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Chris Paul reveals what Clippers lacked during Lob City era

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Veteran guard Chris Paul has recently opened up about his time with the Los Angeles Clippers and why they were never able to win a championship.

The 6-foot-1 point guard, who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, shared what he believes to be one of the most important factors the “Lob City” era Clippers lacked: luck.

Speaking on the Quibi documentary “Blackballed,” Paul explained why he came to this conclusion:

“[Clippers head coach Doc Rivers] used to always say in order to win a championship, you gotta be lucky,” Chris Paul said, via Farbod Esnaashari of SI. “We never were lucky. I don’t think the Donald Sterling thing had anything to do with our shortcomings as a team. It was definitely a bump in the road, something unexpected, but that’s life.”

Paul played for the Clippers between 2011 and 2017, and throughout his six years with the team, L.A. was a permanent fixture in the Western Conference Playoffs. They never got beyond the second round,though, which is probably why Paul is lamenting their apparent lack of luck here.

It is also worth noting how Paul pointed out the Donald Sterling controversy back in 2014. This was a dark period in Clippers franchise history, but it resulted in the arrival of new team owner Steve Ballmer, which proved to be tremendous step up for the organization. In Paul’s mind, the Sterling issue had little, if anything, to do with the team’s failures.

Paul’s Clipper stint ended in 2018 when he signed with the Houston Rockets as a free agent. That pretty much marked the end of the “Lob City” era in L.A.