You're right. The Clippers have just had a run of bad luck....
Swen Nater and Tate Armstrong
Adrian Dantley for Billy Knight
Tiny Archibald's achilles
World B. Free instead of Charles Barkley
Bill Walton on broken feet
Michael Brooks knee
Norm Nixon's knee
Terry Cummings heart
Trading Tom Chambers
Derek Smith's knee
Marques Johnson's neck
Danny Manning's knee
Ron Harper's knee
Brent Barry instead of Antonio McDyess or Kevin Garnett
Lorenzen Wright instead of Kobe Bryant
Loy Vaught's back
Olowakandi instead of everyone else
Elton Brand's achilles
Shaun Livingston's knee
Blake Griffin's knee
Look out! Clips tied with the Spurs for the best record in the west over the past 10 games. When Kaman comes back maybe he can show enough to be worth something on the trade market. The core of the team is strong (Griffith, Bledsoe, Aminu, Jordan, Gordon) and they'll likely have a mid to high lottery pick in the 2011 draft and they get Minnesota's unprotected pick in 2012 which could be very high. Lots of draft pick assets coupled with plenty of cap room will put them in prime position to pick up a veteran theta could make them a legit playoff contender in 2011-12. Though that would make it hard for Sterling to continue heckling his own players!
Being a Clippers fan myself too, yeah we've had our share of bad luck to good players and bad choices in the draft in the past (not counting Eric Gordon or Blake Griffin), but that's what happens when you have a moron like Donald T. Sterling as your owner.
He's the world's cheapest sports owner. I've seen nutless monkeys make better decisions than him.
Keys to Clippers being turned into title contenders in NBA (in my honest opinion):
1. New Owners
2. Fire Del Negro (Bring back Larry Brown)
3. Trade Kaman, Davis, and Craig Smith
4. Build team around Griffin, Gordon, and DeAndre Jordan