The end of an era. In an interview during training camp Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin tells ESPN that Lob City is done.
“Lob City doesn’t exist anymore. Lob City is done,” Griffin told ESPN’s Shelley Smith in an interview this week. “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.”
Griffin stressed that new coach Doc Rivers has been instilling a defensive-minded culture, and said his offensive game will change noticeably this season. The uptempo, exciting style of play the Clippers have become known for since point guard Chris Paul joined Griffin and fellow high-flyer DeAndre Jordan in 2011 has already been de-emphasized.
via Blake Griffin: No more ‘Lob City’ | ESPN Los Angeles
If anyone second guessed the impact that former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers would have on this bunch here is some reaffirmation for you. Most importantly it shows the mindset that Griffin and other players have going into this season. They’re adopting the personality of the head coach and running with it.
This isn’t the first time Griffin has spoken on the Lob City nickname in a “negative light”. It was reported in January of 2012 that he and teammate Chris Paul weren’t fans of the slogan saying “It’s unfortunate,” Griffin said. “It’s one of those things where we understand it, but that’s not what we’re about. Before the game we’re not going out thinking, ‘All right, its Lob City tonight.’ We’re just trying to win games and trying to get better.”
This won’t mean the Clippers will stop dunking. They can’t just stop that unless they remove Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan‘s legs. They just won’t address the moniker anymore. A sign of maturation from the team.
But for now, let’s reminisce of the last of the Lob City days. It was extremely fun “while it lasted.”
Long live Lob City.