And if such a team had not had (had) injuries… That is one of the most repeated stories in the NBA. In any season there’s a great team, one with championship aspirations, that goes down because of injuries. Right in that package we can include the Clippers. In the last two campaigns, physical problems have hit them hard, especially if we stick to what they experienced with a Kawhi Leonard who has not even been able to make his debut in the 2021-22 academic year.
Given such a context, it is not surprising that once again they are commenting on what will happen to this group of players, who it seems will be joined by John Wall shortly, if they manage to stay healthy for a whole season. This is exactly what its owner, Steve Ballmer, tells us about, who understands that Clippers without injuries have no limits.
“I’m really excited about what’s to come. I think the sky is the limit for our team. It will be our effort and our energy that will mark everything. Of course, you have to have a little luck to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy, which is what we really want », he expresses to ESPN.
That luck must come from avoiding setbacks like those suffered in the last two courses. Leonard injured his knee during Game 4 of the 2021 Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz, a problem that has prevented him from playing to date. Paul George for his part has only been able to play 31 games in the campaign that just ended due to an elbow injury. Ballmer hopes they are ready for battle, especially a Kawhi who he assures him is working tirelessly.
“Leonard is not only your best player, but one of the best players in the world. I am very excited to see him back. Kawhi is in the gym. He is working and we keep our fingers crossed that everything goes according to schedule », he comments before making it clear where the key to the team’s success will lie. “I think if we stay healthy next year, we’ll have a chance to talk well into the postseason,” he warns.
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