Are you seriously not comprehending the full impact of allowing the Clippers to pair up two of the best players in the league side by side? Both of whom are the best at their given positions AND are complementary to eachother's games? I really can't believe that I'm having to spell this out. And I'm the one talking nonsense? And why are you linking me to tidbits from his rookie year when Blake has barely shown any improvement in the last 3 years?
What part of Blake Griffin + All-Star = mediocre team is difficult to understand? You get a high pick if you go with a clean slate and rebuild from the ground up. Not next season, this is a multiple year plan in the future once Kobe is retired. With Griffin or a "handful" of nice pieces, we're getting a diminished return on our initial investment of a superstar in Dwight Howard. You won't get some amazing assets from Griffin, not unless we swindle a team into dealing us the 1st pick for Andrew Wiggins or something. It's not so simple covering the void that a player like Dwight Howard will leave behind. And the reminders will be there right across the hallway as he and Chris Paul unleash one of the most lethal P&R combinations of all time on the league.
I'd rather we be horrible and tank for a few years than remain mediocre for a decade while the Clippers become the MUCH better team AND the premier team in Los Angeles. No amount of Lakers homerism will change the fact that the Clippers would easily become the hottest ticket in town if they had a pairing of Dwight Howard and Chris Paul and dominating the Western Conference. We wouldn't even be in the conversation unless by some miracle LeBron joined us, but that will be impossible after tonight.
Oh nice, we'll have a couple of 27th-30th picks as the Clippers run through a depleted Western Conference with many of their 00s eras stars retiring and barely any competition aside from the Thunder. I can't wait to be a 6th-8th seed getting knocked out in the 1st round every year. Sounds great.
First of all, forget the Malone comparison.
Regarding the Clippers. They’re going to be good for a while and we as Laker fans have to accept that. Even without Dwight, if they get Doc Rivers, KG and Pierce and move Bledsoe for Afflalo, they’re going to be an insanely good team that can compete for a championship. I just think and hope that with the new cba and their cheap retard of an owner they will eventually do something very cheap and Clipper-ish and end up missing their opportunity. Also, I really don’t trust the health of CP going forward – a season or two, perhaps, but he is one of the guys who cannot afford to lose a step. At the same time I don’t trust the health of KG or Pierce either.
Back to Griffin. I really disagree on Griffin’s potential as well. If you had to pick a guy who could be a #2 or #3 option on a championship team going forward, I think with Griffin’s age, skills and athleticism, he’d be among the top guys you'd look at and if you wanted to rebuild you could easily move him for a young prospect and a couple of high picks, which would really speed up the rebuilding process.
Also, why does Griffin+all star sound that bad? With Griffin and Bledsoe and perhaps Kobe and Pau willing to take less, that all-star could be Lebron James.
Finally, giving Dwight up to the damn Rockets for nothing is to me just as bad an idea as “helping” the Clippers. If the Rockets signed Dwight, they could do a sign-and-trade deal with Asik or Lin for a guy like Millsap or Josh Smith and being under the cap they could even use the full mid-level. That’s a potential strong team as well.