Blake Griffin recently appeared on “The Old Man and the Three,” where he talked at large with JJ Redick about their time as teammates on the LA Clippers. The pair discussed their playoff woes during their years together and narrowed down their best chance to win a title.
In their conversation, the two agreed that their best shot at winning it all came between 2014 and 2015. Redick, who joined the team in the 13-14 season, has said to look back most fondly on those two years. They fairly agreed that the team couldn’t win it all thereafter.
Redick: “Did you think our Clippers teams were good enough to win, like did we squander something?”
Griffin: “I thought we had a chance in 14′ and 15′ playoffs.”
Redick: “I thought those two years were our best years… fourth year that I was there like it was kind of apparent that the group was like disjointed in a way.Blake Griffin & JJ Redick
For the remainder of the interview, Griffin opened up about his other interests beyond basketball. He also spoke on his career progression, social media, and late developments on his current team, the Brooklyn Nets.
Who were the ‘Lob City’ Clippers?
Long before Kawhi Leonard and Paul George became the leading faces of the Clippers franchise, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul held the reigns. This duo, complemented by a primed DeAndre Jordan, JJ Redick, Jamal Crawford, and others, lifted the Clippers to new heights. Their high-flying, highlight-reel caliber offense earned them their ‘Lob City’ nickname.
At the time, they were undoubtedly the best Clippers team in franchise history. However, they never did take the organization to new heights. Fighting for championship glory in a heated Western Conference, it was an uphill battle for them throughout their run.
Between 2014 and 2015, supposedly the seasons where their best chances of a championship were, LA lost out to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, respectively. The last match-up against Houston saw them concede a 3-1 series lead. After that, injuries and locker room turmoil would undo the core in place, ultimately leading to a parting of ways.
Today, JJ Redick remains on the open market as a free agent. On the other end, Blake Griffin looks to capture his first championship as a role player with the Brooklyn Nets this season.