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Griffin, Paul not fans of Clippers “lob city” nickname

Jan 6, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

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When Blake Griffin learned of the Chris Paul trade his first reaction was to chest bump DeAndre Jordan and say, “lob city.”

That phrase took off instantly with Clippers faithful — at games you see homemade “lob city” T-shirts. For fans the phrase has become the team’s on the court identity as the Clips gets a lot of highlights out of lobs and dunks. It is this team’s nickname.

Clipper players don’t like it.

Griffin said he wishes he hadn’t said it, Clipper players never refer to the team that way, and Paul would prefer if you didn’t call them that, according to

“It’s unfortunate,” Griffin said. “It’s one of those things where we understand it, but that’s not what we’re about. Before the game we’re not going out thinking, ‘All right, its Lob City tonight.’ We’re just trying to win games and trying to get better.”

“It’s something we can’t control,” Paul said. “We are a complete team, and we want to continue to be a complete team. That’s the only way we’re going to win games. It doesn’t matter if you get 10 lobs and lose the game. It’s all about winning at the end of the day.”

Well, if you don’t like a nickname it’s more likely to stick, so, sorry guys.

The Clippers are on their way to becoming a complete team — they are not there yet. Their defense has improved the past couple games but they need to do that over a stretch of time and then they ultimately need to do it in the playoffs.

Win some playoff games and you can add other titles to the list, maybe even “best team in Los Angeles.” But even then, for some this will always be “lob city.”

  1. willias1 - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I highly out Blake would have an issue if the Clips record was better. Stop complaining about the nickname YOU came up with and go continue to miss jumpers

    • dirtydavis - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      True… B. Griffin and D. Jordan were wet when they heard about CP3 arrival

  2. jmclarkent - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    The fact that folks are calling the Clippers anything other than “Where Careers Go to Die” should make the players ecstatic.

    …Now hurry up and move Mo Williams for a bit of backup size.

  3. gallaghedj311 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    I hope it sticks forever. (courtesy of a fan of the dream team. Vince Young’s dream team, lol)

  4. sensiblebuc - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    My initial reaction was “Hey bro you made it up. Own it.”

    I see what hes getting at now. The Clippers don’t want to be some gimmick or flash in the pan offense only team like the D’Antoni Suns. They want to be known as a legit contender capable of locking people up defensively. This smells like CP3’s leadership to me.

  5. letsgosharks - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Aren’t the Clippers usually lobbing up bad shots?The name fits.

  6. notacelticsfan - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Meh, the nickname was incorrect anyway.

    Lob City is in Minnesota.

  7. mrlitl - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    LA has another team? (Go Lakers)

  8. tajhman34as - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    U guys kinda came up with it and did it.

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