Tag:Los Angeles Clippers
Posted on: March 20, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 3:25 pm

Suns G Brooks suspended for throwing ball at ref

Phoenix Suns guard Aaron Brooks has been suspended for throwing a ball at an NBA official. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Phoenix Suns guard Aaron Brooks is developing quite the reputation for anger management issues this season. He stormed off the court after an argument with former coach Rick Adelman, he attempted to pick a fight with Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and now, humorously, he chucked a basketball at an NBA official for no apparent reason, drawing a one-game suspension from the NBA. 

The league announced the suspension in a release on Sunday.
Brooks  has  been  suspended one game without pay for throwing a ball at an official  and  striking  him  in  the leg.  The incident occurred with 7:46 remaining  in the fourth period of the Suns’ 108-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.
Brooks will serve his suspension today in Los Angeles when the Suns play the Los Angeles Clippers in a 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT game at the Staples Center.
With the Suns leading the Golden State Warriors by double-digits in the fourth quarter, Brooks drives into the paint in transition, looking to draw contact. Warriors guard Monta Ellis backs off and Brooks careens out of control as Warriors forward Lou Amundson attempts to reach in and steal the ball from behind. Brooks falls to the court and out of bounds and the baseline referee makes no foul call. Instead, he begins to signal that it will be Warriors ball. Without hesitation, Brooks fires the ball, from the ground, at the official, nailing him in the leg. Brooks was immediately whistled for a technical foul on the play.

Here's a look at the hilarious exchange via YouTube user SBNationArizona.

Posted on: March 19, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2011 4:38 pm

Man on the court (pregame) at Staples with knife

Posted by Royce Young

Via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal: "Just arriving at Staples Center to an apparent security breach. Man was on court with a knife, cops on court with guns drawn."

“He was talking a lot of jibberish, making a lot of veiled threats and nobody could understand him,” said Lee Zeidman, general manager of Staples Center. “”A lot of vulgarity, a lot of statements that didn’t make any sense. We quite frankly don’t understand why he tried to do this.”

It was a 20-minute standoff between the police and the man, with eventually police tackling the man near the visitors bench. Police shot the man with rubber bullets before tackling him. Cavs forward Christian Eyenga was actually on the floor warming up when police converged on the man.

Reportedly, the lower bowl was evacuated.

The Cavs play the Clippers today at Staples Center. No other information at this point but I'll update when more is released.
Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2011 11:37 pm

Blake Griffin keeping his eye on Donald Sterling?

Would Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin look to play elsewhere in the future because of disgraced owner Donald Sterling? Posted by Benblake-griffin Golliver.

We need not run down the list of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, but no matter where you're from or how politically correct you are, he has offended your sensibilities. He answers to no one besides, maybe, himself.

Friday, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that Sterling's behavior, which has become unavoidably grotesque this season, has caught the eye of his franchise forward, Blake Griffin.

In between jumping over compact cars and dunking on your favorite team, Griffin is sizing up his owner in consideration of his future.
But if Sterling's reign of incompetence and downright meanness continues, there is perhaps one outcome that finally could build enough momentum to overturn, or at least rein in, his dictatorship. Sources say rookie sensation Blake Griffin is closely monitoring Sterling's struggles and is concerned, to say the least, about the owner's unfortunate string of public embarrassments. Under current NBA rules, players on rookie contracts have little power to influence where they play. And from the standpoint of talent and assets, the Clippers are on excellent footing going forward. But Griffin will not be tied to the Clippers forever, and there are indications he will consider not only the Clippers' ability to compete for a championship, but also the kind of owner he wants to play for when he becomes eligible (under current rules, anyway) for an extension on July 1, 2012. Would alienating the most promising player in franchise history be grounds for Sterling to finally be held accountable? The Clippers, still 42 months away from Griffin's extension eligibility, are said to be losing no sleep over the matter for now. But at some point soon, they should.
The only problem that I can see with Griffin being able to influence Sterling's behavior is that we can't be certain that Sterling actually knows who Griffin is. Sure, Griffin is the most YouTube'd player in the world, arguably the most athletic player in the NBA, was the toast of the town in Los Angeles over All-Star Weekend after winning the Slam Dunk Contest, is set to be named Rookie of the Year in a few months and is bordering on being a top 10 overall player in his first trip through the league.

But we can't forget one simple fact: Sterling said in court this week that he didn't know who Elgin Baylor was when he hired him to be his GM. Elgin Baylor: NBA legend, Hall of Famer, one of the 50 greatest players of all time. If you don't know who Baylor is, we can't assume you know who Griffin is. Sad, but true.

The best case scenario here is that Sterling finally sells the Clippers to a thoughtful, modern owner who keeps Griffin in the City of Angeles for his entire career, smartly building a championship contender and rival for the Lakers around the league's most dynamic frontcourt talent in years. 

The second best case scenario is for Griffin to flee Sterling as quickly as possible. Sadly, that scenario is much more realistic. It's way easier to change cities than it is to change a clueless owner's conduct.
Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 4:25 pm

Blake Griffin is 'not going to take' hard fouls

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is fed up with all the hard fouls. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is a target. Don't believe me? Just watch this video of Andre Miller pancaking Griffin at full speed

The latest incident came on Wednesday night, when Philadelphia 76ers forward Tony Battie and guard Jodie Meeks dragged Griffin down during a transition run out. Griffin received an outlet pass and was gathering to attack the basket on the run when Meeks reached back while flying by in front of him and Battie knocked him off course from behind. The double-whammy caused Griffin to spill to the ground, and Battie's momentum carried him over on top Griffin. Griffin lashed out by pushing Battie off of him and to the ground, while he also tried to untangle himself from a referee who was attempting to intervene. The sequence led to a lot of jawing between the two teams.

Here's video of the hard foul and Griffin's reaction courtesy of YouTube user nbafufu.

The Los Angeles Times notes that Battie was originally assessed a Flagrant Foul 2, which would have meant an automatic ejection, but the officials downgraded it to a Flagrant Foul 1 upon video review.

Either way, the paper noted, Griffin wasn't happy.
"I just felt like they had let things go way too much up to that point. That's what happens when you let things go when they don't call fouls and things like that happen. … And I thought it was ridiculous. So I'm not going to take that. … I've done it too much this season. It got to me."
Griffin's teammate, guard Randy Foye, says Griffin has been getting extra attention from their opponents.
"He was getting hit pretty hard the whole game," Foye said. "He's frustrated. When he goes to the basket, sometimes he feels guys don't go for the ball. He thinks guys just take a whack at him just to let him know not to come down the lane. When he was taking his steps, he was ready to go off one foot. That's why I think he got so upset, and that's why I grabbed him real quick, because I could see how he got up. There was a lot of anger there. You don't want him to get suspended."
Unfortunately for Griffin, when you put as many people on posters as he does, you're going to guys gunning for retribution on a nightly basis. Griffin plays hard, he plays aggressive, he plays above the rim and he's a rookie: that combination will get you every time in the NBA. Battie's play here was more awkward than malicious and it sounds like Griffin's frustration stems more from the accumulation of the attention he receives rather than that single play itself.

It takes awhile for the NBA to adjust to any rookie, but a rookie of Griffin's considerable talents makes that process take even longer. But the book is now out: rough Griffin up, it's your best chance to take him out of his game.
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:15 am

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

Clippers owner Donald Sterling testifies he did not know of Baylor's career when he hired him. Seriously.
Posted by Matt Moore

Donald Sterling is such a lovable, popular guy these days. In the same day that it was revealed his organization refused to help cover an assisant coach's prostate surgery following th revelation of cancer, Sterling testified in Elgin Baylor's wrongful termination suit against him that he had no knowledge of the NBA legend's career when he hired him.


From the Los Angeles Times
You didn't know about his basketball career?" Baylor attorney Carl Douglas asked Sterling in his first day on the stand as Baylor's wrongful termination civil lawsuit against the team continued at a Los Angeles courthouse. "His accomplishments? The Hall of Fame?"

"No," Sterling answered. "... I didn't know that. I hired him for $3,000 a month. I didn't really know what his role was.... He was working in a mail-order company back then."
via Clippers owner Donald Sterling testifies he knew little of Elgin Baylor's career when he hired him - latimes.com.

Los Angeles Lakers' owner Jerry Buss is known to have introduced Sterling to the prospect of buying the Clippers and moving them from San Diego to L.A.. Based on that fact, it's reaching the point where a tax may need to be put in place on Buss for him to pay back the amount of blown potential revenue for the league had anyone else owned the Clippers. 

How can you possibly own an NBA team and not know who Elgin Baylor is? What kind of gap in common knowledge has to stand between you and everyone else in your field to be ignorant of a legend in the endeavor you've taken on? 

Sterling continues to embarrass the NBA at every turn, and David Stern continues to stand idly by and watch.
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:07 pm

Former Clipper players stepped up in crunch time

Posted by Royce Young

The story of former Clipper assistant and one time interim coach Kim Hughes was highlighted in the Journal Times today, and in that is the fact that after Hughes was diagnosed with prostrate cancer, the organization wouldn't pay for his treatment.

"I contacted the Clippers about medical coverage and they said the surgery wouldn't be covered," Hughes said in the story. "I said, ‘Are you kidding me?' And they said if they did it for one person, they'd have to do for everybody else."

Of course this spawned a good amount of "Oh the Clippers" type of comments, even though they might not be entirely fair. (I mean, the Clippers do have a point.) But it made me think: Shouldn't the Clippers be the kind of organization that does the exact opposite of what happened here and go above an beyond? With the type of reputation the franchise has for screwing things up and doing things the wrong way, wouldn't they see this as an opportunity to make a statement the other direction?

But then of course, here's where you remember that Donald Sterling owns the franchise and he cares not for going above and beyond or the "right way".

The story doesn't end there though. Good thing, because I was depressed. In fact, it ends with some inspiration.
When Dunleavy learned the Clippers wouldn't cover the cost of Hughes' surgery, he mentioned it to his players.

Several of them, including now Milwaukee Bucks forward Corey Maggette, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand and Marko Jaric, were taken aback by the news and decided to offer their assistance.

"Kim was one of our coaches and he's a really good friend of mine, too," Maggette said. "He was in a situation where the Clippers' medical coverage wouldn't cover his surgery. I thought it was a great opportunity to help someone in need, to do something that Christ would do.

"It shows your humanity, that you care for other people and not just yourself. Kim was in a life-and-death situation."

It was indeed a dicey time for Hughes. After a biopsy was taken, he learned his prostate cancer was much worse than he believed.

The cancer had quickly spread and was on the brink of moving to other areas of his body.
Players stepped up, in a big way. The organization wouldn't cover the treatment so a couple players raised their hand. So while you can point at the Clippers and make a joke or two, the moral of the story is, you can still step up when someone else doesn't. That's what Maggette, Kaman, Brand and Jaric did for Hughes.

And by all accounts, Hughes is recovering well. Which in the end, is really all that matters.
Posted on: March 6, 2011 8:13 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2011 8:53 pm

Lakers, Clippers oppose Kings' Anaheim move?

Are the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers opposed to the Sacramento Kings relocating to Anaheim? Posted by Ben Golliver. maloofs

A few weeks back, we noted that the Sacramento Kings had received an extension that provided them with more time - until April 18 - to consider a possible move to Anaheim. While Anaheim is still the baby stepbrother of Los Angeles, it has proven to be a solid market for professional sports, offers the allure of a large regional television audience and houses the Honda Center, a building that is slightly less old than Sacramento's Arco Arena. 

While the move would be heartbreaking and soul-crushing for one of the league's most passionate fanbases, it makes some sense for the team's cash-strapped ownership group. One potential problem with becoming the new kids on the block in Southern California? The current residents may not be welcoming a third NBA team with open arms.

The New York Daily News reports that both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers - who play their home games in downtown L.A.'s Staples Center - are "opposed" to the Kings' relocation plans.
The move to Anaheim will be opposed by the Lakers and Clippers, who see it as an encroachment on their territory. But sources close to the Maloofs say they're willing to pay the two L.A. teams whatever it takes to relocate. That would be in addition to the league's relocation fee of $30 million.

Anaheim Honda Center and Ducks owner Henry Samueli is prepared to help the Maloofs with the financing, offering a $100 million loan. Samueli tried to buy the team last year.

"The likelihood of them leaving is probably greater than them staying," said Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, the former Suns star, this past week. "But it's not a done deal."
Given the introduction of new competition, you can't blame the Lakers and Clippers for seeking compensation. The question for today is whether the Lakers and Clippers can provide enough financial pressure to make the Kings think twice about the timing of their move. It's difficult to speculate how effective any efforts to dissuade the Kings relocation efforts would be, at least without knowing the full details of the Maloof brothers' financial situation, which is said to be in tough shape due to Las Vegas casino losses.

Longer term, though, it's unlikely that the Lakers and Clippers can make a relocation effort prohibitively expensive for the Kings. If it comes down to dollars and cents, the Kings, like other franchises before them, will find their way to a larger market and better building, one way or another.

With that said, the city of Sacramento and Kings fans have responded in the best way possible: appealing to history and loyalty, as the cash is almost certainly greener on the other side. Whether emotional appeals carry any weight in 2011, though, is anybody's guess.
Posted on: March 6, 2011 1:09 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2011 1:12 pm

Eric Gordon re-injures wrist, to miss games

Posted by Royce Young

Before guard Eric Gordon went down with a wrist injury, the Clippers were playing pretty good. Not great, but they were beating teams at home and statying competitive against everyone.

Without Gordon though who injured the wrist on Jan. 22, the Clips went just 4-14. Blake Griffin has been sizzle for the Clippers, but Gordon is what makes them good. Well, not "good" but at least competitive. He leads the team averaging 23.7 points per game.

He returned last week (with a mohawk!) after missing a month but against Denver Saturday, he reinjured the wrist after a hard foul from Timofey Mozgov. Gordon came down hard on the wrist and immediately went to the locker room and did not return.

It may just be a minor setback with Gordon missing only a game or two, but coach Vinny Del Negro seemed convinced Gordon would miss at least some time.

“He’ll stay back here. He’s got a bone fracture, a bone chip," Del Negro told the LA Times. "Don’t ask me the correct [terminology]. The words are too long for me to pronounce. Ask Jasen Powell, ask the medical staff. But he will be out. How long, I don’t know. But it’s just real frustrating. I feel bad for Eric, but other guys are gonna have to step up.”

Without Gordon, it's back to Randy Foye in the starting five who is a capable scorer, but certainly not up to Gordon's level.
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