From Lob City to Clamp City: Clippers seeking new identity

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Published 6:08 p.m. ET Sept. 24, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Big Three have cleared out and Lob City is no more.

For the first time in 10 years, the Los Angeles Clippers will soon begin a season without DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin or Chris Paul on the roster.

So just who is this team?

Well, coach Doc Rivers isn’t sure yet.

But Patrick Beverley offers a bold take: Clamp City.

“You got two of the best on-ball defenders in the league,” he said, referring to himself and Avery Bradley. “We can be a defensive juggernaut.”

Despite coming off a season in which the team missed the playoffs for the first time in his five-year tenure and LeBron James joining the Lakers, Rivers feels good about the Clippers’ future.

“This is the healthiest this franchise has been,” the coach said Monday. “We never had flexibility and now we have flexibility. We have an owner who is willing to do whatever it takes.”

Heck, even All-Star Jimmy Butler of Minnesota is saying he’d like to be a Clipper.

And Luc Mbah a Moute decided to return as a free agent, impressed with the roster changes.

Quite a difference from the dark days of 1994 when Ron Harper said being a Clipper was akin to doing time in jail.

“We don’t have nobody on this team that thinks they’re bigger than the program,” said Montrezl H

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