Stephen A. Smith believes that the LA Clippers have some real pressure to win after their deadline day acquisition of Rajon Rondo.
The LA Clippers have looked incredible this year. The team bounced back massively from the disappointments of last season, and seemingly have a hunger that was never there before. And recently, the team only further bolstered its roster through the acquisition of Rajon Rondo.
There have long been reports that Kawhi Leonard had been demanding there be a true point guard on the team. And now that he has one of the best at the position, all eyes are on them.
Will their season be deemed a failure if they can’t win the West? Stephen A. Smith definitely thinks so.
Stephen A. Smith issues a warning to the LA Clippers after Rajon Rondo trade
Stephen A. Smith has long been famous for his hot takes, and severe passion while talking about sports. And when the ESPN analyst sat down to talk about the LA Clippers, he was more passionate than fans have seen him in a while and said this.
“Kawhi (Leonard) and the rest of the Clippers, they better show up in the playoffs, now! Make no mistake about it. There simply can not be a repeat of last year, when they flamed out early against Denver. When they failed to give us the matchup with the Lakers!”
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 26, 2021
Yep, Stephen A. Smith still hasn’t forgiven the LA Clippers for their disappointing playoff run last year. But he is right about one thing. The franchise has absolutely no excuses left.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George now have a championship-level point guard in Rajon Rondo. And if the Clippers still can’t even get to the Conference finals, the team will be facing some serious backlash.
It’s not like they aren’t already used to the banter, given their meltdown of epic proportions last year. But to have this 2 years in a row with few draft picks left in their kitty is practically suicidal. The likes of Kawhi and PG might be bullied into joining other teams.