JJ Redick Weighs In On What Doomed the Los Angeles Clippers

May 7, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) in action against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter in game four of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Lob City Los Angeles Clippers were one of the most entertaining teams in recent memory.

With three likable All-Star players in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Los Angeles Clippers were one of the darlings of the NBA when they rose to prominence in the early 2010s.

Though all three of those players have moved on to other franchises, the memories (both good and bad) of their unforgettable run remains, including CP3’s epic game-winner against the Spurs in 2015:

As well as the team’s historic 4th-quarter collapse in Game 6 against -ahem- Josh Smith and Corey Brewer (not James Harden) of the Houston Rockets in the next round:

Another major player in the Lob City-era Los Angeles Clippers teams was JJ Redick, who recently went on Barstool Sports’s Pardon my Take podcast to help clear up some of the reasons why the the success of the Clippers could not be sustained, as well as some of the major reasons why the Lob City Clips fell apart:

“I don’t think there was one moment. Doc used to always talk about how when one group was together for a long period of time, instead of getting closer together you end up pointing fingers at each other. It was weird because separately everybody was really cool with each other, off the court everybody sort of got along. And then, there was just so much pettiness, it was just pettiness. It’s weird to think what we had the potential to accomplish and what ultimately derailed that was pettiness. Like, Donald Trump-level pettiness.”

Of course, it could also be argued that injuries played a huge role in the Clippers postseason failures, as both Griffin and Paul frequently suffered nagging injuries. Though Jordan was an iron man for the team, the engine of Lob City Clippers’ successes were those two players, and losing them for significant periods of time hurt the team when it was “winning time” in the playoffs.