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Now Hiring! Clippers' looking for a full-time lifeguard
By Tamara Latta
Sentinel Sports Writer
What in the world is going on in Clipper nation?
The past month has been a calamity. They have won only 5 out of the last 16 games played, and ten of those losses were by double-digits. Not to mention one of their losses were by the New Jersey Nets, who are the worst team in the NBA.
They've been drowning and not one player on the roster is willing (or able) to be the lifeguard. The Clippers are heading to their fifth straight losing season. All the respect they gained back in 2005-06,when they advanced to the second round of the playoffs, has been disregarded.
I really thought the Clips had a chance to make the playoffs this season. Go ahead and ask me if I'm delusional? Well that was until Blake Griffin was ruled out for the season.
Now Players seem to be unmotivated about playing basketball. With a new coach and roster you'd think things would have changed. According to Rasual Butler, the transition was supposed to give them better assistance offensively.
"We're more athletic now," said Butler. "We have more offensive threats on the floor and more quickness."
But it looks like the new coach and the trades that took place last month put a white flag on the season.
The Clippers change players like they change clothes. I mean seriously how can you get comfortable and expect the chemistry to kick in, when you're here today and gone tomorrow. At some point, players start to think the job is a bad relationship and you're only in it for the money.
Chris Kaman is the only player on the team that has been in a relationship with the Clippers for over five years. Everyone else is a freshman, sophomore or junior on the team.
"Everything will be alright" said Kaman.
Hopefully next season things will be alright, because this season is done. There will be a lot of signing going on during the off-season, and the Clippers will try to convince an A-LIST player to sign their name on the dotted line. Would Lebron James leave the Cavs or deny the Knicks, for the Clips? What about Chris Bosh? Dwayne Wade?
Those would be the only three players who could promise the Clippers a playoff spot next season. They can shoot for Amar'e Stoudemire, (if he declines the 17 million from the Suns next season) Joe Johnson or Carlos Boozer. They have the money available to compete for these players, but the history of the Clippers is hurting their chance.
Their only hope right now is that Baron Davis stays highly motivated during the off-season, Eric Gordon transforms into that superstar that he is believed to be and that Blake Griffin makes a full recovery.
If that doesn't work they still have a chance to win a lottery pick in the 2010 NBA draft. A lot to hope for, but somebody has to want the lifeguard position.