There's no denying the 2021-22 season ultimately ended in disappointment for the Los Angeles Clippers. After putting up a valiant effort without their two superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers came up short in the Play-In tournament as they missed out on the playoffs for just the second time in the past decade.
The outlook for the upcoming season, however, is much different. Both Kawhi and PG are looking to come back healthy for the new campaign, but apart from these major developments, there is also one key factor that could ultimately lead to success for the Clippers in 2022-23: chemistry.
According to Law Murray of The Athletic, LA has been working hard this summer to further strengthen synergy within the team:
The chemistry of the Clippers was a primary topic coming out of a failed run in the 2020 bubble. This gathering is another strong sign of how different things are now, with Leonard and George leading the way. The team got together at summer league last year in Las Vegas to watch the first couple of games. The turnout for informal workouts in the practice facility this offseason has been, according to a source, the highest in recent years.
It seems that the entire Clippers squad has bought into the team's objectives this summer. Training camp isn't going to start until late September, but it is clear that the players are putting in the work as early as now.