It was a wild, wonderful season covering a Clippers team that never quit, and fought until the very end. The Clippers turned over a massive chunk of their roster at the trade deadline, but that didn’t shake them – if anything, those changes were what spurred their run to the end of the season and into the playoffs. While I was originally disappointed that the Clippers drew the Warriors in the playoffs, the Clips made the championship Dubs work for everything, and their Game 2 comeback is one for the NBA record books. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander solidified his place as one of the most promising young players in the NBA, Pat Beverley played his heart out, and Lou Williams danced all over the Warriors with two memorable wins. Sadly, this season, and this beloved Clippers team, is at an end.
This year was also a big one for me, personally. This was my first season running Clips Nation as managing editor, and it went better than I could have possibly hoped. I knew that I had very big shoes to fill in replacing Lucas Hann (and before him, the legend Steve Perrin), and while I’m not sure that I’ve lived up to those lofty standards personally, this site has never been better, in my opinion.
A lot of the credit for that goes to Sabreena Merchant, who has been an incredible right-hand woman in her first season with Clips Nation. She has helped greatly with managing the site, and her own work was phenomenal. I’m so thrilled that she joined us back in September, and I can’t wait to read her work over the coming years. I can’t emphasize enough how much she’s done for keeping Clips Nation up and running smoothly.
However, as always, the bulk of the praise must go towards the excellent Clips Nation writing staff, most of whom are volunteers. Chris Murch, Davey Bales, Eric Patten, Farbod Esnaashari, Kenneth Armstrong, Max Jeffrey, Michelle Uzeta, Shapan Debnath, and Taylor Smith provided the backbone of the game coverage here at Clips Nation, which is always the thing that we most pride ourselves on, and it’s never been better. They’ve worked hard all year to provide you all with top-notch content, and I could not be more grateful to them.
That brings me to you, the readers. This site is for you, and I can’t thank you enough for your readership and all your kind words. I learn so much from you in the comments section debates, and nothing makes me happier than seeing a lively discussion taking place based off one of our articles – or even on nothing at all. The comments section is as passionate as ever, almost entirely for the better, and you have provided great and entertaining comments all year, as well as some wonderful feedback. Thank you.
Big things are ahead for the LA Clippers (or so we hope), and Clips Nation will be there every step of the way. I know that you will be too, and I am excited to see how this community develops in the months and years to come. Let’s get ready for the offseason!