May 31, 2013 |
Lob City has once again become Sloppy City. The Clippers are once again mired in a mess caused by their owner, Donald Sterling. And once again, only the very future of the franchise is at stake. In an interview this month with The Times' T.J. Simers, Sterling essentially admitted what everyone already knew -- the decision to fire coach Vinny Del Negro was Chris Paul's decision. It was a great scoop, but it was no surprise. The Clippers were acting like any NBA team that caters to their best player.
July 1, 2013 |
Chris Paul informed the Clippers on Monday that he is re-signing with the team. Paul made the announcement to the rest of the NBA world via his Twitter feed: I'M IN!!! #CLIPPERNATION - Chris Paul (@CP3) July 1, 2013 Paul will sign a maximum five-year deal worth $107.3 million with the Clippers. But the All-Star point guard can't sign his contract until the NBA lifts its moratorium on July 10. He'll earn $18.8 million in the first year of the deal. NBA executives said it had always been a formality for Paul to remain with the Clippers after the hiring of Doc Rivers as coach and senior vice president of basketball operations with the team last week.
July 1, 2013 |
1. Doc Rivers has already proved to be worth giving up that draft pick. Paul got his coach, and the Clippers got their franchise player. It's that simple. So what if the first-round draft pick the Clippers must surrender in 2015 turns out to be a good player? The Clippers could have made their first trip to the Finals by then. And that pick could be playing for the last-place Celtics. 2. Clippers executives can celebrate for five minutes and then it's back to work. Paul's return to the Clippers has been a done deal for some time now, so let's not go overboard with the parties.
May 24, 2012 |
The San Antonio Spurs swept the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals, but there was no love lost between Tim Duncan and Chris Paul. After the Spurs closed the series, Duncan walked down the hall to say hello to Paul and his 2-year-old son, Chris. Paul prompts little Chris to tell Duncan where he wants to go to college. "To my birthday," little Chris said. Paul then helps his son out. "Wake Forest," he said. After little Chris repeated his father's words, Duncan, a Wake Forest alumni, flashed a huge smile.
March 12, 2014 |
Clippers guard Chris Paul, despite dealing with a right groin injury that he suffered during the game Monday night against the Phoenix Suns, said he will play Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. “I'll be there,” Paul said after the Clippers' shoot-around Wednesday morning. Paul felt some discomfort in the fourth quarter against the Suns. He returned to the locker room and got treatment. Paul finished playing that game. “It scared me a little bit the other night,” Paul said.
January 5, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant, void of nagging injuries for the first time in a few seasons, seems to have found new spring in his legs and showed the Clippers his dunking ability Friday night. It came without the aid of a lob. Against Clippers point guard Chris Paul. The Lakers' All-Star guard, now in his 17th season, deflected a pass by Paul near the free-throw line, tracked it down along the sideline and went the length of the court before throwing down a one-handed dunk over Paul. You can see it all unfold in the video above.