While the Clippers beat up on the Lakers in the final game of the season, Kevin and I chatted about what transpired this year and what lies ahead for the Clippers this offseason.
Kevin Arnovitz: So what have we learned this season?
D.J. Foster: I think we’ve learned a lot about the roles chemistry and stability play in building a winning team. There were just too many uncertainties this season — when would Blake Griffin return? When would Dunleavy get fired? Fact is, before the news came out about Griffin’s injury being season-ending, the Clippers were hovering right around .500 and were actually playing a pretty good brand of basketball.
Arnovitz: I think we also learned that:
- Winning basketball teams have guys who (a) demand double-teams and (b) can work out of those double-teams.
- A team must field players who can move the ball effectively. Outside of Baron Davis, Marcus Camby was the only guy on the roster with any sort of pure point skill set.
- We’ve learned that Chris Kaman on the block, while an effective tool and certainly a tent pole for the offense, isn’t an efficient enough option to carry the offense.
And therein lies the hope.