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.
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.
June 15, 2011 |
Twelve men in search of a basketball court. Or something along those lines. With an expected NBA lockout looming, Clippers point guard Mo Williams was already planning for the future the other day, suggesting a solution for the (potentially) homeless NBAers He teased Neil Olshey, the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations, saying that they should just leave the door unlocked at the team's fancy Playa Vista headquarters. The players could sneak in under the cover of night, do their work and leave.
February 16, 2011 |
Considering all of it ? the rust and rest ? Chris Kaman played well defensively in his first game since Dec. 5. Kaman, who had been out because of an injured left ankle, played nine minutes and had four points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in the Clippers' 98-90 victory against Minnesota on Wednesday. "I just wanted to come out, be patient, take my time," Kaman said. "I rushed a couple of shots but other than that, I was pretty patient and careful to make the right moves, the right plays.
October 28, 2009 |
Where Amazin' didn't happen . . . This was supposed to be the NBA regular-season debut for one Blake Griffin, also fondly called Amazin' by his admiring Clippers teammates for his self-generated, live-action hoop highlights. Granted, it was always going to be a tough task to compete with the emotion of the Lakers' ring ceremony Tuesday night at Staples Center. But the news that the dynamic Clippers rookie power forward had a stress fracture of his left kneecap and could be out for up to six weeks deflated his teammates and the organization.
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.
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.
February 4, 2012 |
Another Cuban crisis Mark Cuban is back. The Dallas Mavericks owner who had been strangely restrained with his comments going back to last season's championship run lashed out at officials Wednesday for what he considered a rash of bad calls in the lockout-shortened season. "These were officials that have been part of the league for years, and it was just off-the-charts bad," Cuban told ESPNDallas.com after Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle had been ejected following a pair of fourth-quarter technical fouls in a loss to Oklahoma City.
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)
January 24, 2011 |
Without prize shooting guard Eric Gordon , the road-challenged Clippers this week could be facing their most difficult test of the season. And that's really saying something, considering the first half has been checkered with misfortune, most of it injury-related. Gordon, who has been bedeviled by a variety of injuries the last few days, did not fly with the Clippers on Monday for the start of a two-game trip in Texas. They play the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday and the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.