The biggest threat to the Clippers becoming a contender in the next few years is the Clippers.
Not the players so much but the organization and owner that have been a laughing stock for decades due to poor management. Do you think they were able to trade that away? Not if you listen to Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon.
The two current Hornets talked with Marc Spears of Yahoo about their experience with the Clippers and the trade that brought them to New Orleans. And both didn’t hesitate to smack the Clippers.
“(The Hornets are) very professional,” Kaman said. “I’m not used to that. No, serious. It was an adjustment. After eight years [with the Clippers], I didn’t know it could be like this. I wasn’t used to it. The way they handle business … they’re up front with you and they tell you what’s going on and what’s going to happen….”
“All you do is take the man’s word and take that he said that no one is going to go anywhere,” Gordon told Yahoo! Sports. “… To completely lie like that is something unprofessional.”
The Clippers explained the situation this way: They had broken off talks with New Orleans and told Gordon and Kaman they were no longer pursuing the trade. Then 24 hours later the Hornets (owned by the league) called up and wanted to negotiate more, offering a deal the Clippers liked better. However, after the league had killed the Lakers deal for Chris Paul just days before, the Clippers were worried and didn’t tell Kaman or Gordon or anyone else that the deal was close again.
So Kaman and Gordon learned about the deal on twitter while at a community event with Clippers season ticket holders.
You can say these comments is just sour grapes from a couple of players who got traded, but this kind of treatment of staff and players is long-running throughout the organization. I’m not going to repeat stories I was told off the record, but know that there are many more similar in tone to this. And some terrible stuff on the record, too.
The Clippers are fun, they are exciting, they have a bright future right now with two of the most exciting players in the league paired together and some good young talent around them. They have a basketball front office that can get this team to an elite level. So long as everyone else in the organization just stays out of their way and doesn’t screw it up.