March 1, 2014 |
It really is a bizarro world among L.A.'s NBA teams when you consider that nearly four years ago, Clippers fans marched outside Staples Center proclaiming unrequited love for free agent LeBron James as the Lakers shrugged on their way to another title. Now it's the free-falling Lakers who are pining for James while the Clippers roll their eyes amid their latest free-agent acquisition. Former All-Star forward Danny Granger became a Clipper on Friday, only a few days after Glen " Big Baby " Davis opted to do the same despite ample opportunities to play elsewhere.
February 19, 2014 |
The Lakers began their rebuilding process Wednesday, sending versatile veteran guard Steve Blake to Golden State, The Times has learned. The Lakers received young, seldom-used shooting guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks in return for Blake. The deal saves the Lakers almost $1 million in salary the rest of the season and about $3 million in luxury taxes. Blake seemed stunned by the trade, which was finalized a little more than an hour before the Lakers played the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.
February 15, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - The kids are taking over the place. You can't toss a string of beads in the French Quarter this weekend without hitting a wide-eyed NBA All-Star. The festivities have become one extended Rising Stars Challenge between the six players making their All-Star game debuts Sunday at the Smoothie King Center and the five back for a second appearance. At 20, Anthony Davis can't even enjoy one of those oversized fruity alcoholic drinks so popular on Bourbon Street. Generation Next includes first-timers Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall, Paul Millsap and Davis in addition to second-time participants Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
January 30, 2014 |
The Western Conference coaches rendered a split decision Thursday on the Clippers when it came to selecting All-Star reserves: Chris Paul was in, DeAndre Jordan was out. The coaches picked Paul to play in the All-Star game Feb. 16 in New Orleans but left out Jordan despite lobbying by Clippers Coach Doc Rivers for inclusion of the NBA's leading rebounder. Paul has not played since Jan. 3 because of a separated right shoulder that was expected to sideline him for six weeks, but he indicated Thursday that he intended to participate alongside teammate Blake Griffin, who had already been selected a West starter in fan voting.
January 23, 2014 |
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was elected by fans to his 16th All-Star game, second-most in NBA history, and Clippers forward Blake Griffin was also named Thursday as a starter for the Western Conference. But it was somewhat of a surprise that Clippers point guard Chris Paul, a six-time All Star, wasn't voted in as a starter for the West team. He was beaten out by Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors' sharpshooting guard, who received 1,047,281 votes to make his first All-Star team, and Bryant, who received 988,884 votes.
January 22, 2014 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chris Paul casually walked up to a basket during the Clippers' shoot-around Wednesday morning and took a left-handed shot, smiling as the ball floated toward the rim, his teammates laughing at his attempt. It was clear from that shot that Paul still hasn't healed from the right shoulder separation that has put him out of commission since Jan. 3. But Paul was back with his teammates on the road for the first time since the Clippers left Jan. 16, back wearing workout gear even if he knows he won't be playing.