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2006-2007 Clippers Preview

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This just in. The Clippers are frickin’ good.

No seriously. Good at basketball and stuff.

The Clippers have been in LA for 22 years. Before last season, they’d had one winning season. Zero playoff series wins. Too many lottery pick busts to count. Players fled the franchise like it was the Titanic. (Actually, it was worse than that) A cheapskate owner that made Scrooge seem like a charity worker.

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That was then. This is now.

47 wins and a conference semifinals appearance later, the Clippers are actually creating a buzz. Other teams are actually scared of their potential. Players are actually interested in playing here.

Some people think that the Clippers have shown glimpses in the past, that they’ll return to being the same old Clippers. Quite frankly, they’ve never had success like this before. They’ve never had a team with this much talent. They’ve never had a fan base this excited. They’ve never had an owner committed to spending.

It’s a new era in Clipperland. And every step they take this year will be breaking new ground. There’s no reason to think that they won’t be able to keep it up.

Elton Brand is the guy. He doesn’t possess the Hollywood flash, the signature high-wire act, or the perpetual quote machine. But he always produces. Night in and night out, he brings his 20 and 10 (or 25 and 10 now) without a lot of fanfare. And as he showed against Phoenix, he doesn’t shrink from the moment (30.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.1 bpg). A tenacious rebounder, a solid midrange game, and perhaps most importantly, a solid citizen in the locker room and off the court. He’s become the cornerstone of the franchise. Thanks Chicago, for the gift. Hope you liked Tyson Chandler.