Blake Griffin is determined to spark a turnaround in the fortune of the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I'm not even thinking of it like that," Griffin said when asked whether he was making the Clippers his team this season. "I'm just trying to do my job and my part to make this a team that people respect.
"I've been talking to Mo (Williams), DJ (DeAndre Jordan) and Eric (Gordon), Ryan (Gomes),Randy (Foye) all those guys all summer about setting the tone the tone for our year," he said. "Making sure that everybody knows that we're not going to be a team that's OK with losing. The biggest thing I think is: 'It's OK to care. It's OK to want to win and to be that team. To be upset when we lose.'
"We can't have the mindset of becoming complacent with losing. It doesn't happen on purpose. But when you start out the way we did, it doesn't make losing easier, but when you've lost six in a row and you get a win, that next game it's like, 'Oh, we won our last one.'
"It's got to be one of those things where that can never be OK. I think that's the direction we're going. That's got to be our mindset."