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October 6, 2009 | Helene Elliott
Rob Blake was frustrated after the top-seeded San Jose Sharks were upset by the Ducks in the first round of the playoffs last spring. The way he and his teammates are handling it suggests they're ready to shed the tag of being postseason flops. "The anger part is going to be there, but this falls directly on our shoulders," the veteran defenseman said Monday before the Sharks flew to Los Angeles to face the Kings tonight at Staples Center. "It's not often you play on a Presidents' trophy team.
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April 26, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
SAN FRANCISCO - As the Clippers were preparing for Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, they found themselves also having to deal with allegations that Clippers owner Donald Sterling made racist comments about African Americans. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, who were the only Clippers players who spoke with the media after practice Saturday, both stuck with the theme that they were "focused" on playing Sunday and were only "here to talk about the Golden State Warriors.
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November 26, 2009 | By Michael Ordoña
Looking very much like the fashion plate celebrated in magazines, complete with stylishly unruly blond mane and plunging black leather-like jacket, Blake Lively sits semiformally on a couch in a suite at the Luxe Hotel. Piled on the table before her: posters of her new movie for signing. Piled on her lap: fruit and dark chocolate. "Want some?" she asks, true to her last name. "It tastes like Easter." Heretofore known for teen-ish roles, Lively covers 10 turbulent years of the title character's younger incarnation in "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee."
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April 24, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
OAKLAND -- The Clippers walked into an angry beehive, thousands of folks wearing bright yellow T-shirts and surrounding them with a roaring buzz. The Clippers walked into a building that is adjacent to the home of the Oakland Raiders and feels every bit like a Raiders end zone, the Black Hole, only deeper. In their first road game of this postseason Thursday night, the Clippers found themselves engulfed by screaming and booing and chanting Oracle Arena fans and a Golden State Warriors team that mirrored every bit of their desperation.
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March 23, 2002
The booing of Rob Blake needs to stop. Let's not forget the many years of commitment (and hip checks) he gave for the Kings, and helped the Kings to get to their only appearance in the Stanley Cup finals. Be true fans of the game and respect Blake--not boo him. Chio Baldocchi Hermosa Beach
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January 26, 2002 | Jerry Crowe
Former King Rob Blake and the Colorado Avalanche will make their first appearance of the season today at Staples Center--and Blake still hasn't forgotten the nasty reception that greeted him here during the playoffs last May. The all-star defenseman blames the Kings for the boos that rained down on him, believing management portrayed him unfairly in contract negotiations that eventually broke down, leading to his trade to the Avalanche last February.
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December 13, 2009 | By Dylan Hernandez
Blake DeWitt spent last winter preparing to become the Dodgers' starting second baseman and what did it get him? Only 31 games in the majors. Constant shuttling back and forth from the Dodgers' triple-A affiliate in New Mexico. A hectic schedule that prevented him from establishing a rhythm at the plate and resulted in a .204 average. Again preparing himself to be the Dodgers' second baseman this off-season, DeWitt said he knows that next year could turn out the same way, that the team could find another veteran free agent to push him out of the lineup and into limbo.
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October 7, 2000
So let me see if I get this right. In all the letters The Times receives, not one was in favor of Rob Blake and his stance against an ultimatum? I find that very hard to believe. I saw true Kings' fans at the last preseason game against Phoenix cheering for Blake when he came out brandishing the "C" on his sweater. The Times seems to be continuing the grudge you have against hockey and Kings' hockey in particular. TRISH CASTRO Montebello
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January 27, 2001
Rob Blake is one of the top three defensemen in the NHL. The entire hockey media talk about his dominance and his ability. However, no one talks about King management with the same reverence. The hockey community seems to take it for granted that the Kings will never win and that it is only fitting that Blake be allowed to win the Cup with a true contender. What is wrong with this picture? The Kings have a very exciting team this year and are in the playoff hunt. The talk should be about what it will take to make them a true Stanley Cup contender.
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January 6, 2001
How about this, Dave Taylor? You go to Toronto instead of Rob Blake, and stay there. Now, we all understand, Mr. Taylor, that you are doing this for "the good of the sport," but how about signing Blake for the good of the team and the fans. King brass, take a good look around the league at all the other teams that are salivating and waiting for you to make this mistake. DEAN FORSYTH Highland It has become apparent that Dave Taylor is in way over his head in the Rob Blake situation.
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April 23, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan came in fifth for the NBA's most improved player award announced Wednesday by the league, and Blake Griffin was seventh. Jordan, who had a career-best season that included averages of a career-high 10.4 points and an NBA-best 13.6 rebounds per game, had four first-place votes and 66 total. Jordan came in third in voting for the NBA's defensive player of the year award. Griffin, who averaged a career-high 24.1 points per game, had six first-place votes and 39 total.
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April 22, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Blake Griffin's word of choice to describe the Clippers' turnaround was "relaxed. " The Clippers blew out the Golden State Warriors, 138-98, on Monday night to even their Western Conference first-round playoff series at 1-1. The 138 points were the most the Clippers had scored in a playoff game in franchise history. Their 40-point margin was also a franchise record for a playoff game. And the 35 points Griffin scored were his playoff career high. The Clippers even went 32 for 35 (91.4%)
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April 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Resoundingly and emphatically, the Clippers responded to the challenge presented to them in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series by winning in historic fashion Monday night at Staples Center. Blake Griffin answered the call with a playoff career-high 35 points. And Doc Rivers coached his team with a purpose while mixing it up with one of his former players. Griffin's 35-point night, in just three quarters of play, was the impetus behind the Clippers' 138-98 rout of the Golden State Warriors.
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April 21, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The Clippers needed an answer, and quick. They gave one, and wow. Their response Monday night to a playoff-opening debacle against the Golden State Warriors was powerful enough to temporarily subdue thoughts of the historic Clippers jinx while empowering dreams of a landmark Clippers spring. The answer was visible across the Staples Center sky in a flying Blake Griffin, and across the Staples Center floor in a skidding Chris Paul. The answer was audible on the Staples Center sideline with a screaming and confrontational Doc Rivers, and in the stands with thousands of red shirts whose owners' roars lasted deep into the sweaty night.
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April 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Paul couldn't stop watching the play. Once. Twice. Again. Another time. It bothered him that he didn't make the right call in a late three-on-one, getting his shot blocked by Harrison Barnes instead of passing to J.J. Redick. That didn't even compare with the two free throws he missed with 11 seconds left in the Clippers' 109-105 loss to Golden State in Saturday's playoff opener. Long night for Paul. Long Sunday too. "I looked at it, I think, six different times [Sunday]
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April 19, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
There was less than a minute remaining, the score was tied, and where was the Clippers' most valuable player, biggest star and human billboard? Blake Griffin was standing on the sidelines having just fouled out. He was angrily staring up at the giant video screen. In his right hand he was holding a paper cup filled with water. Suddenly, he shouted something, spread his arms out in disgust, and dumped the entire cup over his right shoulder. Where it, um, coincidentally emptied upon a courtside fan wearing a Golden State Warriors T-shirt.
OPINION
March 18, 2005
Re "Actor Robert Blake Acquitted in Shooting Death of His Wife," March 17: Some jurors told reporters after their verdict had been read that Blake could be guilty but that the prosecution didn't prove his guilt to their satisfaction. Although the accused in a crime is rightly presumed innocent, there is nothing inherent in that presumption that precludes the suspicion of guilt. Why would anyone be prosecuted for a crime if his accuser did not feel confident of his guilt? A jury has the responsibility to decide.
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February 5, 2002 | Lonnie White
Maybe Rob Blake really did believe that King fans would forget. It has almost been a year since Blake was traded from Los Angeles to Colorado and the former King captain seemed a little shocked to be booed when he returned to Staples Center for two recent visits. But there's a big difference between fans dogging a player when he's playing against his ex-teammates and getting jeered every time he touched the puck in an All-Star game, which happened to Blake on Saturday. "I understand because they supported the Kings and I for 12 years," said Blake, who originally was a little bothered by the rough treatment he received when Colorado played at Staples Center on Jan. 26. "They never cheered for anyone on a different team and I don't expect them to do that for me."
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April 18, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Blake Griffin approached the media for his session Friday and smiled as he prepared to answer questions about the first-round playoff series between his Clippers and the Golden State Warriors. Then Griffin's eyes grew wide when the Clippers All-Star power forward was asked if there were any lingering problems between him and Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal. Griffin assured everyone he had no issues with O'Neal. The question was asked because Griffin and O'Neal had a confrontation in the hallway outside the Clippers' locker room the last time the two teams played at Staples Center on March 12. The two exchanged words after O'Neal approached a surprised Griffin, but nothing happened.
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April 18, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
A smile crossed Blake Griffin's face as he weaved his way through a media throng Friday to answer questions about the first-round playoff series between his Clippers and the Golden State Warriors. Griffin's eyes grew wider, too, when the All-Star power forward was asked if there were any lingering issues between him and Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal. The last time the teams played each other, March 12 at Staples Center, Griffin and O'Neal had a postgame confrontation in the hallway outside of the Clippers' locker room.
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