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Los Angeles Clippers training camp 2013: Lob City is no more

Photo Credit: Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports

It’s been covered to death; Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin made it clear when he spoke to ESPN’s Shelley Smith:

(via ESPN.com)

“Lob City doesn’t exist anymore, Lob City is done.” 

Alright, Blake, Lob City doesn’t exist anymore? Last season’s ultra-efficient season was an offensive juggernaut. In the regular season, the Clips were sixth in the league in scoring with 101.1 points per game, fourth in the league in assists at 23.6, and first in the league in steals at 9.6. These numbers do not just disappear.

Coach Doc Rivers mentioned a little difference in the offensive scheme with the “motion offense.” He wants the offense to be in constant motion to open up driving lanes and give shooters like J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley, and Jamal Crawford room to shoot. This offense also allows average and below-average offensive players like DeAndre Jordan and, at times, Griffin, more leniency.

So, hire a good defensive coach with a resume, check. Create driving lines for better shooting opportunities, check. And cover up offensive tendencies and players like Jordan, check. Sounds a lot like Lob City is about to be upgraded, if anything.

The comments in training camp are all about change. Clippers fans should be overjoyed that Rivers is going out of his way to address the biggest weaknesses of the team: stagnant offensive stretches, the ego of Jordan, and the stigma that the Clippers cannot play a “traditional” offensive set. He’s saying the right things and the players are preaching it. So, how is this not Lob City, still?

The short answer is that it is. And it isn’t. It’s the “motion offense” with better defensive tenacity and better shooters. So, instead of labeling it a dunking team, the Clippers want to be known as the complete package.

No problem.

When you’re the fourth most efficient offense in the NBA in 2012-13, you’ve earned the right to change whatever self-proclaimed nickname was given to you. But, after this year, they’ll aim for the best nickname possible.

NBA Champions.

Photo Credit: Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports

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Timothy Lee

Timothy Lee is a sports and video game journalist born and raised in Southern California. He is great at finding the important detail in the mundane and ordinary. He has published articles for Riot Games, IGN.com, 1UP.com, Rotowire.com, and SBNation.