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 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.
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.
February 12, 2010 |
All the will-he-or-won't-he chatter was rendered moot Thursday when the NBA announced that Kobe Bryant would not play in the All-Star game because of a sprained left ankle. The Lakers guard will be replaced by Dallas veteran Jason Kidd, further diminishing the appeal of a weekend in which Southern California fans had hoped Bryant would lead the West All-Stars to victory and Blake Griffin would dunk on some second-year player's head. Well, there's always Lakers guard Shannon Brown competing in the dunk contest.
November 5, 2004 |
How do you blow a 22-point lead? Watch. The Clippers are proving capable of blowing all varieties of leads -- big, medium and small -- in excruciating and creative ways. This time, the meltdown came early, not late. The Clippers had a 22-point lead dwindle to nine by the end of the first half, and vanish by the start of the fourth quarter. Which turned the final 12 minutes into a genuine cliff-hanger. Not quite all of it. The Clippers didn't score in the final 6:58, as the Raptors won, 104-89, Friday night at Staples Center.
February 3, 2010 |
Chris Kaman wants to sleep in his own bed. His ankle hurts and his team has been on the road for two weeks, suffering meltdowns in single-digit locales such as Minnesota and Cleveland. So what transpired Tuesday night at the United Center made it feel like sweet home Chicago for the 7-footer. The Clippers center notched a double-double in his return from a sprained left ankle and helped his team stifle the Chicago Bulls during a 90-82 victory that ended a losing streak at four games.
January 28, 2010 |
The New Jersey Nets, they have issues. There's an ownership in transition, an unsettled arena situation and a roster that could be described as short-handed even when every player is available. The Nets recently completed a 0-4 trip in which the losses came by a combined 100 points. They returned home Wednesday night only to have two starters sidelined because of various ailments. And still, they beat the Clippers. The team that remains on pace to compile the worst record in NBA history outplayed the Clippers in every facet during a 103-87 triumph at IZOD Center that Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy described as "absolutely our worst loss of the season."
December 1, 2011 |
The phone calls began at 6 a.m. PST Wednesday, all of them giving Neil Olshey a positive vibe about where the Clippers stand as a potential destination for free agents. It was easy for Olshey, the team's vice president of basketball operations, to figure out why players are interested in joining the Clippers, something he said has "escalated exponentially since this time last season. " They have seen the emergence of All-Star forward Blake Griffin. They have seen the play of shooting guard Eric Gordon, the young and talented roster, the new practice facility, the sunshine and blue sky in Los Angeles and the money the Clippers have to spend.
February 21, 2011 |
Mysteries are all well and good ? just not in the NBA. With only 26 games left in the season, it's still hard to really know about the Clippers' true abilities and chemistry because so many key players have been sidelined. Immediate clarity remains elusive because their leading scorer, shooting guard Eric Gordon, did not make the trip Monday to Oklahoma City. He stayed home to get treatment on his injured but improving right wrist, which has kept him sidelined since Jan. 22. But Clippers forward Craig Smith, out for two months because of a herniated disk in his lower back, could play Tuesday against the Thunder.
September 27, 2010 |
Diet guru Jenny Craig's number is not on speed dial over at Clippers headquarters. The Clippers, who will hold their first practice on Tuesday, aren't alarmed about the fitness level of Baron Davis , a onetime pitchman for Craig. You might call it measured concern. That was the newsworthy point Monday, along with valid issues of two players recovering from knee surgery ( Randy Foye and Craig Smith ) and keeping Blake Griffin from pushing too hard, too fast and not letting shooting guard Eric Gordon burn out. New Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro wasn't even five minutes into his first session with reporters at media day when he expressed concern about the shape of the veteran point guard, Davis.