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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 1:45 pm  |  23 responses

‘Lob City’ is Dead According to Blake Griffin


Things are getting very serious for the LA Clippers. With expectations and the pressure sky-high, Blake Griffin says it’s time to move past “Lob City”. Per ESPN: “‘Lob City doesn’t exist anymore. Lob City is done,’ Griffin said. ‘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, and said his offensive game will change noticeably this season. The uptempo, exciting style of play the Clippers have become known for since point guard Chris Paul joined Griffin and fellow high-flyer DeAndre Jordan in 2011 has already been de-emphasized. ‘Our offense is going to have a totally different look this year,’ said Griffin, who added that he’d done a lot of work in the offseason on his face-up game from 10 to 15 feet. ‘Our offense is going to have a lot of movement and floor spacing. I’m looking forward to it.’ Of course, not everyone will feel the same way about the end of Lob City. Griffin, the 2010 NBA Slam Dunk champion, said he gets that. ‘People will still wear T-shirts,’ Griffin said. ‘I can’t really go to people’s houses and take their T-shirts and cut them up. But we [will] have a new identity as a team and that’s going to be what we work out during training camp. We’ll take about two or three weeks and really come up with something good.’”

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  • 360

    Yea so he’s going to just let the oop sail out of bounds and not dunk it…Right

  • shockexchange

    Maybe so, but they’re still be shooting commercials during the playoffs.

  • pposse

    it looks like doc has completely changed the mindsets of these clippers..its just really hard to fathom how a coach/ one person can do that to a team of grown men.

  • spit hot fiyah

    flop city is alive and well though

  • whooo!

    The Clips aren’t my favorite team, but having moved to LA, I bought season tix to watch lob city… For selfish reasons, I’m wondering if I’d much rather watch Vinny D’s Clippers than Doc’s… We’ll see how real the change is

  • LLC#12

    ” But we [will] have a new identity as a team and that’s going to be what we work out during training camp. We’ll take about two or three weeks and really come up with something good.’”

    I hope they use training camp for more than working out a new identity…

  • Jerome

    Sorry, but come February Doc is gonna wish he stayed in Boston.

  • Ugh

    The hell he is. The roster Ainge has assembled is woeful. The only way that guy will win executive of the year is if Houston trades an aging Dwight Howard to him for a packet of Lucky Charms.

  • Busta213

    You like to see a coach with a panicked and confused look on his face, huh…..

  • fruizm

    I DONT CARE ABOUT ANYTHING! I just want the NBA season to start!!!

  • M ck

    Yeah, two weeks should do it”……….

  • Lenin-Gil Phillips

    The Detroit Pistons will be the new “Lob City.”

  • Jerome

    Doc stays KG and Pierce stay. They may not have competed for the ‘Chip, but they would’ve went deep in the East again. Clips are lacking in comparison to nearly every other West team any given night.

  • danpowers

    the knicks scored the most alley oop dunks last season anyway. so much about lob city.

    i love that new approach tho. these clippers will be one bad a*s team

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    1st world countries generally baby adults until they older age due to the comforts of modern life.

    How many 20-30 yr old males still chase their base desires.

    WHen you come up in a 3rd world atmosphere where you have to walk for water, catch your own food. You don’t have time to waste time looking up what’s hottest Js or who’s dating who or reenact a youtube dance hit.

    Empathize for 30 seconds. CLose your eyes and imagine you had no water near you. You were thirsty and how to walk to a well 3 miles away in the middle of a desert.

  • guest

    This seems unrelated but I’m going to bite because I’m bored. This is true but I’m not sure what you’re trying to prove. The comforts of life have obviously A. made us weaker in some regards and B. are not fully appreciated by those of us who enjoy them. What are you trying to state beyond that?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    the person asked how can a coach (an adult male) do that to a team of GROWN MEN. Most athletes follow like a flock of sheep. I mean peer pressure is greatest hinderance to critical thinking.

    GROWN MEN should independently be able to make decisions. That’s why 18 is a legal age. 18 biologically has no significance most people have undergone puberty by 12-13 which is the biological age of adulthood. I mean most civilizations allowed for people to marry “underage”.

    It has to do with military obligations historically but i don’t think 18 should be the legal age for adulthood. IT causes dilemma in to many other aspects of american society.

  • guest

    Well it’s certainly an arbitrary designation but, again, I’m just asking what you are trying to assert. Just that we are “men” later than those people in 3rd world countries? I don’t think that’s true in some areas of American society. A lot of people have to grow up very fast.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    of course that’s true i agree. did you see the other thread about the sigfigs.

  • pposse

    Really the only point i was trying to make is that I really don’t see why Doc Rivers has to be the one to tell CP that he has not accomplished anything thus far in this league and then everyone follows suit. He can easily go on these forums and see me and some others say the same damn thing, or pick up the paper, etc. I don’t know Doc Rivers personally, nor aware of what he tells his team, but in a previous article they were saying how he tells it to his players very bluntly. I mean if you got 15-20 people on a team all with their own entourages and no one out of this mass of people can tell it to you bluntly then there is something wrong with the company you keep. This problem ruined Mike Tyson, but we are talking about players on a team, not one individual.

    Btw i empathize every day with the struggle your talking about, i hear about it damn near every day from some family member or another.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the question is, am i the only one who noticed that Blake Griffin is under the impression that Vinny Del Negro’s offense was actually called Lob City? like, ugh, what plays you run is not related to the team’s nickname bruh

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