February 11, 2010 |
This was supposed to be the weekend that Los Angeles solidified its status as a hoops haven, with Kobe Bryant leading the West All-Stars to victory, and Blake Griffin dunking on somebody in the rookie game. What's that? Bryant will miss the main event and Griffin isn't even playing? Well, there's always Lakers forward Pau Gasol playing as a reserve in Sunday's All-Star game, plus his teammate, Shannon Brown, competing in the dunk contest Saturday night. And Clippers fans can root for first-time All-Star center Chris Kaman, and for shooting guard Eric Gordon, who will play for the sophomore team in the rookie challenge game Friday and compete in a halftime dunk contest against Toronto's DeMar DeRozan.
March 13, 2012 |
Neil Olshey has listened to everyone clamoring for the Clippers to make a move before Thursday's noon (PST) trade deadline in an attempt to stop the team's current slide. The Clippers' vice president of basketball operations has heard from his coaching staff, the team's fans and media, all of them stressing the need to acquire a player in the wake of Chauncey Billups' season-ending Achilles' tendon injury that appears to have shaken the team. Olshey is making and taking phone calls from other general managers.
March 1, 2011 |
Who needs practice anyway? It's not as though one of the newest Clippers will have a choice. Point guard Mo Williams will end up playing two games for the Clippers without completing a full official practice. The delay in making his trade official allowed him to participate only in Monday's shoot-around in Sacramento. And his sprained ankle from the Kings game kept him out of Tuesday's practice at the Clippers' training facility. Nevertheless, Williams will play Wednesday night against Houston and it looks as though it will be alongside shooting guard Eric Gordon.
January 23, 2010 |
Attempting to fill a sudden, and big, void in the backcourt, the Clippers went to Springfield (Mass.) of the D-League, signing guard JamesOn Curry on Friday to a 10-day contract. To accommodate that roster move, the Clippers waived the injured Kareem Rush , who suffered a season-ending torn knee ligament on Nov. 17 and required surgery. They needed to make a quick decision -- coming after the first game of a seven-game trip -- because of injuries to shooting guard Eric Gordon (sprained big toe on his left foot)
July 5, 2012 |
This all started back in April, when LaMarcus Aldridge's right hip stopped cooperating. It was a non-issue for USA Basketball, which wanted the All-Star power forward for the Olympics in London but still had numerous post players on its list. That list, which once had 16 centers and power forwards, is now down to four. Maybe five. The Olympics are three weeks away. How'd it happen? Lots of injuries and some rushed choices in order to beat roster deadlines. Aldridge, Dwight Howard (back)
December 2, 2008 |
Caution was the mode of operation Monday at practice, and if history is a proper guide, that's the way it should be around Clippers headquarters. Rookie shooting guard Eric Gordon, who has started to emerge in a big way since Cuttino Mobley was traded to the New York Knicks, came out of the Miami game late in the third quarter Saturday and did not return. A day later, he thought his sore right hamstring was better, but Gordon asked to come out of practice Monday after playing half-court.
March 10, 2011 |
Maybe it's because he has four youngsters ? all boys ? that Mo Williams has made a nearly seamless transition, crossing over from glory days and despair in Cleveland straight into the cartoon-watching, video game-playing Clippers' locker room. The Clippers are 4-1 since Williams stepped on the court, making his debut in Sacramento on Feb. 28. That doesn't tell the whole story: Two victories, and most of the third one, were without injured shooting guard Eric Gordon. Not only have the Clippers struggled in a major way whenever Gordon has been absent in the last two seasons, they were even more confounded on the road this season.
February 26, 2011 |
They came home from that long-and-winding journey through the wilderness and made a discovery, peeling away a layer or two: The road had followed the Clippers home. The Celtics grabbed Staples Center and claimed it as their own, boosted by a loud, pro-Boston crowd. Then they seized the Clippers, shook them around and rattled them in the third quarter and went on to win, 99-92, on Saturday night. Blake Griffin had 21 points and 11 rebounds for his 50th double-double of the season, guard Randy Foye scored 32 and Chris Kaman had his best offensive output since returning from his lingering ankle injury, playing nearly 27 minutes.
November 23, 2009 |
Moving toward an actual good news day for the Clippers . . . incrementally. They are coming off Friday's inspiring seven-point victory against a Western Conference power, Denver. And, on Sunday, shooting guard Eric Gordon was finally able to scrimmage with his teammates, taking part in almost all of the practice. Gordon, the team's second-leading scorer, has been out for seven straight games with a strained left groin, getting injured Nov. 7 against Memphis. He ruled out returning today against Minnesota but he left open the possibility of coming back against Indiana on Wednesday, which, incidentally, would be in his hometown of Indianapolis.
October 21, 2010 |
And so, the NBA's work schedule is only days away from officially starting and the chief starts talking about future wage cuts. Not just by 10%, either. How about in the neighborhood of 35% to 38%? That was, more or less, what happened Thursday in the NBA. Commissioner David Stern told reporters that the league would be seeking a cut in player income anywhere from $750 million to $800 million. This was after an owners meeting in New York. "There's a lot of negotiations that are going on, and I don't really know how it's going to end up," the Clippers' Chris Kaman said Thursday.