Over at TrueHoop, a bit of a post-mortem for the 2013-14 Los Angeles Clippers: the fall in the postseason, and how despite some bumps, it’s all a part of the process.
Curious but telling phrases popped up in Rivers’ lexicon this past season: “emotional hijacking,” “victim role.” Euphemisms with an emphasis on what can be controlled. And there’s a lot the Clippers can’t control.
They couldn’t control Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder in crucial moments of back-to-back games. They couldn’t control whatever questionable officiating colored their playoff run. They certainly can’t control the erratic actions of a seemingly anosognosic owner.
The Clippers lacked agency in so many areas, but one they’re able to take possession of is the on-court shortcomings. How do they address those personnel failings though? What is the offseason edict for Los Angeles Clippers basketball?