Congrats to the inventor of Nellie Ball, he deserves it.
Anyways in response to the response:
No duh its common sense any team with good management will be successful, why do you think the Clippers have sucked so hard for so long. I never argued against that. They need to hire a competent GM who knows what he’s doing. Mike Dunleavy was the closest the Clippers got but his incompetence as a coach was what really ended his run here. No curse there, just incompetency in the front office that needs change.
Then the injuries to Livingston and Griffin? Unlucky situations that was bound to happen. Livingston was athletic but he also had a skinny frame that also made him a liability comparable to many of the players on the Golden State Warriors right now such as Anthony Randolph. It was just unfortunate that his injury was really devastating and kept him from playing for over two years. Curse? Not really, just really a really tragic injury that could have happened to any player of his frame. I wish him the best though in the Wizards.
Griffin on the other hand already had history of knee problems before he was drafted by the Clippers. On collegehoopsnet.com One of Griffin’s weakness was “injuries to both his knees during his freshman collegiate season.” So it was commonly known that Griffin had knee problems. Is that a curse? No, it was the Clippers drafting the best guy out of college who had some knee problems in the past.
Now for naming all the guys the Clippers drafted?
Michael Olowakandi – Drafted in a class full of question marks. At that time, the media hyped him up as one of the next big things because of his size and upside. So he was the number one pick in a draft where the third pick was Raef LaFrentz. Many thought Olowakandi would have loads of potential and become huge but instead, the Kandiman turned out to be a lazy bum who did little to improve, even when the Clippers hired Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul Jabber to coach and train him. Was it the Clippers fault he did not get better? Not really. Did Michael Olowakandi suck and is considered a bust? Yes. Curse? No. Also was Michael Olowakandi injured in his first season of basketball because he played 50 games? No, his year was the lockout season where there was only half the season played. Many people tend to overlook this.
Darius Miles – Drafted because of his hype as a high school player and athletic but also had the same skinny frame as Shaun Livingston so injuries was going to happen. Also had a bad attitude and trading him for Andre Miller at the time was considered a good idea because Andre Miller at that time lead the league in assists. Clippers curse because he was dealt with really huge injuries while on the Cavs and Portland after he was traded? I doubt it, those two teams sucked too at the time.
Elton Brand – NEVER had an injury problem with the Clippers till the 2007 season when he tore his a chillies heel. One of the Clippers best players and hardest workers who improved tremendously from a power forward with a good inside game to a power forward with a good jump shot, inside game, and defensive presence. Clippers curse that his first season with the Sixers was filled with injuries? I don’t think so. Clippers curse that he sucks with the Sixers now? No, they just have a coach whose playing style does not match.
Chris Wilcox – Bad draft pick but was seen with loads of potential because he played “collegiately at the University of Maryland, where he helped the Terrapins win their first NCAA championship in 2002. While at Whiteville High School in Whiteville, North Carolina, he led the basketball team to the 2A State Championship in 1999, before transferring to William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, NC for his senior year.” Anyone with that resume would be drafted high but at the same time, Chris Wilcox was bought in as a backup to Elton Brand and therefore was never given an opportunity to develop. Curse that he was never the player he was in college? Well you can ask Morrison that too.
Chris Kaman – turned himself into a good starting center with a jump shot. Still could use some improvements in some areas but hey, he’s an all star too.
Livingston – explained earlier.
Yaroslav Korelev – Bad pick by Mike Dunleavy. One of his worst GM decisions ever. Clippers curse that he’s an idiot and could have picked Danny Granger? No, just an idiotic decision. Also, Danny Granger has knee problems too which can be seen with his injuries throughout this season with the Pacers. Is he cursed because the Clippers didn’t pick him? Of course not.
Al Thornton – Good slasher who never really had injury problems. But at the age of 27, he has shown little improvement with the Clippers even though he was a starter for his first two seasons and then had to fight for a starting position this season which he lost to Rasual Butler. Most player’s talents peak at the ages of 27 and 28. Thornton has plateaued and is not seen more as a slasher who knows how to get to the rim. Clippers curse that he couldn’t become the player that everyone thought he would be? No, just high expectations that was not met. Also, Thornton was traded more for cap space and not because the Clippers didn’t want him. This year’s free agency is pretty important and Thornton leaving is just a casualty of the business.
Eric Gordon – Clippers staff not letting him develop? He is the starting shooting guard and is being given all the opportunities in the world to become a good player. And right now, he’s a great player. He can score 20+ points a night when given the opportunity. His defense is spectacular (ie. how he handled Kobe, Wade, and Roy in a week beginning of January) Clippers curse that he is not an all star in his second year? Not really, takes years to become an all star. Clippers curse that he is not producing at the moment? The season is done and no one else on the Clippers is putting up good numbers besides Baron Davis.
I never argued that the Clippers had bad management. I merely stated that “with the right players and management, the Clippers can go that far too” like the Saints. I never said the Clippers are successful right now, I just said that they can be with the right players and management. To take what I said way off course with a biased rant on what happened to some of the Clippers players over the years is funny. Yes they suck at the moment, and yes, they need new management. Yes, they have injury problems. And yes next season is a huge question mark at the moment because everything is being banked on this summer.
But no, the Clippers are not cursed. Just a team that needs a better front office.
And yes it’s okay to hate on the Los Angeles Clippers. But please be informed before you do instead of just throwing bad information around as arguments. Knowledge is power.