June 15, 2013 |
The Clippers' coaching carousel took many turns this week, as the team interviewed three candidates for their opening, while a fourth coach — Doc Rivers — popped up high on their wish list, said several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Clippers began by interviewing Indiana associate head coach Brian Shaw on Monday. On Tuesday, the Clippers' front office interviewed former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, followed by former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, who was in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday.
June 12, 2013 |
Is Doc Rivers available to coach another team? That seems to be the $21-million question being asked around the NBA on Wednesday about the Boston Celtics coach. There are two things that are for sure. If Rivers decides he doesn't want to coach in Boston anymore, the Clippers would be interested in him and he would become their No. 1 choice, said several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The other thing is that the Clippers have not been actively pursuing Rivers, nor have they ever asked the Celtics for permission to speak with the coach, according to an executive.
June 3, 2013 |
Though Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins said he was stunned that the Grizzlies had granted him permission to speak with other teams, his representatives Monday began seeking a job for him by calling the Clippers, according to two NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Hollins and his agent, Warren LeGarie, wanted Clippers officials to know that Hollins is interested in their opening, one executive said. They were waiting for the Clippers' front office to hear back from owner Donald Sterling before any decisions could be made, the executive said.
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.
May 28, 2013 |
The firing of Vinny Del Negro remains troublesome. The obvious involvement of Chris Paul remains perplexing. Both are class people, the kind with whom you'd enjoy sharing dinner and talking about books and family. Both worked hard for an entire season and, collectively, fell short of their goal. The Clippers' first-round loss to Memphis in the NBA playoffs didn't cut it for either. But clearly the player had all the leverage over the coach. Clippers owner Donald Sterling did everything but confirm that scenario when he told The Times' T.J. Simers that "you have to keep the players happy.
May 24, 2013
Donald Sterling might be considered by some the worst owner in the history of professional sports, but it sure is refreshing to hear someone admit that in the NBA the inmates really do run the asylum. Richard Johnson Los Angeles :: Broderick Turner writes: "Front office to compile a list of coaching candidates, vet them, narrow the list down and then give the names to owner Donald Sterling. " Why not save time and just give the names to Chris Paul? Jack Wishard Los Angeles :: Three questions: (1)
May 21, 2013 |
Why mess with success when you have known only defeat previously? The Clippers sold out 94 straight games with Vinny Del Negro as coach, won the franchise's first Pacific Division title and then decided to not bring back the winningest coach in Los Angeles Clippers history. I called the Clippers, asked for PR, got transferred to a machine, and when I called back and asked for a live person, I got transferred to another machine. Four more times. Maybe they fired the PR guys as well as the coach.
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.
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January 3, 2013 |
Scott Sterling, the son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, was found dead in his Malibu home in what authorities said Wednesday appeared to be some type of drug overdose. The Sterling family released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that Scott Sterling, 32, was suffering from diabetes. "Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes," the statement read. "His death is a terrible tragedy, the effects of which will be felt forever by our family and all those who knew and loved him. We sincerely appreciate the warm outpouring of sympathy and support from so many of our dear friends.