L.A. Clippers Success in 2012-13 Is Quickly Sweeping Away Decades of Futility

December 18th, 2012 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
The myriad of success enjoyed by the 2012-13 Los Angeles Clippers is unlike anything the franchise has ever experienced.

The organization made its NBA debut in 1970-71 as the Buffalo Braves, then relocated to San Diego for the 1978-79 season (where they took on the Clippers moniker). They finally landed in Los Angeles for the 1984-85 season.

To say that this franchise has struggled is like saying that they might have reached when they made Michael Olowokandi the first overall pick of the 1998 draft. 

They haven't just been bad, they've been Clippers bad.

They have fewer winning seasons (eight if you count this year) than those with a sub-.300 winning percentage (13).

Needless to say, they are one of 13 organizations to have never won an NBA title. They have nary an appearance in the NBA Finals or even in the Conference Finals.

But their string of misfortunes appeared to be nearing its end just one year ago. After commissioner David Stern vetoed the Los Angeles Lakers trade to acquire then-New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul, the Clippers swooped in with their own offer and landed the perennial All-St ...

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