November 1, 2009 |
Kobe Bryant was front and center in the Clippers' locker room on Saturday night before their game against the Mavericks. Not literally, but you get the idea. The Clippers were watching the tape of the Mavericks' victory over the Lakers on Friday and a frustrated-looking Bryant loomed large. At the same time, new Clipper Kareem Rush was reminiscing about his former teammate, telling stories about Bryant's legendary work habits, including arriving at the gym at 6 a.m. His duties as a Lakers rookie once included taking care of Bryant's laundry, and staying out of his way as much as possible.
March 22, 2013 |
There was excitement in Eric Bledsoe's voice. Bledsoe was excited because the sore left calf muscle that kept him out of the Clippers' last five games didn't give him any pain when he was finally able to practice Friday. He wasn't ready to declare himself ready to play Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center, saying that "I want to" and that "we'll see. " Officially, the Clippers said Bledsoe is a game-time decision. "Yeah, I'm feeling good," Bledsoe said.
March 27, 2013 |
- Clippers forward Lamar Odom was booed by the Dallas Mavericks fans when he checked into the game in the first quarter He was booed when he took the ball out of bounds, when he first touched the ball on offense and when he shot the ball. Odom had spent a horrible 2011-12 season playing for the Mavericks. He was playing here for the first time since he was sent away last April, and the fans were letting their feelings be known. The fans booed even when Odom wasn't in the game and his face was shown on the video screen.
January 2, 2013
OAKLAND - Clippers forward Caron Butler did not play Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors because of personal reasons, the team announced. Butler was not with the team but is expected to be back for the game Friday night against the Lakers at Staples Center in the Clippers' designated home game. Matt Barnes , who was averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds, started at small forward in place of Butler. Butler was averaging 10.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 31 starts.
March 26, 2012 |
Blake Griffin plays a physical game, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro admits, but Griffin has been pushed around by opponents. At some point, it was suggested to Del Negro, it would seem the 6-foot-10, 251-pound Griffin has to stand up for himself. Just last Thursday night, New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith shoved Griffin to the court. Smith was issued a flagrant-two foul, ejected from the game and was suspended two games by the NBA. Smith missed his final game against the Clippers on Monday night.
October 19, 2012 |
After a disastrous season with the Dallas Mavericks, former Lakers star Lamar Odom is back in town with a new team: the Los Angeles Clippers. That's not all that's new: Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian, the stars of E!'s reality show "Khloe & Lamar," just announced their new holiday fragrance "Unbreakable Joy. " The timing of the announcement is a bit off, since there's not much joy for Odom so far with the Clippers. He may have "Unbreakable Joy," but he's not exactly breaking a sweat on the basketball court.
November 15, 2010 |
Lasting image of a Clippers season: Chris Kaman limping off the court with a sprained left ankle in New Orleans. Kaman's house of pain quickly expanded to a world of hurt for the Clippers, who dropped that game against the Hornets last Tuesday and went on to lose the next night at San Antonio and at home Friday against Detroit. Unfortunately, for Kaman, there is no fast-track healing process for an ankle. "Not really much else I can do ? can't heal it overnight," Kaman said before Monday night's game against the New Jersey Nets.
December 8, 2009 |
Clippers center Chris Kaman had too much energy to sleep. But he didn't have enough energy to stay active and avoid lying around at home watching his DVD collection. Kaman had enough energy to remain on the team's active roster. But he didn't have enough energy to replicate the string of seven consecutive games earlier this season in which he scored at least 20 points. Kaman missed practice Nov. 12, but it wasn't until two weeks ago during a doctor's visit when he discovered why he felt listless: doctors diagnosed he was deficient in Vitamin D, which increases the flow of calcium into the bloodstream and helps prevent bones from becoming brittle.
January 29, 2014 |
Doc Rivers' message had a nice ring to it: Vote for D.J. The Clippers coach said Wednesday he had lobbied his fellow Western Conference coaches to cast an All-Star vote for center DeAndre Jordan , who has become one of the game's elite big men in his sixth NBA season. "I got a great response," Rivers said, "but that's why you go under a curtain and you vote for real because [they say], 'Yeah, I'm going to vote for him' and then they [pull] that other lever. " The coaches will select the seven reserves from the West who will be announced Thursday afternoon on TNT: three frontcourt players, two backcourt players and two wild-card players from any position.
December 12, 2012 |
Sam Bowie is probably best known for being drafted ahead of Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft. Bowie was chosen by Portland with the second overall pick, one spot ahead of Jordan. Bowie broke his left leg in 1985 and had, at best, a disappointing NBA career. Jordan went on the become the greatest player in NBA history. Bowie missed two seasons at Kentucky because of leg injuries but had a strong final season. Of course, if the Trail Blazers had known the day of the draft that Bowie still had a bum leg, they never would have taken him. But who knew?