There are times when you watch the Clippers play and think, Huh, maybe they have something here.
Take Monday, for example. Playing the tail end of a back-to-back and facing the white-hot Jazz, the Clippers delivered one of their finest performances of the season. All-Star center
But there are times when you watch the Clippers (25-36) and you wonder how they ever managed to beat anyone. Two nights after the win over Utah, L.A. played the Washington Generals to the Suns' Harlem Globetrotters, allowing Phoenix to shoot 55.6 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from behind the three-point line in a 127-101 rout that was all but over after the Suns' 39-18 third quarter.
"I don't know what it is," Gordon said. "Some games we play together, some games we don't. Sometimes we work hard, sometimes we don't. That's been the balance of this team all year."
"It's tough," Hughes said. "I didn't pick these guys. It's not my style of team. But it doesn't mean that I can't coach this style and try to do it. I'm not afraid of challenges."
Challenges? Coaching the Clippers has become tougher than climbing Mount Everest with a walking stick. Chemistry is a word echoed often by anyone familiar with the Clippers and the name
As a result, his scoring dropped from the low 20s in his last two years with Golden State to the mid-teens this season. His shooting has hovered below 40 percent the last two seasons and his 28.2 three-point shooting percentage this season is his lowest since his rookie year. On Monday, Davis helped fuel a late Jazz run by committing two turnovers and a shooting foul on
"They know they have to move him," said a league source familiar with the team. "He has been a disaster. They just can't win with him."
To be fair, it's realistic to expect the Clippers to be significantly better next season. They will have No. 1 pick
And they will get someone. No,
But just who will oversee this new roster? Clippers owner
And Dunleavy isn't about to bring in a high-profile coach who would instantly have more credibility than he would. He could opt to retain Hughes, who is desperate for a full training camp and a revamped roster to show what he can do, or he can dip into the assistant ranks for a
Will it work? It's the Clippers. You never really know what you are going to get.