I know I am rebelling against the party lines here, but I am angry and I am pissed off. Something has to change and change soon. The problems that have compounded over the past three years may just end the Clippers this year. Attendance at all three games has been pathetic and is looking like it will get far worse. The embarrassment I have endured so far this year (the year of dashed hopes) is intense – and before the comments come in that I should change allegiances – forget about it; I will stay a Clipper fan and I will get more and more pissed off – like any true loyal fan.
So maybe we should be thinking about making some changes. Why you say? Let’s discuss this for a second. Correct me if I am wrong but in the first three games, when Baron was not on the court, I did not see one single cohesive play run with a successful outcome. It was my impression that Dumbleavy is a play oriented defensive coach. Well so far the plays have sucked and the defense has been terrible. This is a worst case scenario and it is rapidly becoming reality. So what needs to change? The answer is very simple – either the coach needs to change or the team needs to change.
I understand that we need more time, but changes also take time and I have seen nothing at all to make me feel like more time will have any effect. Even if Camby is a superstar, he will not be enough. Let’s face a hard reality Clipper fans – WE HAVE THE LEAST INTELLEGENT TEAM IN PROFFESSIONAL SPORTS. This is not a statement of hate, it is one of reality. IQ has never been a prerequisite for this team and it is finally catching up with us. Kaman, Thomas, Ricky Davis, Mobley and Thornton are all very slow witted individuals (I met Thornton recently hence his addition). I love these guys but they are as incapable of running a cohesive play as Maggette was last year. If Dumbleavy is unable to coach his team and Sterling is unwilling to modify the team – then we need to get rid of Dumbleavy. If we are going to keep the coach, we need to get rid of at least two of the least intelligent members of the squad in exchange for more intelligent members of the NBA community.
Personally, I think we should change both but realistically you can change the coach yet keep the players and still have a low IQ team. Our only real option at this point is to trade Kaman. He cannot handle the double team and is constantly slacking on offense. He has no idea of spacing and seems to catch the ball in the worst spot on the floor every single time (when he catches the ball at all). He has mad skills (maybe more than any other Center) but he is lazy and unfocused. These things cannot be cured overnight. He will continue to play in spurts for the rest of his career. We have five years and $50M invested in this dude and if he continues his awful play we will be stuck with him for that entire period. Right now he is a huge gamble and the time for us to unload him is soon or possibly never. Sorry Chris we gave you many chances and the verdict is in - you are incapable of being a second option on any NBA team.
I know Clipper Nation has shot down my suggestion of Kaman & Mobley for Iverson (a guy that has very high IQ) plus Denver’s $10M trade exception (I wanted to use it on Al Harrington – another high IQ player) – so lets hear some solutions in this thread and not just criticism of my writing skills. We need high IQ players so who should we seriously look to get – make your suggestions or start your blog by stating why we don’t need IQ athletes. The gauntlet has been thrown down Clipper Nation.