The LA Clippers have always been in the shadow of the LA Lakers, but in recent years the team has really improved and gained its own respect in the NBA.
When the 2014-2015 NBA season was over, it was the Clippers who made the playoffs, and the LA Lakers did not. And yet, the team didn’t have enough to go deeper into the playoffs.
After watching the Clippers lose Game 7 to the Rockets, the LA Lakers great Magic Johnson noted that, even with all-stars in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, “the Clippers are still the Clippers.”
“The Clippers organization will always remember not closing out the Rockets in Game 6 at home. That game will always haunt them,” Johnson said on Twitter.
“I thought the Spurs taught the Clippers how to win after a tough 7 game series. I was wrong. The Clippers are still the Clippers,” he said.
He added that in his opinion, the Clippers must make roster changes if they want to get to the Western Conference Finals and the NBA Finals.
As for his former team, the LA Lakers, Johnson said he “guarantees” that the team “will be better next year”.
The rumors in 2014 that Johnson is interested in purchasing the Clippers turned out to be false.
Johnson’s career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations.
He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. He played in 906 NBA games, holding career averages of 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg and 7.2 rpg in 36.7 minutes per game.
Johnson was a member of the “Dream Team”, the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. He also is a 5-time NBA Champion.
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