The Clippers are about to take the court for the first time in the 2020-21 season, which means Sabreena and Blake are back on the Clips Nation podcast to discuss what to look forward to this preseason.
They start by going over some NBA news regarding the league’s rest policy for the upcoming year and how that might affect the Clippers while also thinking about how the team plans to approach this condensed season. They have dueling goals of rest management and continuity building to consider, so it’ll be interesting to see how the team doles out minutes for the first three exhibition games.
The two hosts then move on to what excites them most about this season’s Clippers, starting with Paul George playing with a new chip on his shoulder after the way last season ended. Sabreena and Blake wonder if a fully healthy George can eclipse Kawhi Leonard as the team’s best player, at least during the regular season.
After that, they talk about what’s intriguing about the new additions to the Clippers, particularly Luke Kennard and Nic Batum. They both played such limited minutes in 2019-20 that the possibilities are somewhat unknown. That leads to a discussion about potential starting lineups and comparing what Sabreena and Blake think the Clippers will do versus what they want to see.
They close with a conversation about Kenny Atkinson and the team’s newfound focus on player development, one that already appears to be paying dividends for Terance Mann and Mfiondu Kabengele.