A traditional part of the end of a season for an NBA team has always been exit interviews, which are conducted right after a team’s final regular season game, or its final playoff game if it reaches the postseason.
However, after being unceremoniously dumped in the first round of this year’s playoffs, the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers did not conduct any exit interviews with their players.
It appears this may be the start of a concerning new trend.
The Clippers have seemingly phased player exit interviews out as well over the last few seasons
Lawrence Frank spoke last week but I’m not sure if/when any of the players will https://t.co/leAbK4SMb6
— Chuck Mockler (@ChuckMockler) May 3, 2023
Exit interviews are important and very useful because they allow the public to hear a player’s view on what transpired throughout the season, why he did well, what he didn’t do well, and what he plans on improving moving forward.
It can be a window into his mindset, as well as possibly what lies ahead for him.
The Bucks and Clippers were two teams that had legitimate championship aspirations, and many were picking them to represent their respective conferences in the NBA Finals.
In fact, when the season started, the Clippers were the overwhelming favorites among the so-called experts to win the world championship.
Instead, Paul George suffered a leg injury late in the regular season and Kawhi Leonard went down early in their first-round series against the Phoenix Suns with a knee injury, and as a result, they fell to Kevin Durant and company in five games.
Meanwhile, the Bucks, after finishing with the best record in the NBA, lost Giannis Antetokounmpo against the Miami Heat to a back ailment for two-and-a-half games, and they also lost in five contests.
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