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The Los Angeles Clippers dismantled their core this offseason as a result of, within the phrases of head coach Doc Rivers, the Massive Three “did not work.”

Blake Griffin, a key member of that star trio, agrees it was time for a change in path.

“You both win or you do not,” he advised ESPN’s Sam Alipour. “And we did not.”

That is not utterly truthful, because the Huge Three propelled Los Angeles to success that was unprecedented for the franchise. Since buying Paul in a 2011 commerce, the Clippers have been one of many league’s prime common-season groups, ending no decrease than second of their division and qualifying for the postseason all six years.

The difficulty for Griffin, nevertheless, is together with his group’s lack of ability to advance previous the Western Convention semifinals.

“What have we carried out within the final 5, six years? Nothing,” the 5-time All-Star stated. “We obtained to the second spherical.”

He admitted it was troublesome to surrender on such a gifted group, with Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, and Jamal Crawford all departing this summer time.

“You by no means need to blow up one thing like that – you might have All-Stars in CP and (DeAndre Jordan), nice items like J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford. However on the similar time, we’ve not had success, so a shake-up does not harm.”

With Paul becoming a member of the Houston Rockets by way of signal-and-commerce, Griffin assumes the position of the membership’s undisputed chief. The 5-time All-Star, who re-upped with the Clippers on a 5-yr, $173-million contract, stated he is able to make the leap.

“I’ve absolutely embraced that,” he stated. “That is my ninth yr now; it is time to tackle that position. (up to now) I led by instance, however I will be extra outspoken this yr.”

He’ll be tasked with making an attempt to steer a largely unfamiliar bunch, because the Clippers enter the season with 9 new faces – so many, the truth is, that the staff summoned all of the gamers and had them announce their names to the remainder of the group prefer it was the primary day of faculty.

Although the roster now lacks each continuity and a 3rd star that appears essential to contend for a title lately, Griffin expects to hold his membership to the playoffs, and ultimately to a title.

“I need to be a Corridor of Famer, have an effect on my franchise, and you are able to do all of that by profitable a championship,” he stated.

Griffin averaged 21.6 factors, eight.1 rebounds, and four.9 assists over sixty one video games in 2016-17. He is been working to turn into a greater passer, three-level shooter, and extra dependable scorer in late-recreation conditions.