The Los Angeles Clippers have been the model of futility over the years. The team has been around for 48 years(Buffalo, San Diego, Los Angeles) and has only been to the playoffs 13 times, which is terrible.
However, in the mid-2000s, things started to get better. The franchise won its first playoff series in the 2005-06 season, and a few years later, they had their best run of success from 2012-2017, where they averaged 54 wins a season during that period, but they never could get past the second round of the playoffs.
Unfortunately, during that time, the team had a lousy owner in Donald Sterling, who was ultimately forced to sell the team to the current owner, Steve Ballmer, in 2014. Now, with the trade of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the Clippers are back to rebuilding again.
But, fortunately for the Clippers, they may have finally gotten that elusive championship in the most unlikely way.
Team Power, of the BIG3, won the BIG3 Championship Game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night. Power’s roster has five former Clippers: Corey Maggette, Ryan Gomes, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Quentin Richardson, and Cuttino Mobley, and according to Richardson, you can call this victory a Clippers’ championship.
“It’s kind of like a Clippers championship because of my Clippers’ brothers,” Richardson told Paul Gant after winning the BIG3 title.
Listen below as Richardson explains why this is like a Clippers championship: