It was a bittersweet ending to our season, a wicked, compressed, never to be seen again season. And our Clippers were good. No, they were GREAT. Really great! In a league in which you must have a Big 3 combo to actually make it far in the playoffs we had our Big 3 until that fateful night in Orlando. Billups went down, and the critics wrote off the Clippers right there and then. So everything we accomplished from that point on was with our remaining Big 2 and a bunch of spare parts. Turning Brian Cook into K-Mart (indirectly) and Nick Young was miraculous, it definitely helped us get this far this season, but remember, before we lost Billups, we were true contenders, after that we were one part short.
Since then and up until now, and it will continue, too, the critics did their part on praising CP3, showing respect to Blake even though some still feel he's overrated (like he'll never ever get any better, ugh...idiots like Barkley) and stating that our team wasn't just good enough to go far in the playoffs. Sadly, they were right, but to make it sound like this is the best our team has to offer, what they just accomplished, like our team will be OK with this, well, that's just the media taking shots.....at Donald Sterling.
Yes, Sterling is the Original face of our franchise. Players just play, coaches coach, GM's put the pieces together, owners make or break the product. Owners spend, never in vain, always with a purpose. Already there's questions being thrown around by the sports media aka the critics about whether Griffin and CP3 will stay with the Clippers, about the changes that will come, about "commitment"...that word right there. Commitment. That's not directed at the players. No. That's directed towards an owner who hasn't earned the league's trust, or the sports world, for that matter.
This, my friends, will be the biggest offseason in Donald's life. This summer, the most important thing will be to keep Griffin, and Sterling knows all eyes and ears are on him. Sterling needs to let the fanbase know that himself. Not through Olshey nor anyone. Himself. We have to see that. He has to bring it to everyone's ears, especially the critics, who love talking about the worst sports franchises as much as they love talking about the dynasties.
So, to Donald Sterling, I say, come on out. Talk to us. Shut your critics up once and for all. Let this year be every year for your franchise from here on out. Hell, Donald, look at all the revenue the playoffs left you!!! Imagine if you spent to make the team better!!! MORE REVENUE!!!! This is it. This is the right formula. You've come a long way, Donald. Don't regress. Put your wallet out there. You already got enough money and not much time left. You're old! It's our time. It's MY time, to stop saying...Donald Sterling sucks.
We got this. Now let's shut up the critics forever and prove that this year was just the beginning of something beautiful.
All or nothing.
All or nothing.