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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Ex-Clipper thinks immaturity was what doomed Lob City era

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The shortcomings of the Lob City era may forever hang over the LA Clippers franchise, and one player who had a front row seat to the action has his own theory as to what went wrong for them.

Speaking with Clips Nation’s Farbod Esnaashari this week, veteran swingman Dahntay Jones said that immaturity was what sank the Lob City Clippers.

“They weren’t at the right age to coexist together,” said Jones. “As you get older you know how to put some of the egos aside, and learn how to work better with each other.

“There was a lot of talent, a lot of different personalities, but when you get older you learn how to make those things work,” he continued. “You push forward for a common cause, but they weren’t at the right age to do that.”

The 37-year-old Jones, who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016-17, was on the Clippers during the 2014-15 season, which included their infamous blown 3-1 lead against the Houston Rockets in Round 2 of the playoffs. They never got that far in the postseason again, and now with the departures of both DeAndre Jordan and Austin Rivers this summer, not a single player is left from that 2014-15 team.

Meanwhile, Jones’ comments come several months after another member of that Lob City squad also gave his take on what doomed them.



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