The Clippers are in the dumps.
Before they were a team that showed sparks of brilliance. The only reason their record was so bad? Injuries of course.
But now, with the team healthier, in their loses there is no joy. Even the consistently great Gordon seems to be getting pulled under by the all mighty Clipper curse. Seems like he may finally be hitting that wall he has eluded all season.
The rookie wall? Maybe. The wall of Dunleavy? Maybe more so.
Before, I would get down after the losses but cheer up after a good victory and think to myself, "This team could really be good next year!"
But now, even if the Clippers win a game, there is no joy. There are not enough games left for them to win to give me confidence towards next year.
What's going to happen with Dunleavy?
If Baron is not the right fit, is he getting traded?
Then what do they do about the Point Guard position?
Are they really going to build around Zach Randolph?
What are they going to do with Camby and/or Kaman?
There's so much uncertainty when you really think about it that it's hard to latch on to anything Clippers other than the name itself. It's like the Seinfeld shtick about being a fan of the jersey. The players change, the coaches change, the owners change so in the end many fans are really fans of a jersey or logo or maybe the city.
I was a Brand fan. I was a Kaman fan. I had high hopes for Shaun. I loved the "swagger" Sam brought.
Who is this team I renewed for this year? What team will I get next year?
I am not renewing because I like the name or logo. I need to know who my Clippers are. So with the team in doubt, I do not feel inclined to renew my season tickets.