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Blake Griffin on losing Chris Paul: "A shake-up doesn't hurt"

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The Los Angeles Clippers lost a key component of their team when Chris Paul decided to move to the Houston Rockets this summer.

CP3 left a $200 million deal on the table in L.A. as he felt he had a better opportunity at winning a championship alongside James Harden in H-Town.

The point guard was the floor general and leader for the Clippers and everything went through him during his six years in the City of Angels.

With the influential veteran now gone, head coach Doc Rivers is looking to create a more balanced offence where he's hoping to implement his preferred style of sharing the ball.

Rivers admitted that the big three of Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan "didn't work" and it led to the franchise breaking up their core.

As well as CP, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford also departed in free agency and opted to join the Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves respectively.

Despite losing those key players, the Clippers were able to re-sign Griffin to a five-year, $173 million contract.

The big man still believes in the potential of the team and admits that changes had to be made as they have been unsuccessful.

"You either win or you don't," he told ESPN's Sam Alipour. "And we didn't."

The five-time All-Star is not being completely fair in his assessment of the team as he, Jordan and Paul brought a level of success that the franchise had never seen.

They became one of the best regular season teams, overtook the Lakers as the best team in the city and made the playoffs in every season they spent together since they traded for Paul in 2011.

But for most star players, success is determined by what you do in the playoffs and Griffin has not been content with how the Clippers have fared on the biggest stage as they've never made it past the second round.

"What have we done in the last five, six years? Nothing," he said. "We got to the second round."

The power forward admitted that losing CP, Redick and Crawford was tough but believes it won't be detrimental to the team.

"You never want to blow up something like that - you have All-Stars in CP and (DeAndre Jordan), great pieces like J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford. But at the same time, we haven't had success, so a shake-up doesn't hurt," Griffin added.

After signing his huge deal, the All-NBA star will now have to take on the responsibility of being the leader for the team and is ready to take on the challenge.

"I've fully embraced that," he said. "This is my ninth year now; it's time to take on that role. ... (in the past) I led by example, but I'll be more outspoken this year."

The Clippers begin their campaign with a battle of L.A. against the Lakers at Staples Center on October 19.

Topics:
Blake Griffin
L.A. Clippers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Chris Paul
DeAndre Jordan

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