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LA Clippers: A blueprint for rebuilding without tanking

The “Lob City” era brought the LA Clippers the best stretch of basketball in the history of the franchise. The team was exciting, well-rounded, and gave the franchise their first ever division titles in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

Despite their successes, the team was never able to reach the conference finals. They disappointingly lost three times in the opening round of the playoffs. Where many franchises may have looked to stay the course and ride their current team as far as it would take them, the Clippers took a hard look at their team, and took action to cut out sentimentality and rebuild before it was too late.