Some 12 hours after they were swept 4-0 by the San Antonio Spurs and eliminated Sunday night from the Western Conference semifinals, the Clippers experienced a day for reflection about a successful season despite the pain of being pushed out of the playoffs.
Monday also was a day for the Clippers to discuss the future and how they could sustain what was built during the 2011-12 season.
The two people in charge of running the organization, President Andy Roeser and vice president of basketball operations Neil Olshey, have several key decisions to make.
The easy ones will be to offer Blake Griffin and Chris Paul long-term contract extensions.
The most pressing one will be deciding whether to pick up Coach Vinny Del Negro's contract option for the 2012-13 season.
The Clippers have 10 days from the end of the season to inform Del Negro of their decision, meaning he will know something by May 31.
"It's not going to be that long," Roeser said Monday. "Today is...