The saga of the Los Angeles Clippers ownership situation has lasted months, but it’s finally at an end now; Donald Sterling is officially out of the picture. The change in management should help the team regain its focus and improve their NBA odds.
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There’s no denying that the circus act of Sterling attempting to retain ownership after the league forced him out took a toll on the club. The team was distracted in the postseason, and some pundits even called for the roster to walk out on the team during the playoffs.
In the offseason, the lack of a concrete solution resulted in head coach and executive Doc Rivers chasing around potential free agency alone and with little success.
To put it bluntly, the Clips were legitimate NBA championship contenders in 2013-2014 (they were 46-35-1 against the spread) before things went south, and they haven’t improved since. Now that Sterling is out and new owner Steve Ballmer is in, club superstars Chris Paul (19.1 PPG and 10.7 APG) and Blake Griffin (24.1 PPG and 9.5 RPG) can get back to pushing the franchise to new heights.
The team is 12/1 to win the NBA championship, so they’re a tough betting option to overlook. This team can do some damage when they’re focused exclusively on basketball.