October 28, 2012 |
It's the most anticipated NBA season in Los Angeles history, so what are we waiting for? Oct. 30 -- The Lakers defeat the Dallas Mavericks by 55 points in the season opener. At least, this is the rumor. Nobody actually sees the game after it is revealed that Time Warner not only bought the Lakers' cable rights, but the live rights, meaning the entire home season will take place in Jim Buss' backyard while the neighbors are charged $3.95 per peek. Oct. 31 -- The Clippers defeat the Memphis Grizzlies by 55 points in the season opener.
October 26, 2012 |
They had the look of a Clippers team that's ready for the real season to begin. They played their final exhibition game like a Clippers team intent on showing the Denver Nuggets that L.A. will be a serious team to deal with in the Western Conference. With five players scoring in double figures and two others one point shy, the Clippers wrapped up their exhibition season with a 106-94 victory over Denver on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center. On Wednesday night, the real season begins for the Clippers when they play the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center in the regular-season opener for both teams.
October 17, 2012 |
In two weeks, the Clippers will open the regular season after training camp and the dress rehearsals of exhibitions are over. After the first 2 1/2 weeks of practices and three exhibitions, at least in the eyes of guard Chris Paul, the Clippers have made the right strides to be ready for that Oct. 31 game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. "I think we're right where we need to be," Paul said after practice Tuesday. "We never want to peak too early. We're showing a lot of good signs in a few areas, but we still need a lot of work in other areas.
July 18, 2012 |
The Clippers continued to put together an impressive roster, getting free-agent forward Grant Hill to agree to join the team Tuesday, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Clippers still are working out the details on a two-year deal for the 6-foot-8 forward, but it's expected to be done soon. The Clippers could use the biannual exception that's a maximum two-year deal for $3.875 million on Hill. Or they could use the veteran's minimum that would be $1.3 million for a player such as Hill, who has 17 years of experience.
July 6, 2012 |
If there was any doubt that the Clippers remain serious about changing the culture of their franchise, perhaps they put it to rest Thursday. Free-agent guard Jamal Crawford agreed to a contract with the Clippers and the team reached a deal to re-sign veteran Chauncey Billups, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the situation. The deals will fill holes in the Clippers' backcourt. The Clippers used their full mid-level exception to offer the 6-foot-5 Crawford a four-year deal worth $21.7 million.
April 29, 2012 |
On one Los Angeles street corner, an NBA team is so giddy about the postseason, their players are growing unity beards. On another Los Angeles street corner, an NBA team is under so much pressure their hair is falling out. In one practice gym, surviving the first round would be a success. In another practice gym, anything less than surviving all of May would be a failure. In one Staples Center locker room this week, the Clippers are dancing into the playoffs with their best team in history and nothing to lose.