After two seasons of Chris Paul joining with Blake Griffin in Los Angeles, the Clippers are yet to make a deep playoff run. Switching up their coach this off season from Vinny Del Negro, to Doc Rivers, and adding some solid bench depth, the Clippers feel they are poised to compete for a championship.
While the emphasis the past couple years for the Clips have been their "Lob City" highlights on Sports Center, Blake Griffin says the team is moving away from that style of play. With Rivers bringing a move defensive-minded approach to the game, Griffin says the moniker "Lob City is done."
"Lob City doesn't exist anymore. Lob City is done," Griffin told ESPN's Shelley Smith in an interview at the Clippers media day on Monday. "We're moving on and we're going to find our identity during training camp and that will be our new city. No more Lob City."
Griffin stressed that new coach Doc Rivers has been instilling a defensive-minded culture in Los Angeles, and he said that his own offensive game will change noticeably this season. The uptempo, exciting style of play the Clippers have become known for since point guard Chris Paul teamed with Griffin and fellow high-flyer DeAndre Jordan in 2011 has already been de-emphasized.
The Clips will need massive defensive improvement from both Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan if they hope to make it past the likes of San Antonio, Memphis, and OKC out West, and Rivers' Tom Thibodeau-inspired defensive schemes might just do that.
Let's just hope they don't go overboard and completely rob fans of their signature jaw-dropping oops.