The LA Clippers must confront three major question marks on their pursuit of the 2021 NBA Championship.
With the 2020/21 iteration of the Los Angeles Clippers descending upon training camp this week, the squad will be presented with three burning questions that must be addressed ahead of what promises to be an unforgettable season.
And with only weeks until competitive basketball begins, the Clippers’ camp will assuredly form the pillars of culture and chemistry that could decide the fate of their campaign.
Can Tyronn Lue reinvigorate the LA Clippers after postseason capitulation?
The 2020/21 NBA season will be Coach Tyronn Lue’s first year in charge of the Los Angeles Clippers, after two stints as an assistant in the 2013/14 and 2019/20 seasons.
Lue is promoted after the unceremonious dismissal of Doc Rivers after bowing out of the 2019/20 playoffs in embarrassing fashion, conceding a 3-1 series lead to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals.
After a catastrophic playoff departure last season, Lue will be tasked with rejuvenating a roster still carrying the mental demons from The Bubble. Allowing his roster to compete free of any psychological burden will be critical to finding success this term, and will help the side return to the belligerent identity that was paramount to the overachievements of the Clippers’ 2018/19 campaign.
Lue’s coaching pedigree will position the 43-year-old in a strong position to maximize the talents of his roster. The 11-year NBA playing veteran previously coached the Cleveland Cavaliers to three straight NBA Finals from 2016-18 and famously overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors in his first season as the main voice in the locker room.
A young coach with an already impressive coaching CV will assuredly command the respect of the playing personnel, who will be challenged to reach unprecedented heights under Lue’s hard-nosed basketball philosophy.
An ability to confront his players has earned Lue plaudits throughout his coaching career, most notably during his time with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, where he demanded more of his superstars to elevate their squad’s play.