Kawhi So Serious?

by | Mar 21, 2021 | Clippers, NBA, Opinion, Pacific, Western Conference | 0 comments

“Introduce A Little Anarchy, Upset The Established Order, And Everything Becomes Chaos.”

July 5th of 2019 the Los Angeles Clippers had a franchise changing moment. The Clippers signed Kawhi Leonard, and traded for Paul George. The moment was astronomical for the team reputation. The reputation for the Clippers is that they live in the basement under the Los Angeles Lakers. What made the moment so huge is that Kawhi was considering the Lakers. But Kawhi chose the Clippers over them. That is something that would’ve never been imagined 20 years ago by any NBA analysts, or fan.

Signing Kawhi, a top 5 player in the NBA, coming off an NBA Finals, and Finals MVP was huge. Pairing that with another player in George who is top 10-15 player, coming off a 28 points per game season, and is a great defensive player on the perimeter, that’s a recipe for success.

Adding two franchise players to the organization precipitated joy in the organization, and their fan base. At this moment the order for the city of Los Angeles has been upset. No longer were the Clippers the team that lives under the basement of the Lakers. The Clippers were now eye to eye with the Lakers, and as the Joker says

“Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos.

“And…here…we…go…”

Kawi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

The Clippers despite the injuries, team chemistry, and load management had a top two record in the Western Conference, and look poised to make a serious run at the NBA Finals. Which is a nightmare scenario for all Lakers fans such as myself (besides the Celtics winning the NBA Finals). “And…here…we…go…” (Joker from The Dark Knight) the COVID-19 pandemic took place, and boom they were never the same pre-pandemic.

The Clippers in the bubble had their struggles before the playoffs began. Lou Williams left the bubble to attend a family funeral. However Lou was later caught visiting the illustrious gentlemen’s club Magic City in Atlanta. Montrezl Harrel at the time also had to leave the bubble due to his grandmother passing away. Other players such as Patrick Beverly dealt with leaving the bubble due to family issues, and lingering injury issues as well.

Clippers ultimately got past the Dallas Mavericks, but as we all know they blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the second round. This is the beginning to the churning of the wheel for the Clippers and Kawhi. Kawhi was quoted after the series saying

“That’s when it comes to the team chemistry, knowing what we should run to get the ball in spots or just if someone’s getting doubled or they’re packing the paint…get smarter as a team, basketball IQ got to get better.”

The Clippers went from visions of holding a Larry O’Brien trophy, to seeing the big brother Los Angeles Lakers winning the title, and to now an offseason full of questions

“I’m Gonna Make This Pencil Disappear.”

Doc Rivers and Tyronn Lue (Former and Current Coach of the Los Angeles Clippers)

After the a terrible way to end the season the Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was furious. He was so furious that he was going to make a move. Bleacher Report reported Steve Ballmer asked both stars for their input on their head coach Doc Rivers. After speaking to both superstars ta da “I’m gonna make this pencil disappear” (Joker from The Dark Knight) Doc Rivers was shortly fired. Kawhi along with the rest of the roster dumped the blame on him.

Paul was interviewed on YouTube show All The Smoke with Matt Barnes & Stephen Jackson. Paul stated how Doc Rivers didn’t utilize him correctly starting, and how they never made adjustments in the playoffs.

After the firing the Clippers didn’t have to look too long to find a new head coach. The Clippers hired their top assistant head coach, Ty Lue. However the grass ain’t always greener on the other side. Doc Rivers even gave his two cents on Paul George via The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Hey, listen, I enjoyed coaching him, so not a lot to say there. Ty Lue was sitting right next to me. So he better hope it’s not adjustments. It ain’t going to be much different. Listen, we lost the game, and I think everybody needs to take ownership. [Me] obviously. We can always do better. Players can play better. So as far as I’m concerned, I’ll leave it there.”

The Clippers would begin the new season with a new head coach at the helm in Ty Lue. As well as losing Montrezl to the Lakers, the Clippers reconfigured their roster with Luke Kennard, Nicolas Batum, & Serge Ibaka. The Clippers hope a fresh coach, and a reconfigured roster can lead to their ultimate goal, which is an NBA Championship.

“There’s a storm coming”

The 2020-2021 NBA Season has taken place and for the Clippers it has been at best an inconsistent one. One night they look like serious Finals contenders, and the other nights they look like a team that can be on an early exit in the NBA Playoffs. Early in the year the Clippers lost by 51 points to the Dallas Mavericks. That loss hurt so much so that Kawhi has expressed concerns again just like when he spoke in the playoffs and it rang bells throughout the organization.

The Clippers since February 17th have played 13 games, and only have won 5 of those games. With Kawhi making profound statements it’s hard to not believe that we are all watching a re-run of last years Clippers just with different cast members in the head coach, and role players. “There’s a storm coming” (Cat women The Dark Knights Rises), and it doesn’t bode well for the Clippers as I look into my crystal ball for my predication for Kawhi & the Clippers.

“You Either Die A Hero Or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become The Villain.

Pat Riley (President Miami Heat)

In my opinion, due to Clippers lack of consistency, stability from the owner, and accountability it will cost them in the long run. So much so that Kawhi will have wandering eyes. If there is any organization that checks off all 3 boxes it’s the Miami Heat . Just like Jerry West is shrewd recruiter, everyone in the NBA knows so is Pat Riley.

The man that once devised the plan of bringing Shaq via trade to Miami to bring the franchise their first title. Pat then recruited LeBron James, and Chris Bosh to pair with Dwyane Wade to reel in two more titles. Let’s not forget how Pat recruited LeBron & Bosh as well. According to Michael Wallace of ESPN this is what Pat did

He pulls out one of the nine championship rings he has won as a player, executive, head coach and assistant coach. And he proposes. Riley dropped a bag full of title rings on LeBron’s table in Cleveland during their 2010 meeting. He has flashed at least one of them to a few other free-agent targets over the years.

Now Pat has created another team of his that fit his mold with Jimmy Butler, & Bam Adebayo. A gritty, hard nose team, holds each other accountable, and lastly has dogs on this team. The next question you readers are asking is if this is even feasible for the Miami Heat to sign Kawhi to from a big 3 in Miami.

Heat nation you’re in luck because it is, but it comes with a heavy price. According to Basketball Reference the Miami Heat salary cap heading into the off season they will be able to offer Kawhi the max. It will come with a price since the roster would just be Jimmy, Kawhi, Bam, Tyler Herro, Precious Achiuwa, and KZ Okpala. However we have seen in the past, and even in today’s NBA if your team is a legit contender players will follow, and sign cheap contracts in order to get a ring.

Harvey Dent from The Dark Knight couldn’t have said it any better “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” This summer Kawhi again becomes Heat Nation hero, yet a villain in his hometown of Los Angeles to not only Laker fans but to Clipper fans as well this time.

Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler (Future Teammates?)
Ajay Virk
Written by Ajay Virk

Hi guys my name is Ajay Virk. I’m a huge Lakers & NBA fan. I been following the Lakers since I was born in 1991 and I look forward to providing you analysis on the Lakers, and what’s going around the league