Now that the start of the regular season can be measured in days rather than weeks, the question had to be asked and answered Wednesday. What is a realistic goal for the Clippers for the upcoming season after an offseason with so many changes? “Make the playoffs,” Blake Griffin said. “I don’t really see any other goal. Obviously, it’s to win a championship. Every team starts out at the beginning of the year saying, ‘We want to win a championship,’ but you’ve got to have a goal of getting to the playoffs first.” Griffin disagreed with a reporter’s suggestion that 2017-18 would be a transitional season for the Clippers, what with nine new players on the roster and past standouts such as Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick now playing elsewhere. “I wouldn’t really call it a transitional season,” Griffin said. “We have new players. To me, transitional makes it seem like it’s a rebuilding year or something like that. I guess it would be rebuilding if we had done something. We haven’t really done anything over the past five, six years. “It’s different. It’s a different team. It’s a different look. I don’t know about transitional.” The Clippers have two home exhibition games remaining, Thursday against the Sacramento Kings and Friday against the Lakers. Then the new-look Clippers begin the regular season Oct. 19 against the Lakers in a “road” game at Staples Center.
Blake Griffin says Clippers’ goal is simply to qualify for playoffs
L.A. Daily News | Oct 13