San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Forward Blake Griffin will get rid of “Lob City” nickname for him and his high-flying teammates with the Los Angeles Clippers for a new identity.
Griffin stressed that new coach Doc Rivers has calibrated the team’s playing style by instilling a defensive-minded culture and an offense that will have a lot of movement and floor spacing.
The up-tempo, exciting style of play the Clippers has already been de-emphasized.
Griffin noted that he did a lot of work in the offseason on his face-up game from 10 to 15 feet.
“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,” said Griffin.
Rivers noted that Lob City won’t be completely gone, saying lobs come naturally and that it would be crazy if they take it out of their offense.
“I want more [lobs] if we can get them. That’s two points. It’s very difficult to foul D.J. [Jordan] when he’s up there for a lob pass,” said Rivers.
“I’ve told them that lobs are great, but winning is better,” he emphasized. “I think the message there is people look at us as a showtime team and not a winning team, and we want to be a winning team, but you can do both.”
The Clippers are holding the first week of their training camp at UC San Diego.