There are specific groups as a sportswriter that you just mustn’t belief. Regardless of the best way the Detroit Lions are taking part in, their followers received’t hesitate to inform you a size-14 steel-toe boot is about to drop at any second. Everyone knows what tortured souls I’m speaking about so let’s spare them additional anguish, and simply single out the one which persons are falling for, but once more: The Los Angeles Clippers.
For me to imagine that the Clips, or a workforce with James Harden, are ever actually contenders, they’ll should be up 25 with 3 seconds left within the clinching recreation of the NBA Finals. I don’t care in the event that they swept via the primary three rounds of the playoffs and are going through the Bucks with out Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, I wouldn’t trip with LA’s stepchild.
This will likely sound like I’m hating, and that’s most likely 75 p.c of it, however the different quarter is motivated by self-preservation. You know the way many media members regarded like full morons for hitching their hopes to Aaron Rodgers this season? Innumerable. (The worst was most likely Mike Greenberg and his Jets watch social gathering that changed into a childhood reenactment of his most traumatic sports activities reminiscences, however nonetheless, innumerable media members.)
I don’t care about Ty Lue’s rotations, Harden’s dedication to taking part in basketball, Kawhi Leonard’s resurgence, or no matter Paul George is doing properly — the percentages of solely a type of stars being wholesome and glad come April far outweigh this factor truly coming to fruition. This factor being a Clippers postseason run to an NBA title.
At 21-12, Los Angeles is doing what any workforce with that form of expertise ought to be doing. The Sixers had been 26 video games above .500 a yr in the past, had the league MVP, and Harden’s juju permeated like a burnt roux in a batch of gumbo. Philly went out within the second spherical, once more. And we’re going to combine the Beard’s historical past of flameouts with a franchise as incompetent and unfortunate because the Clippers?
Whereas I’m eager for Billy Crystal and whoever attends Clippers video games in blue and pink, this isn’t about that. It’s a warning to fellow sportswriters and prognosticators to assume twice, thrice, 100 occasions a woman earlier than placing your perception in Santa Claus on the web.
If I’ve discovered something about this job, it’s that individuals solely ever bear in mind your predictions in the event that they’re flat-out terrible. Properly, that, and for those who’re nameless sufficient nobody actually reads or remembers. I might take advantage of off-base prediction — not editorial error — ever, and the one individuals who may say one thing are my coworkers, and the possibilities of that taking place are 10-1.
So, actually, I assume this piece was about firing strays on the Los Angeles Clippers all alongside. Alright then, job properly achieved, onto the following take.