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Chris Paul admits he ‘appreciated’ Blake Griffin more after he left Clippers

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Clippers

By now, everyone knows Chris Paul and Blake Griffin had issues on the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s why the Clips never won a championship despite having all the talent in the world.

Paul and Griffin were the two best players on the team. Despite their chemistry on alley-oops, Paul and Griffin didn’t see eye to eye behind the scenes and the Clippers never made it past the second round of the postseason in the Lob City era.

However, Paul now admits that he “appreciated” Griffin more after he left the Clippers in the summer of 2017. The future Hall of Famer talked to Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes on the All The Smoke Podcast about his stint with the Clippers:

“It’s seriously one of those things you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone,” Chris Paul said. “I think about it at times. And me and Blake Griffin absolutely had our issues here and there, but I actually appreciated Blake probably a lot more after I left.”

The Lob City Clippers were so fun to watch. It’s unfortunate the club wasn’t able to put it all together once the playoffs started.

The Clippers traded Paul to the Houston Rockets in the offseason of 2017, ending the Lob City era. Los Angeles then traded Griffin to the Detroit Pistons in January of 2018.

DeAndre Jordan left the Clippers in free agency for the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2018.

The Clippers have obviously rebounded nicely since the end of Lob City. They now have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George leading the charge.