The Clippers were ready to draft Bo Kimble Wednesday, in more ways than one.
Members of the marketing staff had a season-ticket advertisement featuring the former Loyola Marymount star ready for publication in today's Times, just in case. When the Clippers used the eighth pick to take him, the go-ahead was given for publication. A more generic ad was standing by if the choice wasn't Kimble.
"Bo was the only advertisement we had prepared," said Mitch Huberman, the Clippers' vice president of marketing and broadcasting. "With the impact Bo could have on this team in this city, that was an opportunity we had to take advantage of."
Wednesday afternoon, with the ad finished and delivered, the marketing staff had no indication from General Manager Elgin Baylor that the Clippers would take Kimble if he was still around. Like many fans, they just hoped.