Historically, the Clippers have been grouped with the teams that have been the laughing stock of the NBA. Before last season, they had only reached the playoffs seven times in their 42 year franchise history. Their in-town rival, the Los Angeles Lakers, consider it a failure if they make the playoffs seven times in a decade. With failed and busted draft picks, devastating injuries, constant coaching changes and the flat out bad collection of talent that the Clippers have historically assembled, there really wasn’t a reason to be optimistic. Over the past two years, however, they have made a complete 180. Last year, the Clippers finished the season with the best record in franchise history (56-26) while making the playoffs for the second year in a row. They were successful in bringing Doc Rivers, along with other key roll players, to Los Angeles’ “other team” in order to make their quest for a championship a real possibility. Ten years ago the thought of winning a championship, let alone making the playoffs seemed laughable to those watching the Clippers. Today they are in the conversation to win the Western Conference. So, staying within the holiday spirit, I’d say the Clippers have a lot to be thankful for.