In a response to a Sportscenter Instagram post that highlighted some of the most entertaining moments from the LA Clippers’ ‘Lob City’ era, former Clippers forward Matt Barnes commented “We were our own worst enemy.”
It’s an astute point, and Barnes is not the only Lob City teammate to have been so forthcoming about the Clippers’ missed opportunities (J.J. Redick has said about as much multiple times on his podcast). It seems that the consensus takeaway from this era of Clippers basketball—the first in which they were truly considered title contenders—was that they did not reach their full potential.
The Sportscenter post was mostly comprised of Blake Griffin dunks, as they should be. Griffin might not have been the best player on those Clippers teams, but he was emblematic of the culture the Clippers had built. They were the most entertaining team in Los Angeles because of him (at least