JJ Redick doubles down on harsh reality on why the ‘Lob City’ Clippers failed
JJ Redick has always been vocal in admitting that the Lob City era of the Los Angeles Clippers was bound to fail. The 37-year-old Dallas Mavericks shooter, who was an instrumental part of Lob City from 2012-2017 alongside Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, once again dropped the harsh reality of the amount of pettiness and selfishness that was going on inside the Clippers camp.
In a conversation with three-time NBA champion Andre Iguodala for his podcast, The Old Man & The Three, Redick asked the Miami Heat forward what separates a championship team from the rest of the NBA. Iguodala, whose six straight NBA Finals streak ended this season with the Heat bowing out of the playoffs, mentioned that great teams are comprised of individuals who are happy for everyone else’s success. This was when Redick went back in time and opened up about his former team.
“I’ve said this a million times, later on in my Clippers run, there was a sense of pettiness, and we weren’t necessarily happy for each other’s success. And I think that happens,” Redick said.
The Lob City Clippers were one of the most fun teams to watch in the NBA at that time. Aside from having two freak athletes in Griffin and Jordan, they had a Point God in CP3, a lethal shooter like Redick as well as other key figures like coach Doc Rivers. Unfortunately, at least according to Redick, ego was their biggest foe as it seems like the team constantly clashed which ultimately resulted in not getting past the second round of the playoffs.
“In order to be excited for someone else’s success, you have to be willing to sacrifice something,” Redick added.