Griffin, Clippers Retire Lob City



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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Those critics who claimed the Los Angeles Clippers were all style and no substance last season will have to find something else to nit-pick about the reigning Pacific Division champions.

Because “Lob City” is finished. No more. History.

One of the central figures in the movement, Clippers All-Star dunk machine Blake Griffin, has declared it D.O.A. under coach Doc Rivers. The new coach is all about substance in his effort to take the Clips from an exciting, playoff-regular group to an actual championship contender. With a new, defensive-minded focus and significant shift in how they’ll play on offense, there is simply no room for the flash that was Lob City, as Griffin detailed to ESPN’s Shelly Smith:

“Lob City doesn’t exist anymore. Lob City is done. We’re moving on and we’re going to find our identity during training camp and that will be our new city. No more Lob City.”

The fun police can blame Rivers. He won’t mind. As long as his team is grinding on both ends and playing up to its potential, he’ll be pleased. Fans who had grown accustomed to the “Lob City” mentality, though, will need time to adjust. I know I will after enjoying Griffin and DeAndre Jordan‘s slam-dunk finishes off tosses from Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford the past couple of seasons.

But it’s a necessary change, Griffin said, for the greater good:

“Our offense is going to have a totally different look this year,” said Griffin, who added that he’d done a lot of work in the offseason on his face-up game from 10 to 15 feet. “Our offense is going to have a lot of movement and floor spacing. I’m looking forward to it.”

Of course, not everyone will feel the same way about the end of Lob City.

Griffin, the 2010 NBA Slam Dunk champion, said he gets that.

“People will still wear T-shirts,” Griffin said. “I can’t really go to people’s houses and take their T-shirts and cut them up. But we [will] have a new identity as a team and that’s going to be what we work out during training camp.

“We’ll take about two or three weeks and really come up with something good.”

This news will be greeted with smiles by guys like Brandon Knight, Kendrick Perkins, Timofey Mozgov and countless others who have found themselves on the wrong end a highlight from an encounter with the Clippers.

R.I.P. “Lob City” … it was fun while it lasted!

65 Comments

  1. cindy says:

    WITH THIS COACH, CLIPPERS GONNA COME AROUND AND PLAY TO THEIR POTENTIAL. I LOOK FOR A VERY GOOD YEAR FROM THEM, AND HOPEFULLY FOR THE CAVS. IN THE LOSER DEPT, I HOPE HEAT DON’T MAKE ROUND ONE OF PLAY9OFFS.

  2. sanjay says:

    clippers,memphis,spurs and houston will be there this time but cant count warriors out here, okc cant do it without brook! East is stronger this time with heat,chicago,indiana, brook,nyk, cleveland not bad if bynum goes to work! If injuries stay away which looks unlikely this should be a hell of a season!

  3. D Milly says:

    I think its’ a smart move. Flashy lobs will only get you so far until you get aging knees. Then you prove to many that you have never had a jumpshot.

  4. wak9 says:

    Clippers are a good team

  5. king_surla says:

    both will go down as ringless “talents” not stars anyway so i wont even bother thinking they’ll win a ring… they just dont have the depth and the defensive capabilities. Changing coaches doesnt greatly effect defensive capabilities, tell that to shmellow, allen iverson and the thousands of good players without rings including shawn kemp which i think resembles griffindor….lol they just dont have it in them…

  6. Alex says:

    Maybe the mentality is gone, but you can’t tell me on a fast break with Griffin and Paul that they won’t be looking for the alley-oop. It’s almost a guarenteed score. Maybe no more set alley-oop plays, but the spur of the moment plays will still rage on in LA

  7. Wesley says:

    Lobcity is dead.
    Hello……Block and Lob City 2013!!!!!!!!
    BLC!BLC!BLC!
    Go Doc Rivers!!!!
    Go Clippers!!!!!

  8. sports fan says:

    Only person who commented here noticed that Doc Rivers said that he likes lob city. In the video that’s posted here Doc says that he’s all for lob city but also mentioned a number of changes that they need to do in order to move from good to great.

  9. Number 13 says:

    If I were a Clippers fan, I would be excited that Lob City is taking a back seat to actually playing smart basketball. Round 1 versus the Grizzlies exposed every flaw in LAC’s style and Del Negro’s system. Rivers is going to make this team a playoff contender.

  10. Bob Wilson says:

    What is this silly conversation, don’t any of you know basketball? They are about to play real ball you know defense good shoots Blake gets a jump shot. Wouldn’t you like to see him play well in the playoffs rather get banged to death trying to get to the basket.

  11. Chris Agrella says:

    How about “DEAD CITY”, ’cause when you come to clippertown now, “YOUR DEAD!”

  12. Likely19 says:

    go team go!

  13. HEAT4EVER says:

    Exactly! Clippers is all show!

  14. Ruben says:

    Maaaan, there was some vicious dunks last year…….between Jordan and Griffen…….like JA Rule use to say “Murda”……. Holla Holla….ask Perkins and the rest of western conference…..hahahaha…

  15. Roy says:

    Doc Rivers will make this team a championship contender for the next 1-3 or 4 years. I’m not even a big fan but you have to admit they look pretty scary. If Blake can develop some reliable post moves watch out.

  16. daslickflip says:

    I dont think lob city will be done I mean the lob will be there no matter what and if its open theres no way Blake/Deandre and CP3 will not go for it. Doc Rivers just doesnt want them to go crazy with it anymore and look for it every single time. There won’t be just CP3 going pick n roll all day it’ll have more of a set offense and their defense will cause break opportunities and yes with fast breaks come alley-oops lol. Doc Rivers is just saying he will use more of his weapons and more of an actual set offense rather than CP3 running the show and just everybody standing and waiting to either dunk or shoot a three. Doc will add more substance to this team.

  17. Chan says:

    Then they better trade Jordan since he can’t do anything else good.

  18. alan says:

    It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, great teams have always found opportunities for dunks and ally oops. It’s all about the team’s maturity and timing. I think that last season Lebron James only dunked like 6 time off the dribble, we’ve still seen tons of spectacular plays.

  19. the Baron says:

    Why not become lay-lob-city. Do lay-ups instead of dunks and become like ugly 50’s style play…..No more 3 points eighter.

  20. T says:

    This is like VC saying he will no longer dunk while playing for the Raptors. Bunch of rubbish!!

  21. justsayin says:

    Oh boy, contested mid-range jumper city. That’ll really up the shooting percentages.

  22. Dillon says:

    It just means that blake griffin will not try to dunk on 3 people from the free throw line

  23. Willy Spurd says:

    Are you kidding me? Why wouldn’t you run BG off of a screen that gives him a layin or slam. It will happen more than you think. But ya ok, more structured, whatever! If Rivers or any of his players in Boston could jump he would have been playing LOB CITY ball as well.

  24. why? says:

    I’m sorry but I just did not get why Lob City is thought of as “dead”? Rivers said he liked it, so that’s no reaon. Is it the vets they’ve added? Well, look at the Knicks last year – how many tosses they’ve had from Kid and Prigioni (who is a vet, although a rookie :) ). I think the addition of mature players who are willing to sacrifice the spotlight for the team win will mean better focus on DJ, Griffin and CP3, while not forgetting about defence. So Lob City is definitely not over. That’s just a media booster for the article…that’s why think.

  25. J says:

    imagine if the whole clippers team attempts no dunks the whole season lol

  26. jake s. says:

    it’s the lob that is leaving… not the high percentage breakaway dunk.

  27. John Doe says:

    They had the wrong couch before? Man you would think furniture shopping would be easy when you’re rich. What a shame, millions of dollars and can’t even pick the right furniture.

  28. dreadyjun says:

    HAhaha that was the only offence these clowns had. These guys can’t shoot for peanuts.

  29. Pau Gasol says:

    Thank God!

  30. J says:

    well… mozgov and perkins werent really victims of lobs, they were just straight up monster dunks, which i hope will still exist

  31. manie says:

    I speak on the behalf of all Deandre Jordan and Blake griffin victims, The nba will be much safer with loob city gone. It was only a matter of time before someone gets knocked out unconscious lol

  32. BLAZE says:

    Its better to be called Champ’s CITY than LOB CITY. it for their own good anyway. they need to grow up.

  33. Jack says:

    Wana tell me if blake griffen or dj by them self with an open lane to the rim they will back and shoot 3 !!!! HELL NO

  34. thinkface says:

    Clippers fans should be thrilled to hear this, as it signals an important milestone in the maturation of Blake Griffin and, by extension, DeAndre Jordan. As intimidating as both players are capable of being while having fun, they could be downright frightening if they truly adopt a laser focus this season.

  35. okc2014 says:

    You can’t blame Rivers. All that glitz glam and kapow does not always add up to winning a championship. Do the same thing, get the same results. Doc Rivers knows what he’s talking about. I remember the old school Celtics of Larry Bird and Company never had glitz glam kapow and they reigned for over a decade.

    • Van says:

      Actually the the Lakers reign the 80’s. 8 western championships finals appearance and won it 5 times. I hate the Lakers but it’s the truth.

  36. YoYo says:

    Just play Ball, no one cares!!! No one cares at first to begin with haha….Win or you’re nothing…

    • NBAfan says:

      I like how you think…but I also care about how you win if I’m going to be a fan and respect you…

  37. Unkle Daddy says:

    Without lobs their two bigs have no offense weapons, so they better hope lob city stays alive.

  38. Drago says:

    Only Miami can LOB in the playoffs and get away with it.And that team is a monster on defense and offense i think they bait other teams to go inside so they can exploit them.The Clipers are not as strong but they could be with the right couch wich they clearly have now.

  39. Mark says:

    Pedro, if you were a Clips fan you’d be thanking him. He’s actually trying to take the Clippers somewhere…

  40. BBallFANNYC says:

    Lob City’s dead…. uh-huh. sure.

  41. devarajaswami says:

    Griffin is great at two things
    – jumping high
    – flopping low

    Everything else is a mystery to him

  42. Mr. Barry says:

    Offense is always good but having great defense wins Basketball Games hands down. Lob City will always be there, especially having Blake and DeAndre on the same team. Since Doc Rivers is going to make Clippers a fast pace running team, the other team will not have enough time to react to the ball movement of the players.

  43. Toooo much space says:

    Come ure all I have

  44. lol says:

    now its fail city. Clippers and lakers both going nowhere.

  45. R-Dawg says:

    Alley oops are super high percentage shots. Not sure what Rivers deal is.

    • celtic533 says:

      exactly!Rivers is taking all the fun out of the clippers.Just cuz they are trrying to conteend doesnt mean they cant have fun.It really liftst the team up and besides,I rather have deandre Jordan dunking it than trying his horrible postmoves.dunk are very hgh percentage shots and if yu can please the crowd,get the high percentage shot,and demoralize the other team why wouldnt you?

      • YoYo says:

        No one say they cant’t Lob they’re just saying that isn’t their main thing to do anymore…

  46. Brad Cox says:

    Marketing shmarketing… simply rebranding a team is a waste of time… unless you can come up with another slogan to put on shirts that sells better… otherwise, JUST PLAY BALL !!

  47. POUND FOREHEAD says:

    I always thought lob city sounded too much like rip city anyway. With Rivers these guys will be tough. I hope it doesn’t turn into flop city too.

  48. OKC says:

    You would think better defense would mean more run outs and hence more lobs @_@.

  49. Mr.Honesty says:

    its now flop city!

  50. zhiggi says:

    It took them this long to figure it out? Clippers may be entertaining to watch but their not as competitive as how they look on paper. Hope they come with a bang because we need more competition in the western conference.

  51. Pedro says:

    Damn you Rivers!!!

  52. Gdub says:

    Sure the team will find a new identity, but you can’t say you are any safer if its you guarding the rim against the Clippers. The alleyoop is one of the most efficient ways to fill it up and with beasts like Griffin and Jordan waiting, how could you not lob it up.

  53. Angel Mr. E says:

    Lob City cant be dead its just upgraded to “lob city 2.0″…. Dunks are not all the clips can do that 3 point line is gonna be red hot.. And when the D leaves a lane open better believe the dunk is on the way haha

    • No, Doc will give the team a sense of stability and leadership and will have stricter rules on when to and not to dunk.

      • Alex says:

        Are you serious? Have you ever actually played Basketball under any kind of decent coach? It has nothing to do with flash or frills, the dunk is the highest percentage shot in Basketball – higher than the layup. Dunking the ball is a guaranteed score. If Doc REALLY imposed some kind of ridiculous rule system about ‘when to and when not to dunk’, all he would be doing is hurting his team.

      • they improved when they got their new coach…now that they disregarded all the flashiness…they sure improved alot…but still…not a championship contender lol

      • ASDF says:

        @alex – i doubt he means someone won’t dunk if they’re standing right there, what he means is playmaking

      • MarkJ says:

        Alex apparently you are given to a little bit of exaggeration surely you have seen dunks that were missed. While it is a very high percentage shot it is not “a guaranteed score”. I agree with you in that I doubt Rivers will impose some sort of rules that preclude or even limit dunking but his offensive style I don’t think will create the same kinds of opportunities for those lobs and dunks, that doesn’t mean they won’t happen just not as much.

      • alp says:

        blake griffin isn’t javale mcgee, he doesn’t try to dunk EVERY TIME HE GETS THE BALL. with that being said, there doesn’t need to be a rule on when and when not to dunk the ball..