November 10, 2012 |
IT'S TIME TO CHANGE AMERICA 1. MIAMI (5-1) Best home start in franchise history marred by obnoxious player intros. (1) 2. SAN ANTONIO (6-1) It must be early in season if Gregg Popovich smiles in media session. (3) 3. OKLAHOMA CITY (4-2) “60 Minutes” looking into whether Harden given 1 hour to accept offer. (2) 4. CLIPPERS (4-2) These guys would beat Harlem Globetrotters, lose to Washington Generals. (4) YES WE CAN 5. BOSTON (3-3) Back on the upswing after hitting Shamrock bottom.
November 4, 2012 |
Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum after scoring three points on one-for-11 shooting during a 106-92 loss to Oklahoma City: "This is the worst shooting night in my life … and when I don't have my shot, I stop playing. It's my biggest weakness. I've got to work on that. And I have to realize the game is different this year for me. It's not about my contract - I don't care about that - it's about my teammates. If I play good tonight, we win the game. That's on me. " Troy Murphy after signing a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks two games into the season: "I haven't practiced or anything.
November 3, 2012 |
PORTLAND, Ore. — For decades, leaving the Clippers was something that could be done with a smile. Neil Olshey made parting ways with the longtime laughingstock a joyless endeavor. Particularly for himself. Olshey fashioned the Clippers into a sail-worthy franchise after eons spent adrift. He orchestrated the most significant trade in team history by acquiring Chris Paul. He also helped assemble a core poised for sustained success, an elusive concept for a franchise that has made the playoffs eight times in its 42-year history.
September 4, 2012 |
Three months and several candidates later, the Clippers have a vice president of basketball operations. Introductions won't be necessary in the team's Playa Vista offices. The Clippers promoted longtime team executive Gary Sacks on Tuesday to fill the position vacated in June when Neil Olshey departed to become general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers. Sacks is entering his 19th season with the team, having served as director of player personnel for the last two seasons.
July 10, 2012 |
For years, it was an organization defined by a crazy owner, his careless vision and caustic misfortune. For years, even during their rare brushes with success, they were viewed not as an actual basketball team, but as a comedic product of a strange man's obsession, a parlor trick trotted out 82 times a years to entertain family and friends. They were never just "The Clippers," right? They were always, "Donald Sterling's Clippers," with that villainous prefix defining their perception and determining their future.
June 25, 2012 |
Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, lost in the first round Monday to Elena Vesnina of Russia, 6-1, 6-3. Williams, who is ranked 58th in the world, was able to break Vesnina's serve only once. Vesnina, who is ranked 78th, broke Williams' serve five times. It was Williams' earliest loss since her first Wimbledon appearance 15 years ago. Williams suffers from the autoimmune disease Sjogren's syndrome, which can cause extreme fatigue and joint pain. When asked Monday whether she'll continue to play after the Olympics in London next month, Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, remained optimistic.