The Los Angeles Clippers' 92-87 road win against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night was the starkest proof yet that it no longer takes several years and a couple of lucky bounces in the NBA lottery to fashion a winning, sustainable basketball culture.
Today, in a climate in which one galvanizing star can become the magnet to attract more stars and a bevy of depth behind them, even the most hapless organizations can quickly turn themselves into a force capable of having its way with one of the most the league's most consistent winners.
All it takes is a guy like Chris Paul deciding that, sure, playing with Blake Griffin for a few years could be interesting. That he'd agree to do so even though it would mean playing for the Los Angeles Clippers speaks to a rewriting of the very DNA of the NBA.
The Clippers entered last season as one of the most solid bets in sports: A team with an owner who radiated dysfunction and players who inevitably found themselves hampered by ...