December 7, 1991 |
Flu victim Doc Rivers was sick at halftime and fell asleep in the Clippers' locker room. He tried to watch the overtime from the sideline but lasted only a few minutes before heading back inside. "I could hear the announcer," Rivers said. "It was really neat to hear 'Grant for three' and 'Grant for two.' I could tell by the crowd noise how things were going. There wasn't too much at the end of OT. That was a great sound--the quiet."
October 30, 2013 |
OAKLAND - The Lakers have won once and lost once, but there's a thread connecting both games this season. Opposing coaches keep lining up to praise Kobe Bryant . They're probably thankful he's not playing, but they still kiss his five championship rings while talking with reporters beforehand. Golden State Coach Mark Jackson called Bryant "legendary" and then admitted something unusual before the Warriors' victory Wednesday over the Lakers. Bryant, coincidentally, sustained a torn Achilles' tendon against the Warriors last April.
July 4, 2013
The Boston Celtics keep getting younger — on the coaching staff as well as the court. Less than a week after agreeing to trade Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets — and 10 days after shipping coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers — the Celtics on Wednesday hired Butler's Brad Stevens as their next head coach. Stevens, 36, twice led the Bulldogs to the NCAA title game but has no NBA experience as a player or coach. "Brad and I share a lot of the same values," Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge said in a release.
October 29, 2013 |
Doc Rivers doesn't need to turn on his GPS just yet. That Clippers' championship parade route he talked about plotting Tuesday may not be ready to be taken any time soon, even as a psychological ploy. Not when your presumed Finals contender can't navigate the Lakers without Kobe Bryant. Not when your team of All-Stars is beaten largely by a who's-nobody collection of Xavier Henry, Jodie Meeks and Wesley Johnson. BOX SCORE: Lakers 116, Clippers 103 A few hours before the Clippers' flop of an opener, Rivers had boldly talked about taking the Clippers where no coach had before, about figuring out the smartest way to navigate the streets around Staples Center come June.
June 27, 1991 |
Draft day became a labor day for the Clippers, who Wednesday made seven personnel decisions and finally traded for a veteran point guard, a move months in the making. An expected three-way deal with Atlanta and Denver broke down when the Clippers pulled out rather than wait until the draft started at about 4:30 p.m. PDT.
November 27, 2013 |
The Clippers won their first Pacific Division championship last season. They won a franchise-best 17 consecutive games and had a franchise-best 56-26 record. But the Clippers lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Memphis Grizzlies, ending the season in failure. Doc Rivers, who was coaching the Boston Celtics last season, said the Clippers learned that falling short of goals can be a difficult thing to deal with. "They had all the highlights and all the attention," Rivers said.
June 25, 2013 |
Dwyane Wade's 10-year-old son, Zaire Wade, seems to have inherited much of his father's basketball skills. How much? So much that the fifth-grader feels comfortable trash talking his pop, who just won his third NBA title with the Miami Heat last week. The day after getting dunked on by Chicago's Taj Gibson last month, the elder Wade described his ever-compassionate son's reaction on Twitter: I had 2 laugh at ths..I was playing my oldest son Zaire on his nerf rim & he dunked & said Gibson while screaming..L2MS Kids u gotta luv em - THREE (@DwyaneWade)
June 30, 2013 |
All early indications Sunday were that Chris Paul was going to re-sign with the Clippers. The Clippers' plan is to offer Paul a maximum five-year deal worth $107.3 million when the free-agency period opens at 9:01 p.m. Sunday night. Paul, an unrestricted free agent, can agree to the deal tonight, but he can't sign a contract until the NBA lifts its moratorium on July 10. Doc Rivers, the Clippers' new coach and senior vice president of basketball operations, plans to be at Paul's home Sunday night right when the free-agency period opens, said NBA executives who weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.