Fuck. Why Doc? Why? Not only did I spend two weeks ripping Josh Smith and Pablo Prigioni to shreds at every turn, but they may have been my two most despised players in the entire NBA before the Clippers went seven games with the Rockets. Is this a solid depth move? Yes. Prigioni can shoot the 3 from time to time and has quick hands on defense, but I will be damned if I sacrifice the integrity of this blog by endorsing that little Italian bastard. I'm going to be honest with you. I don't even know why I hate him. I really don't. I think it's probably because he reminds me of the type of person that owns a hole in the wall, Americanized pizza joint, but he pronounces mozzarella 'a-moot-za-rellllll' or calamari 'cal-ah-maad' like he's in the heart of Florence. Regardless, I held this opinion when he was on the Knicks, I obviously stuck with it when he was on the Rockets last year, and I refuse to change it just because we are on the same team now. I gave Josh Smith a pass, but that's where I draw the line on compromising. The return of DeAndre Jordan only buys you so much leeway into my bag of irrationally hated free agents.
What are you going to do? It's not a terrible move. The Clippers bench is actually formidable now. An injury doesn't leave them on the cusp of 6-7 man rotation like last year. They unloaded Spencer Hawes, his mid-life crisis, and his awful contract. They brought in a potential game changer in Lance Stephenson. They brought in the most savvy of vets in Paul Pierce. They kept their very own Big 3 together. No matter what happens after that the offseason has to be considered a huge win. However, I can't help but feel like they are trying to feed me my words by adding players I hate. As they say, be careful what you wish for. I wanted a deep bench and I got a guy that shoots jumpers like he's right handed and doesn't know it, and 40 year old guinea that may potentially knock himself unconscious trying to stand up...
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