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Saying Goodbye and Good Riddance to Lob City

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We’ll always have the memories.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

In times like these, you turn to the memories.

Today we say goodbye to a thorn in our side, the bane of our existence for several years, the greatest rival of the peak of the Grit and Grind Era, the Lob City L.A. Clippers. This comes with the trade of Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets for a 2018 1st round pick and several Rockets players including Sam Dekker. The ramifications of that deal and what they mean for the Memphis Grizzlies will come later.

For now? We say goodbye to a bitter enemy.

For as much as we hate the Clippers and what they stood for - the flash, the high-flying, the flopping - the Grizzlies and Clippers needed each other in a way. Every great story has an antagonist. Batman and The Joker. Superman and Lex Luthor. The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Almost every story of something great has someone, or something, pushing it to greatness.

Grit and Grind was that for Lob City, and vice versa.

So goodbye, Lob City Clippers. It is fitting that both eras may well end in the same off-season. They will always be connected, at least in the minds of both fan bases and hardcore NBA fans who followed the league and remember moments like this (Grizzlies fans, this one is gonna hurt...)

And like this...

And this...

And this...

And yes, even this...

Some painful memories for Grizzlies fans, and a lot of triumphant ones. But the Clippers pushed Memphis to those moments. While we may hate (and I mean HATE) those Clippers, we can tip our cap to our rival, the iron that sharpened iron, and say goodbye, Lob City. Thanks for helping define what the greatest era of Memphis Grizzlies basketball so far is all about. Sorry about you never making a Western Conference Finals. They’re pretty cool.

Good luck, and good riddance.

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