April 17, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The cow bell crowd came to beg some more for NBA attention, maybe the last Kings' game to be contested on this prairie before a move to Seattle. But there was the real possibility the energy in this graveyard might raise the Kings from the dead, thereby sending the Clippers to Memphis to begin the playoffs. However, this has been the best regular season in Clippers' history, with Wednesday night's 112-108 victory the exclamation point. While the local yokels remained here in their seats long after the game was over, chanting, "Here we stay," there's a lot more basketball to be played in Los Angeles.
September 26, 2012 |
The Clippers' playoff run last spring and their busy off-season of stockpiling talent simply increased the pressure on them to be successful this season. That burden to succeed rests not only with All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but also with the man who is expected to lead them, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro. In May, the Clippers picked up the option on Del Negro's contract, giving him a third season as coach for about $2 million. Still, Del Negro, 46, enters the new season in the final year of his contract.
July 11, 2012 |
The moratorium on NBA free-agent signings ends Wednesday, freeing team executives to comment on their moves. A quick rundown of what select general managers ought to say: Brooklyn's Billy King: "Two down, one to go!" Houston's Daryl Morey: "Just kidding! We're really not going from Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic to Courtney Fortson and Shaun Livingston at point guard … are we?" The Lakers' Mitch Kupchak: "Sacre bleu! All these fans who groused that our biggest off-season move would involve Robert Sacre need to get a clue.
June 22, 2012 |
Though no decision is imminent, the Clippers have begun the process of finding a general manager to replace the departed Neil Olshey, according to officials from three NBA teams who were not authorized to speak publicly on the Clippers situation. Clippers President Andy Roeser and Coach Vinny Del Negro have discussed possible GM candidates, but they haven't yet taken anything to owner Donald Sterling. Kiki Vandeweghe, former general manager of the Denver Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets, interviewed with Roeser last week, the officials said.
May 29, 2012 |
The Clippers informed Coach Vinny Del Negro Tuesday that the team will pick up his contract option for the 2012-13 season, said sources that were not authorized to publicly speak on the matter. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, president Andy Roeser and vice president of basketball operations Neil Olshey came to the conclusion that Del Negro would at least finish his third year as coach of the Clippers. Del Negro took the Clippers to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, where they were swept in four games by the San Antonio Spurs.
May 13, 2012 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — I've got your grit and grind here, Memphis, and they are wearing Clippers uniforms. The Grizzlies were supposed to be the better team, with fans holding up "Believe Memphis" towels and a newspaper columnist here detailing the intangibles early on that would separate Memphis from L.A. But while the columnist moves on now to write about the minor league baseball team here or the town's best bowlers, the Clippers have already...