The LA Clippers became the greatest flop story in the Orlando Bubble. First, they allowed the Dallas Mavericks to scare them, and second, they lost to the Nuggets after wasting a 3-1 lead. All these shortcomings led to some terrible news coming from inside the franchise that has won the chokers’ tag.
The news of Paul George’s verbal conflict with fellow teammate Montrezl Harrell surfaced during their time in the bubble. Even before that, there were headlines suggesting the lack of chemistry in the Clippers’ squad. The unceremonial sacking of Doc Rivers was another blow to add to the issues inside.
Kawhi Leonard and the news of his preferential treatment
A couple of days ago, a report from a reputed media house suggested that Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, and Montrezl Harrell were not happy with Kawhi Leonard being allowed to control his load management. When this report picked traction on social media, both Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell came out with their take on this hype.
Lou Williams wrote on the Instagram post of one such media house. He noted,
Lou Will and Trezz denies hating on Kawhi pic.twitter.com/izzM4HjAf8
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 16, 2020
It is known to everyone how the Clippers went up from #8 in 2019 to #2 in 2020 regular-season. A lot of the credit went to Kawhi Leonard who gave them huge title hopes and showed them as a better contender than the champions Los Angeles Lakers. But somehow, they choked yet again.
Were the reports a travesty, or is it true that the Clippers are broken?
There were also the words floating that Doc Rivers used to give this preferential treatment to Paul George. Evidently, both Kawhi and PG were signed by the Clippers after they gave away a lot from their future picks. These two players suddenly took the shine away from the rest of the Clippers.
While Kawhi Leonard lived up to the expectations, both he and PG choked when it mattered the most. After their shocking loss, the rumors picked that the Clippers will reform a new team to back Kawhi. They recently promoted Tyronn Lue as their head coach. The greatest challenge in front of Lue, as it now seems, is strengthening the chemistry in this team.