, who needs presents?
Post-lockout NBA is filled with teams that just a year ago looked drastically different. Lamar Oden is now a Maverick, Tyson Chandler is a Knick, Chris Paul is a Clipper and most importantly Ron Artest is now Metta World Peace. This NBA season should be like no other in history.
With all these big storylines, one has outshined the rest and for good reason; the trade team between the Clippers and Hornets. After a trade between the latter and the "other" L.A. team fell through, the Clippers jumped on the opportunity to add superstar point guard Chris Paul to their roster. To gain Paul, L.A. had to lose much of their young talent including, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu, but it is well worth the price to add a superstar such as Paul.
For the first time in franchise history, the Clippers come into the season with playoff-or-bust expectations.
So here it is—five bold predictions for the Los Angeles Clippers in the upcoming season.