In mature democracies, regime change generally proceeds without a hitch. In professional basketball, the process can be considerably bumpier. On Saturday night at Staples Center, the Clippers ushered in the Kim Hughes era with a decisive 98-81 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
"It wasn't a whole lot of fun," Hughes said.
Before the game, Hughes laid down the team's primary offensive imperative, a significant departure from Mike Dunleavy's structured offense.