The Clippers have won three games in a row and have looked good doing so, giving all of us here in Clipperland actual reason to be optimistic about the season. Not like they have a chance to make the playoffs this year but, they’re playing good basketball and are auditioning both new players they’ll hold the Bird Rights to this off-season but also a new head coach in Kim Hughes (not that I think Hughes has a realistic chance at staying on as head coach for next season, but still). Yup, for the first time in a while, I’m starting to believe my hope in the Clippers is rooted in reality.
At work today, someone was comparing a good product we sell to a not-so-good product we sell and, in an attempt to make the comparison more obvious, he asked, “would you rather have Laker tickets or Clipper tickets?” I shouted that I’d rather have Clipper tickets (especially if they were playing the Lakers), and the roomful of fair-weather fans or just plain idiots laughed and said that San Dimas High School Football Rules! Or something about the Lakers.
Now, I’m delusional but I’m not suggesting in any way that the Clippers are in better shape than the Lakers are, franchise-wise. I’m just saying I personally would rather have tickets to see the Clippers.
But tonight I read that Blake Griffin’s recovery from knee surgery is coming along slightly better than had been expected and he should be at 100% come May. Then my mind started wandering into the hypotheticals that have come to be a regular visitor here in Clipperland – if Griffin is healthy and works out with the coaching staff all summer (maybe plays in Summer League), the Clippers draft an athletic wing, resign Travis Outlaw (who I’ve always called Bo), Drew Gooden, Steve Blake and Rasual Butler, AND sign a certain big-ticket free agent this summer to pair with Baron, Eric Gordon and Kaman…
And that’s when the trouble started.