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July 5, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
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)
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July 2, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
In 1999, Lamar Odom was drafted by the Clippers, a 19-year-old player out of Rhode Island by way of Queens, N.Y. In 2012, Odom has found his way back to the Clippers, returning after he was acquired from the Dallas Mavericks on Friday in a four-team trade that sent Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz. “It feels great to be back in L.A.,” Odom said Monday at his news conference at the Clippers' facility in Playa Vista. “It feels great to be back in a Clippers uniform. It's like déjà vu all over again.
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July 1, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
While the Clippers continued putting the final details on a contract extension for Blake Griffin, they spent Sunday on the phone talking to the representatives of their own and other free agents. The Clippers offered Griffin a five-year, $95-million extension when the free-agency period began Saturday night. Though the team has been given every indication that Griffin will agree to the deal, the Clippers and the All-Star power forward's agent are working on finalizing things. Griffin, who will make $7.2 million next season, can negotiate a five-year deal with an opt-out clause after the fourth season or he can get a four-year deal and get the opt-out clause after three seasons.
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June 28, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers spent most of Thursday trying to trade their way into the first round but ended up almost where they started in the NBA draft. They moved up slightly by spending about $500,000 to acquire Darius Johnson-Odomfrom the Dallas Mavericks, who took the Marquette guard with the 55th pick. The Lakers then selected Gonzaga center Robert Sacre with the draft's 60th and final pick. They dangled Pau Gasol in an attempt to get into the draft's first few picks but came away empty.
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June 28, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
A selection-by-selection look at the 2012 NBA draft: No. 1 New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, 6-11, 222, Kentucky, power forward Davis knew he would be the No. 1 pick before it was determined which team would get the selection. He is the centerpiece of New Orleans' attempt to revive the team without Chris Paul. While Davis needs to add muscle and develop in the post, he is a long, athletic wing player who is a very talented rebounder and shot blocker. He can defend multiple positions and is a very tough player.
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May 23, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
Listen to what Chris Paul offered as a key step for the Clippers to improve next season after a successful 2011-12 campaign. "First of all, I know one thing that can get us better is I have to get better," Paul, a first-team NBA all-defensive selection, said Monday. "It starts with each one of us individually. " Translation: There are times when the best improvements a team can make come from within. That means every player taking stock in his physical condition, and to be ready when training camp begins in October.
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May 22, 2012
The comparisons between Devin Ebanks and Trevor Ariza never end. They look alike. They both have unassuming personalities. In separate seasons, the Lakers appreciated their respective growth at small forward. Yet, as Ebanks becomes an restricted free agent this summer, his agent wants him to avoid the same fate that befell Ariza. The Lakers allowed Ariza to walk as a free agent in 2009 to the Houston Rockets in what essentially became a swap for Ron Artest. Since then, Ariza has toiled with the Rockets and the New Orleans Hornets, who finished last in the Western Conference this season "I don't really hear much about him anymore," said David Bauman, Ebanks' agent, of Ariza in a phone interview with The Times.
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April 16, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
The versatility of Nick Young has allowed Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro to use him at shooting guard and small forward. Young is a natural shooting guard, but with Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe getting a lot of the time as the reserve guards, Del Negro increasingly has used Young to back up small forward Caron Butler . "I noticed once Mo came back, Vinny's been wanting a little bit more scoring off the bench," Young said....
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April 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions had 6.6 seconds remaining in the first half to make something happen. Plenty of time. Sessions inbounded the ball to Pau Gasol, who gave it right back to Sessions, who sprinted from one end of the court to the other and made a layup with 1.8 seconds left. "That was in seventh or eighth gear," Sessions said. "I pulled it all out. " Sessions finished the Lakers' 120-112 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors with a season-high 23 points on seven-of-10 shooting and nine assists.
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March 31, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
He could let the pressure of an uncertain future control his emotions, but Randy Foye won't succumb to those forces. Instead, the Clippers shooting guard said he will play the game he loves as he always has - with passion, joy and all out - and let everything work itself out. This is the final year of a contract that pays him $4.250 million. One would think Foye would be worried about how he performs during a contract year. "Naw, I try not to. Not at all," Foye said.
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