It is one thing for the
It is quite another for the Clippers to live up to the hype of being among the top teams in the Western Conference, such as Oklahoma City and San Antonio.
So the goal for the Clippers will be to deliver on all the promise during the 82-game season.
"I've always said that I would rather be with a group that has high expectations than be with a group that doesn't," said new Clippers Coach
"So, are we ready to embrace that? I don't know yet. That's what we're going to go on this journey and find out. But I think we are."
That journey for the Clippers will start when training camp opens Tuesday at UC San Diego.
The talent-rich Clippers gathered Monday for media day at their practice facility, hungry for an NBA championship and hungry to put behind the disappointment of a first-round playoff loss last season.
"For us, it's going to be all about the process," said point guard
It's what people see in the Clippers that has so many singing their praises.
The first thing was the Clippers' luring Rivers from the
Then the Clippers re-signed Paul to a five-year, $107.3-million extension over the summer.
There is even this hope that center
They acquired shooters
The Clippers fortified their bench by keeping
"We have made some strides as a program, but we don't have any championships," Griffin said. "That's the goal. That's the bottom line. We haven't really accomplished anything yet. Our whole goal is to accomplish that.
"So the expectations, we put those on ourselves as well and that's the way it should be. We don't feel like we've arrived or put ourselves into that category until we win a championship."
Paul has another role to deal with this year; he was named president of the National Basketball Players' Assn. over the summer.
"It's going to take all of us players to really get the union back to where we'd like it at," Paul said. "…We just want to try to continue to grow the game and make it as big and even bigger than it is right now."
It wasn't as if the Clippers had a bad 2012-13 season.
They won the franchise's first Pacific Division title, had a franchise-best 56-26 record and a franchise-best 17-game winning streak.
It was just that they lost that first-round playoff series to Memphis, 4-2, after winning the first two games.
That led to
Now, Rivers said he likes the idea of the Clippers being in the conversation as a title contender.
"It's realistic for some and hopefully we're in that some," Rivers said. "And I believe that."