Clippers' remorse

Clippers' remorse

Updated: 9 days, 13 hours, 9 minutes, 44 seconds ago

THE LA Clippers were a hopeful team. They performed well in the last playoffs, considering they did not have Kawhi Leonard. Leonard is the foundation of this team, as they literally rebuilt the franchise around him. The only problem is that when the foundation collapses, the entire franchise crumbles.

Most basketball fanatics still remember where they were the moment they got wind of the Paul George trade. It was truly a surprise — a rarity in the internet era. Even from a Laker fan standpoint, it was a masterful move, swift and decisive, and it redefined the franchise. Sure, the Lakers were the biggest losers in that trade, because if it didn't happen, there would've been a LeBron, AD, Kawhi monstrosity.

Side note: The damage of that failure to form a Big Three that would've rivaled or overshadowed the Miami Heatles haunted the Lakers even after they won the championship in 2020. They felt compelled to get a "third star" and that led to some terrible trades, specifically the Russell Westbrook fiasco.

Westbrook is not a bad player, but they had to give up or let go of solid pieces to accommodate him, expecting him to be near his MVP level. Think of how Kyle Kuzma is now a prime trade target, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a solid contributor with his top tier shooting. Those two could have played major roles on the Lakers today, not to mention the 22nd pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Guys like Bones Hyland, Ayo Dosunmu and Herb Jones were still available at that spot.

But this is the Clippers' turn to be roasted, and to add insult to injury, the hostage young player in the deal could end up as the lone All-Star in the transaction this year.

Insult to injury

The OKC Thunder were the clear winners of that deal, even during that time. George could never bring them anywhere, and had he stayed, they may not have been a playoff team the following year. Also, the call of the Lakers was always there, and one of the scenarios had George as the third wheel in LA.

PG13 went to the wrong LA team, but the initial results were favorable. The Clippers had all the hype, and some even compared to the 96 Chicago Bulls (blasphemy of the highest order). Still, there were red flags all around. Doc Rivers was the coach, and while he is champion, he has gained infamy for getting outwitted in the playoffs. And that's exactly what happened.

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Now, the Clippers' superstars will sit out the All-Star game and watch Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the young player they threw in the Paul George trade (along with control over their next five first round picks) make his first appearance. SGA is currently fifth in scoring in the NBA, ahead of LeBron James and Kevin Durant, matching Michael Jordan's career norm.

Both the Lakers and Clippers mortgaged their futures in the summer of 2019, and they both lost young players that became All-Stars. Only difference is that the Lakers have a trophy, a banner, and rings. The Clippers still have nothing, and it's unlikely to change this season.

Kawhi's doubters are rising everyday. He is no longer the Klaw, the match for LeBron James.

Now, the Clippers' superstars will sit out the All-Star game and watch Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the young player they threw in the Paul George trade (along with control over their next five first round picks) make his first appearance. SGA is currently fifth in scoring in the NBA, ahead of LeBron James and Kevin Durant, matching Michael Jordan's career norm.Both the Lakers and Clippers mortgaged their futures in the summer of 2019, and they both lost young players that became All-Stars. Only difference is that the Lakers have a trophy, a banner, and rings. The Clippers still have nothing, and it's unlikely to change this season.Kawhi's doubters are rising everyday. He is no longer the Klaw, the match for LeBron James.

Crossing Katipunan

I'd love to be a fly on the wall to hear what led Francis Lopez to pick UP over Ateneo. While it is one of the best news I could receive as a Maroon, it is very intriguing. Sure, Carl Tamayo was a factor, and at that stage, the influence of peers was very high.



There are numerous college recruitment coups that arise, since the best want to play with the best. Unlike the pros, such team-ups are celebrated as a brotherhood of excellence. Not to insinuate anything, but there could be a more compelling reason to leave a topnotch program like Tab Baldwin's Blue Eagles.

There might be a logjam at his position, whereas the UP frontcourt is wide and clear. Lopez is best at the three, and Ateneo has that filled. Zavier Lucero's spot is still up for grabs in Diliman, though.

There are numerous college recruitment coups that arise, since the best want to play with the best. Unlike the pros, such team-ups are celebrated as a brotherhood of excellence. Not to insinuate anything, but there could be a more compelling reason to leave a topnotch program like Tab Baldwin's Blue Eagles.There might be a logjam at his position, whereas the UP frontcourt is wide and clear. Lopez is best at the three, and Ateneo has that filled. Zavier Lucero's spot is still up for grabs in Diliman, though.