New LA Clippers Face Same Old Pressures and Expectations

September 30th, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

The more things change, the more they stay the same for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Of the 17 players wearing the team's new threads in training camp, 10 are fresh faces—as Clippers, that is. Pablo Prigioni, 38, and Paul Pierce, 37, are the fifth- and ninth-oldest players in the NBA, respectively. Nikoloz Tskitishvili might as well be that seasoned, after spending close to a decade overseas between stints in the Association.

For the work he and his front office put in to beef up L.A.'s roster, Doc Rivers, once derided for his curious personnel moves, has seemingly earned his stripes as a general manager.

There have even been shifts among the incumbents—some subtle, some not.

At Clippers media day, Chris Paul, a stern leader since his arrival in L.A. in 2011, provided more levity than usual. Blake Griffin, often quieter despite what his comedic TV persona would suggest, took control of the conversation at times without prompting. All the while, it was DeAndre Jordan, previously the third wheel of L.A.'s Big Three, who fielded the lion's share of questions during his time on the dais, follo ...

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