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Clippers have been rewriting their history in a good way, but traces of bad old days are hard to shake

Clippers have been rewriting their history in a good way, but traces of bad old days are hard to shake

Basketball reasons were rarely used for liking the Clippers in the years before they acquired Chris Paul to pair with Blake Griffin.

Even during Griffin's rookie season in which he leaped over a car to win the dunk competition during All-Star weekend, he could not elevate the Clippers to anything more than a 50-loss team.

The hulking power forward had been the third No. 1 overall draft pick in franchise history when the Clippers selected him in 2009 and the first to break his kneecap in an exhibition game before he made his NBA debut. It led to a lost 2009-10 season for Griffin and the Clippers at a time when their fellow Staples Center tenants, the Lakers, were still in the...

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