Skip to main content

CP3 REVEALS HIS REGRETS ABOUT LOB CITY “I appreciated him more after I left”


Before the NBA went on hiatus, the Los Angeles Clippers were most people's favorites for winning the title. The additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, along with proven veterans, talented young prospects, and a title-winning coach, gave the Clippers a realistic shot at winning the championship, a chance that many people believe Clippers had from 2012-2017. During that time, the Lob City Clippers, led by Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan were one of the best teams in the league, and indeed were one of the most fun to watch. However, they never really lived up to the hype and were never able to pass the second round of the playoffs.

After the split of the big 3, we began to get intel about dysfunctions in Clippers' locker room. Doc Rivers, who won a championship in the NBA and knew what the traits that team has to have for such an accomplishment are said that he "never felt like he could get that group to understand that this was their time, the urgency of it." Matt Barnes, who was once also a part of that Clippers team, said that players had ego issues

“We were in our own way. Just too many egos, young acting. We thought we were going to be the Warriors right up until they won the championship. We knocked them out of the playoffs the year before they came back and won, so we had a very talented team. We just couldn't get on the same page. It was crazy. We were all cool off the court and I was like 'how are we cool off the court and can't get it together on the court?' That was our mental toughness was what kept us from winning championships for the Clippers.”

Matt Barnes, via Give Me Sport

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Chris Paul, the leader of that Lob City group, was a guest at SHOWTIME basketball podcast, years after the split. He discussed his days with the Clippers with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. Hetalked about the depth they had an all the great teammates he had there. And sure enough, Clippers had some great players throughout the Lob City years, but something was always missing. The overall talent of the team was never a problem. Injuries aside, it was always some internal, behind the scenes stuff that kept the Lob City Clippers from fulfilling their potential. Now, looking back on it, it seems like Chris Paul himself has some regrets and that he would have done some things differently:

“It's one of those things when you don't realize what you had until it's gone. I think about it at times. Blake and I had our issues here and there, and I appreciated him more after I left, especially after he started shooting 3's.”

Chris Paul, via All The Smoke

The NBA had seen many examples of talented duos that let their personalities get in the way of fulfilling their potential. Kobe had beef with Shaq, Shaq had one with Penny before joining the Lakers, Larry Johson and Alonzo Mourning split after only three years, and most recently KD and Russ who couldn't adjust their playstyles to one another. Paul-Griffin tandem belongs to the list of underachieving NBA duos.

The relationship between Chris and Blake was a tense one. They both have huge egos, and they couldn't manage them properly. We know about Paul's reputation as a fierce competitor and a demanding leader. This just doesn't sit well with all the players, and that's why Chris has been called a bad teammate throughout his career. Glen Davis referred to Chris as a "very bad teammate, "and Kenyon Martin talked about not trusting CP, referring to him as "a politician "and explaining how, in dealing with coaches and management, it seems like "he has a hidden agenda that doesn't include the other 14 guys." Paul is very vocal and isn't afraid to say stuff that you might don't want to hear. Even Blake said that if you want to play with CP, you "have to be built for it."

On the other side, Blake is just a different type of personality. Austin Rivers called Blake "more approachable", and it seems like that's how he wanted to lead. Clippers' locker room was split by two great players who had the same goal but different approaches in achieving it. That is what held them back from making a leap from a perennial playoff team to a true contender.

New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd and Boston Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine

Brian Scalabrine credits Jason Kidd for turning him into the White Mamba

White Mamba was honest about the fact that without Kidd, he'd be out of the NBA in three months.


Draymond Green had a huge blunt station at his wedding

No wonder LeBron, Curry, Tatum, and numerous other NBA stars had such a great time at Draymond's wedding.


Skip Bayless takes a dig at Bronny James' monster dunk: "Your dad would have done it better!"

It seems like Skip is planting seeds to hate on the next generation of LeBron James and his family.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye

“Everyone loves this conversation, but stop it, because the things that you judge it by is never the same.” — Channing Frye hates the GOAT debate

Frye explains why Shaquille O'Neal's percieved value has depreciated over time because of the GOAT conversation.

Michigan State Spartans center Anthony Ianni and forward Draymond Green

Why ex-teammate Anthony Ianni calls his friendship with Draymond Green a blessing in disguise

A great story explaining why Draymond is beloved by teammates, despite his abrasive character.

Golden State Warriors head coach Keith Smart instructs point guard Stephen Curry

“He didn't believe that much in Steph and would bench him a lot” — Jeremy Lin opens up about the rocky relationship between Steph Curry and his former coach Keith Smart

During Steph's second year in the league, he was often yelled at, benched during the 4th quarter, and reprimanded by his former coach, Keith Smart.