LA Clippers have a clear leader in Blake Griffin

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Blake Griffin
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Blake Griffin /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 18: Blake Griffin
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 18: Blake Griffin /

The past six seasons have seen Blake Griffin paired with an all time player in Chris Paul. Now that CP3 is gone, can Blake step up and lead the LA Clippers?

The duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin had some amazing ups and some low lows. They never seemed to fully click, especially with Blake’s evolution as a player. Now that Chris is gone, Blake Griffin must step up and become the leader the LA Clippers need.

No one ever really talks about Blake Griffin and Chris Paul‘s relationship. People might not be interested, but Chris came ready to soar higher than he had ever been with the Hornets. Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were in their early 20’s and they were ready to for Lob City. Griffin and Jordan were still getting their bodies used to the water and Chris was ready to hoist up a title. Whether it was clashing heads, or just bad luck, their time together was overshadowed by their inability to reach at least the Western Conference Finals.

No one wants to get yelled at during the game, and maybe leading one way wont get you as far as you think. The run the Clippers had with their core three, along with JJ Redick, constantly made nice yet disappointing runs in the playoffs. With some bad losses in the series with Oklahoma City and Houston, and some tough breaks against Portland and Utah, the Clippers seemed to miss four years of possible great success. But it was the Point God, who decided to go a different direction.

Then, Woj broke news that CP3 was gone as part of a trade between the Clippers and Rockets. It was the end of Lob City and it was the end of an era in which the Clippers had the most success in its lackluster history.