Sugene Lee

The End of this season is only the Beginning for the Clippers

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2011 at 6:59 am

The Clippers were never worth mentioning in any NBA topic except for one: the team that will never succeed. However, things changed since the entrance of Blake Griffin. Or did it? Blake was the first overall pick in the 2009 draft and fans began buzzing about this rookie. Things started to look up, until the so-called “Clippers Curse” happened. The last pre-season game against the New Orleans Hornets took a toll on Blake. After another sensational dunk, he came down landing and chipping a bone in his knee. Fans’ hopes still rose, until it was announced he would miss out on the rest of the season that never started. Despite this unfortunate event, this is the past. Today is the present, tomorrow is the future, and that is all Blake Griffin and the rest of the Clippers team look forward to.

Even weeks after their elimination from the playoffs, they hold their head up high and play as if they are entering the 2011 playoffs. Yes, they only won 10 games out of the last 20 games, but they came out and played hard in a playoff atmosphere. Although not excusable, this fact is worth mentioning: the Clippers had less than 10 games with the FULL roster available. They were still able to adjust and pick up their game, especially from mid-December to the whole month of January. Then came the dreadful, LONG road-trip, without their top-scorer, Eric Gordon. Through all these hardships, the Clippers, especially Blake Griffin, still became a hot-topic in the NBA.

A definite winner of Rookie of the Year, Blake Griffin has changed the league with his impressive dunks, but also with his humble character, charisma and endless determination. One weekend he will never forget: All-Star Weekend. He is the first person EVER to be a part of the Rookie/Sophomore Challenge, Slam Dunk Contest, and the All-Star Game. And now, probably the first ever to win in all those categories. Rookies win, Blake is the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest Champion and the West was able to take the win this year. With the extremely busy schedule, Blake was able to get through the weekend without one complaint and showed his gratitude for the fact that he was just able to play this year. He composed himself extremely well even though he could have backed out with everyone understanding when one of his best friends passed a couple days before the crazy weekend. He will become the new face in this league and will be forever known as one of the best players in NBA.

I call him, “Blake Almighty.”

This is only a preview of what the Clippers will become.

Final Game: Wednesday, April 13 @ Staples Center. 7:30 p.m VS. Memphis Grizzlies.

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