The arrival of coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers may mark an end of an era. And I’m not talking about the Lakers dominance over the Clippers (that ended last year, right). I’m talking about the end of “Lob City.”
At least, according to Clippers’ star forward Blake Griffin in an interview with ESPN:
Lob City doesn’t exist anymore. Lob City is done. 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. Our offense is going to have a totally different look this year. Our offense is going to have a lot of movement and floor spacing. I’m looking forward to it.
Apparently, Doc Rivers wants to emphasize defensive-minded basketball, similar to the style that brought a championship to the Boston Celtics during his tenure there. However, he also had the likes of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo.
The Clippers have the 2010 Slam dunk champion in Griffin and an outstanding point guard in Chris Paul, although Rivers let Paul know he wasn’t “anything” recently. These two players were perfect for the high-flying offense, nicknamed “Lob City,” that fans will surely miss. However fun to watch, the “Lob City” approach hasn’t given the Clippers much playoff success in recent years, and this change might actually mean the Clippers are working for a championship (for once). At least, if it works.
For now, “Lob City” has gone the way of the dinosaur in Los Angeles, and is nothing more than a ghost town.