The Clippers can't even suck up right.
As Free Agency began, the Clippers sent out a press release to their fans to inform them that they have reached out to various free agents. Fair enough. A little unnecessary, and kind of a goof move if your pitch doesn't land anyone, but hey. But then there's the language. Via Clippers press release (bold mine for emphasis):
“We are perfectly positioned to engage this summer’s free agent marketplace and we have every intention of playing an active role. A little after midnight eastern time on July 1, we contacted the representatives of several free agent players in whom we have interest.”
“We are honored to be one of the select organizations to have been invited to meet with LeBron James and his team. At that time, we intend to present the many reasons why his joining our organization is the best possible choice he could make .”
“Key among those reasons is our extraordinary nucleus of players. We have a core group in place which is made up of talented players at every position, a component which would prove attractive to any free agent. “
As events unfold and in accordance with NBA rules, the Clippers will provide updates as necessary.
Now, I get that this is what you're supposed to do, kneel at the feet of the King. But really, Clippers? You felt the need to send out a press release telling everyone that you're "honored" to meet with LeBron? You should have actually referred to him as "the King". Or "our liege." "My lord" may be going too far, but you're already halfway there.
What's best about this is the approach they're taking and how delusional they must be in this scenario. The Kings and Grizzlies have cap space. They're not pitching LeBron. You know why? They know they won't have a chance and have better ways to spend their resources. But the Clippers instead have elected to say the following:
"Yo, LeBron! You should totally come to the Clippers, man! We've got:
1. An exciting group of players including the top overall rookie in 2009 who hasn't played a single game for us despite being drafted last year.
2. No coach, whatsoever!
3. One of the most inconsistent, injury prone point guards you'll ever see in the league, and we've got his contract for several more years!
4. An undersized shooting guard who's pretty good!
5. Chris Kaman!"
Somehow I imagine that the King didn't feel nearly as "honored" to extend the invitation, but he is listening to all offers. As long as they're in a major market.
I sincerely hope the Clippers extend a similar email for when they meet with Richard Jefferson.