With LA’s longtime nemesis, head tactician Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics taking the helms of the Clipper Ship, it does appear that the LA’s Showtime Lakers is now the Showtime Lob City.
The 2013 season will mark the first year that little-brother Clips will be rated higher than big-brother Lake Show. Of course, it doesn’t help that Kobe is still out with the worst injury of his career and that the Clippers not only won the Pacific title last year, but they also swept the sorry Lakers.
The Lakers used to have their big three, the last of which was Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. This year, LA’s big three is stronger than ever and they are with the Clippers.
Point Guard – Chris Paul, arguably still the best point guard in the league with about 13 assists and close to 30 points a game.
Power Forward – Blake Griffin, a wide body who can effortlessly swoosh to the air with dunks and can score over 20 points a game.
Center – DeAndre Jordan is a beast with close to 15 rebounds and 15 points a game, along with 2 block shots. (Stats: from 2012-13 Season)
Run and Gun – The Clips have this with fresh legs along with all the accompanying highlight alley-hoop dunks.
Spot and Shoot – They have this too with Crawford, Redick, Dudley, Collison, Barnes, Jamison and even Paul himself.
Pick and Roll, Chris Paul can do this all day with any of their big men.
But, most important, they now have a defensive minded coach in Doc Rivers who may finally be able to give them not just the division title but also lead the team all the way to the conference and even the NBA Finals.
Doc Rivers only won one championship with his mighty Boston Celtics and incidentally it was against the LA Lakers. But he has always given the Lakers a good fight, particularly in the years the Lakers won their last two rings. His mindset has always been and still is to beat LA (Lakers that is) and this bodes well with the Clipper organization and can only fuel the Clips and their fans all the more.
The only thing missing now is for Doc to transform DeAndre into a Kevin Garnett and to try to keep everybody healthy and happy.
James Prince is a longtime LA resident and an even longer LA sports fan.