Tag:Los Angeles Clippers
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: January 7, 2011 11:48 am
 

More allegations of Sterling misconduct surface

Further allegations revealed that Donald Sterling has engaged in unacceptable behavior as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Posted by Matt Moore

For those who pay attention, allegations that Donald Sterling has displayed racist, unconscionable, penny-pinching behavior and a sole pursuit of profit in the face of opportunities to win should be the polar opposite of shocking. But learning the depths of just how hollow his moral mine shaft is reported to be always makes for a nice story, and today is no exception. ESPN has obtained more court documents in Elgin Baylor's case against Sterling. Take us to the highlights, J.A. Adande:

"Because of the Clippers unwillingness to fairly compensate African-American players we lost a lot of good talent, including Danny Manning, Charles Smith, Michael Cage, Ron Harper, Dominique Wilkins, [Corey] Maggette and others," Baylor said.



Okay, well there are always reasons to pass on players, and while Sterling's character history doesn't necessarily support the idea that these decisions weren't racially motivated, it's difficult to argue without providing context for where the team was at in its manifest and where those players were at in their careers. So hey, this one's probably duck-able. What else?

Dunleavy said that during a team trip to Russia in 2006, Clippers officials were dining at a restaurant called Rasputin when Platt, the Clippers' attorney, told him that the Clippers thought Baylor was too old and they were going to fire him. While the Clippers told Dunleavy that Baylor only wanted to work for two more years, Dunleavy said he never heard that from Baylor, and Baylor said in his statement that he never told anyone that he wanted to retire.


Okay, well, that's not stellar behavior, and Baylor's probably going to have a case, but really, that just sounds more like an employer having difficulty in managing employees. That's not good, but it's not outright horrible. It looks like there's nothing in this round of revelations which would really make Sterling look terrib ... oh. Yeah.  There's this. 

"While ignoring my suggestions and isolating me from decisions customarily reserved for general managers, the Clippers attempted to place the blame for the team’s failures on me," Baylor said in the declaration. "During this same period, players Sam Cassell, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette complained to me that DONALD STERLING would bring women into the locker room after games, while the players were showering, and make comments such as, 'Look at those beautiful black bodies.' I brought this to Sterling’s attention, but he continued to bring women into the locker room."


Look, most situations between people are more complicated than they seem. and they often involve a great degree of dissonance between one party and the other.  It's a more difficult world than most people make it out to be. But if these, and all the other accusations are true, Donald Sterling is an abomination to a not-at-all exceedingly honorable league of NBA owners. He is a blemish on the NBA, and a detriment to the league. And the fact that he's allowed to continue pursuing his agenda in such a profitable market as Los Angeles represents a failure by his fellow owners, the league, and David Stern to set a standard of conduct and hold its representatives to it. The NBA wouldn't tolerate such behavior in its offices, yet here is an owner, a voice among the group that is determining the future of this sport in the next year, who lacks not only a drive to win, not only an objective of running an operation well, but who flaunts racism in a predominantly African-American sport.  I seem to ask this every six months, but I will ask again. 

What's it going to take for the NBA to purge itself of the disease that is Donald Sterling?
Posted on: January 6, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 8:09 pm
 

The Game Changer: Celtics survive meltdown

The Boston Celtics escaped from the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, Kevin Martin put up an absurd shooting performance against the Portland Trail Blazers, Blake Griffin dunked and dunked and dunked, and Birdman's tattoos got spotted up close. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 

THE BIG ONE: CELTICS ESCAPE FROM SPURS

The last few minutes in Boston were beautiful chaos, as the unexpected kept happening in a wild finish between two of the league's premier teams: the Celtics and the San Antonio Spurs. When the dust settled, the Celtics held on for a 105-103 victory, but it wasn't without fireworks.

The Spurs, down nine points late, mounted a furious, and somewhat lucky, comeback thanks to a Manu Ginobili three, a Tony Parker steal-to-layup finish and two Richard Jefferson free throws. Up two with the ball, the Celtics ran the clock, turning the ball over to their late-game savant, Paul Pierce.

Pierce missed the game-icer, but the smallest guy on the court, Celtics guard Nate Robinson, not only came out with the rebound but intelligently shuffled it to Ray Allen, one of the league's premier foul shooters. With less than 10 seconds left on the clock, the Spurs were forced to foul Allen, a career 89.4% free throw shooter, who inexplicably missed both free throws that also would have iced it.

Matt Bonner then secured the defensive rebound for the Spurs, who quickly took timeout to diagram a final, potentially game-winning play. Everyone in the building knew it was going to Manu Ginobili, who had multiple game-winning plays in December, and that included Pierce, who expertly contested a Ginobili jumper at the buzzer, blocking it cleanly without fouling. Rajon Rondo, who finished with an absurd triple-double (see below) then did his best Magic Johnson impersonation, tossing the ball high in the air to burn out the rest of the clock. Ballgame, Celtics.

The result was a little evidence supporting a conclusion made by Celtics center Kendrick Perkins: it will be extremely difficult to beat this group in a seven-game series. Even without Perkins and starting power forward Kevin Garnett, the Celtics managed to make multiple heady, playoff-type plays while in the process of throwing a game away. Robinson's rebound and dish, Pierce's defense and Rondo's clock killing are the kind of time/score plays that come naturally to a tested team, but pretenders always seem to mess up. 

Wednesday night's madness is worth another look. Here's a nice video breakdown, courtesy of NBAHiighlights on YouTube.



GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:


Rajon Rondo: 12 points, 10 rebounds, 22 assists, six steals, one block in 44 minutes in a Boston Celtics home win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Kevin Martin: 45 points, two rebounds, four assists on 13-18 shooting, 6-8 three-point shooting, 13-15 free throw shooting in 39 minutes in a Houston Rockets home lose to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Dwight Howard: 28 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block in 43 minutes in an Orlando Magic home win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Kevin Love: 35 points, 15 rebounds, five assists in 45 minutes in a Minnesota Timberolves overtime loss on the road to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Jose Calderon: 20 points, three rebounds, 17 assists, two steals in 38 minutes in a Toronto Raptors road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

DON'T MISS:

WATCH OUT BELOW:

Four Denver Nuggets defenders try as hard as possible to avoid being in another Blake Griffin poster, but they fail. 

blake-griffin-dunk

WHIMSY:

Stephen Dunn, a Getty Images, got a great snap of Chris "Birdman" Andersen's tattooed leg.

birdman-leg

HIGHLIGHT REEL:

We're getting used to Blake Griffin throwing down, but this one-handed tomahawk alley oop jam after leading a 2-on-1 break with Clippers point guard Baron Davis was pretty filthy. And the fact that the break was started by DeAndre Jordan, who apparently blocked a shot with his elbow, is even better.



FINAL THOUGHT:

Since these posts continue to turn into all Blake Griffin all the time, here's Griffin talking about being selected for the NBA's Slam Dunk contest, as quoted by TheRookieWall.com. “I think I’m just gonna try and get up as high as possible and throw it down as hard as possible. You know, put a little show in there, put a little pizazz and see what we can come out with. Hopefully I’ll have the home court advantage, but I don’t know, we got a lot of good guys in there so I’m definitely going to try to play into that a little bit. I’ve got a few things up my sleeve. I’m not showing them yet.”
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:04 am
 

Shootaround 1.6.11: Executed

Posted by Royce Young
  • 48 Minutes of Hell on how the San Antonio imploded: "However, this comedy of errors was far from complete. After Manu Ginobili hit a quick three-pointer, the ever-poised Paul Pierce coughed up a quick turnover, as did Nate Robinson on the following play and, after Richard Jefferson calmly sunk two free throws, the Spurs found themselves down by two with 33 seconds left. What had appeared, if not impossible, than highly unlikely, came to pass: All the Spurs needed to do was play solid defense (a tall order as of late), secure the rebound and they’d have a shot to tie or win the game."
  • Samuel Dalembert opens up to the Sacramento Bee: "They have to let me know which direction they want to go. They know what I do best. I block shots, rebound, get us in the fast break. Am I going to play the next five years in a place that is a contender, or am I going to be here, helping this team get better? It's up to them. But I am not going to lie. This is very frustrating."
  • Breene Murphy of ClipperBlog on the win over Denver: "But for now, Clippers fans should enjoy the solace of the win over the Nuggets. The two games prior showed that the Clippers are not going to make constant improvements, there will be setbacks against good teams, but they are learning enough where they can continue to bounce back and show very real progress."
  • Rajon Rondo is back. CelticsHub: "Now that you’re really back, we recognize our own team again. Which makes us realize that the only thing that really distinguishes the Celtics on offense is how you make them go. Celtics basketball is half a myth, basically, because it doesn’t fully manifest itself without you on the floor. You were supernaturally aware of where the ball was going to be tonight. Like the moment when you held out your hand and the ball spontaneously appeared in it:"
Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Power Rankings 3-Up, 3-Down 1.4.11

Three teams rising and three teams falling this week as the Lakers take a tumble, the Bulls keep slugging and wait, the Clippers?!

Posted by Matt Moore




In this week's edition of 3-Up, 3-Down, the Bulls go up, the Lakers go down, and most everyone else stays just about the same. The latest edition of the power rankings this edition reflects will be up this afternoon on CBSSports.com so check back soon to vent your rage and/or shake your pom-poms.

3-Up



Chicago Bulls (6): The Bulls are without Joakim Noah, and yet they've won four in a row, and 8 of their last 10. It's Derrick Rose. It's Carlos Boozer. It's Tom Thibodeau. And the combination thereof. Turns out Thibs is letting Rose set the table, and in doing so, has freed up the Bulls in a way the offense hasn't been let go in years. And about that jumper that Derrick Rose improved upon? Rose is currently the 10th best scorer in the NBA in spot-up situations, shooting 48%. That's league wide, not just among point guards. That's up from 293rd last season. Pretty incredible turnaround. And a huge reason why the Bulls are the #3 seed right now. 

Philadelphia 76ers (16):  There's a belief afoot that Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday play better without Andre Iguodala on the floor. And considering the spurt the Sixers have gone on with Iguodala on the shelf. But they've now lost two in a row without him, so the boost is fading, and Iguodala is in the top six lineups for the Sixers in plus/minus. So you can see why they're torn on when to ship Iguodala out. The Sixers are getting back to their mean, though, which is enough to not be terrible. And Evan Turner showing signs of life is the best news of all. 

Los Angeles Clippers (22): I'm not saying they're a playoff team, far from it. But it's hard to ignore the improvements they make with each game. If they can just get Baron Davis off the floor, they may have something here. Oh, and Blake Griffin, Blake Griffin, Blake Griffin.

3-Down:



Los Angeles Lakers (10): That's a pretty steep fall, there, Lake Show.  Getting your face caved in by a Grizzlies team on the second night of a back to back will do that. The Lakers will be fine, but a point should be made here. If the Lakers find themselves down by three possessions in the third quarter, what's their best approach? In the minds of many it's to get the offense moving. Get off-ball movement, flows through the triangle, guys off screens. Get the offense moving, and if it results in a Kobe jumper, terrific. He's certainly the guy you want as the tip of the spear. But what you don't want is Bryant going one-on-five in ISO to try and spark the offense. That doesn't spark the offense. It just stagnates it. Until Bryant learns that, they're going to have issues because he doesn't have the physical abilities he used to. 

Milwaukee Bucks (13): There's something seriously wrong with Milwaukee and by all appearances it looks like a matter of trying to fix something that wasn't broken. The Bucks scored 102.0 points per 100 possessions last year, 23rd in the league. They brought in massive amounts of offensive firepower with Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette among others. They're dead last in offensive efficiency, averaging 96.8 points per 100 possessions. That's not a fall, that's a cratering. The Bucks are in big trouble right now. They can't stay above water (in the playoffs in the East, anyway) with that kind of noose around their neck forever. 

Cleveland Cavaliers (30): This is bad as it gets. Right? Right?
Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Best of Blake Griffin, December edition

Posted by Royce Young

Another month, another batch of jaw-dropping highlights courtesy of Blake Griffin. So let's look back at his five best from December.

5. From 45 feet away...

I don't know what the Clippers plan on doing with Baron Davis, but there is one advantage to keeping him -- he throws a lovely alley-oop. Consider this 45-foot beauty that I'm not even sure Peyton Manning could put on the money like that.

A play like this kind of makes you wonder what Griffin would look like in pads though. It would be like a cross of Antonio Gates and DeMarcus Ware I think. Or it would just look like Blake Griffin in football pads. I think that's a little easier to picture.

4. A layup better than a dunk


The only thing that's Blake Griffin can do that we haven't already seen is to start upping the degree of difficulty. And that's what he did with a simple layup. Forget just jumping over people and dunking. Let's turn a simple layup into a spectacular, highlight worthy play.

That's the thing about Griffin. Even the routine play is so far from routine. Everything is flashy. Everything is exciting. I don't know if it's the way he plays or if it's just watching a man his size do what he does, but no matter what Griffin does, it looks special.

3. One hand, with emphasis

Heavens. Look at how he reaches back. The first thing I wonder is how in the heck he even caught the thing. That's some serious hand-eye coordination. Then there's the jumping. And then the power to finish it off. Heavens.

2. A little closer than 45 feet, but a little better

What makes one halfcourt alley-oop better than another? In this case it's the punctuation on the end of it. Any time you get a long pass finished off by Blake Griffin soaring through the air it's going to be good, but add in a little hanging and swinging on the rim like a little kid on a jungle gym? Well, you've got something special now.

What I love most is the vision from Davis though. Nothing is really there at first glance, but Griffin is weaving through defenders, makes eye contact with Baron and boom, the ball is in the air and Griffin is tracking it down for a stuff. It's a beautiful thing, really.

(Also, I really enjoy Ralph Lawler's almost-signature call of Griffin dunks now. Slaaaam dunk! Oh ME oh MY!

1. Face dunk



At some point, and I think everyone will agree with me here, Blake Griffin will kill himself dunking. It almost happened here against the Rockets where he nearly plowed his face straight into the rim. (If that would've happened and this were the NFL, I think the rim would've been fined $25,000. Amirite?)

But just look at Griffin's elevation. He jumped too early so when the ball got to his hand, he was too high. He didn't so much finish the dunk as he just tried to dunk and get out of the way. For a second there I thought Griffin was going to dunk himself. Maybe that should be his finisher in the dunk contest if he enters. He dunks the ball and just follows straight through the rim, dunking himself. That would be something we haven't seen.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 8:08 pm
 

The Game Changer: Memphis mauls the Lakers

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: MEMPHIS WALKS OVER L.A.

This really was kind of a bizarro game. The Lakers fell behind early to a quicker, more athletic Grizzlies team and never had the firepower to really make up the deficit.

It was basically the formula you see good teams use to beat bad ones. A couple 6-2 runs placed in between bigger 10-2 ones and before you know it, the margin is 20. And that's what the Grizzlies did to the Lakers all night.

Kobe tried to shoot the Lakers back into the game late finishing with a fourth quarter flurry of points, but it was too late. Rudy Gay had already done too much damage, Zach Randolph had already had his way inside and O.J. Mayo had already gotten hot from outside.

Obviously the look here is at the Lakers who have lost again, this time big against a sub-.500 team. But really, shouldn't we be impressed a little with the Grizzlies? They've started playing much better the past few games and take away Tyreke Evans' miracle and they've won four of five. As it stands, they're three below .500 but have three straight tough ones playing the Thunder twice and the Jazz in the middle.

But while the Lakers will gain most of the chatter for getting worked over by Memphis, I think it's at least courteous to give a little credit where credit is due. The Lakers don't lose just by playing bad. Someone had to make them do it. And the Grizzlies did Sunday.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Blake Griffin had a very Blake Griffin night. Big highlights and 31 point and 15 rebounds.

DeAndre Jordan was actually quite good as well: six points, 12 rebounds and six blocks

DeMarcus Cousins had the best game of his young career with 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists

Danny Granger finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds in a loss to the Knicks.

Antwan Jamison dropped 35 and pulled in 10 boards, but the Cavs lost to the Mavericks.

RONDO RETURNS, BOSTON WINS

It wasn't against a great team or anything, but the Celtics got Rajon Rondo back and took care of business, dispersing the Raptors. Paul Pierce scored 30 on 15 shots, but it was having Rondo back that was the story. He played 34 minutes, scored four points and ` out eight assists, but just his presence commandeering the Celtics was a huge difference.

With Rondo, there's a different level of execution. The spacing is terrific and the team plays just with a looser, more confident feel to it.

Getting Kevin Garnett back is the next goal, but just having Rondo on the floor again is nice for Boston.

MAVS BEAT CAVS

For Cleveland, that's 17 out of 18 in the loss column. For the Mavericks, it's now one out of four without Dirk Nowitzki. I just thought that was worth pointing out. Plus I wanted to say "Mavs beat Cavs."

PORTLAND GETS A LEG UP

In a battle for the now-getting-more-and-more-interesti
ng eight-seed spot, the Trail Blazers took down the Rockets behind a big game from Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Even without Brandon Roy when the Blazers play in the open floor the way they did, they look like a capable playoff team. They always defend, they always rebound, but it's the offensive execution where sometimes they lack. But against the Rockets, everything was on point especially when the Blazers ran.

Houston has been coming on strong lately, and a team Portland will likely be fighting with for months to come. It's not a statement so much as it's a leg up on the nearest competition. The Blazers are potentially good enough to solidify themselves as an eight-seed or higher contender despite injuries, but winning games against the direct competition is key.

Paul Pierce SMASHY

Blake Griffin had himself another stellar finish yesterday, but Paul Pierce gets the dunk award for the day with this Griffinesque cram.


PARTING THOUGHT

The Clippers did a very Clipper thing by blowing a late lead over the Hawks by surrendering 37 fourth quarter points. This Clipper team has some really nice pieces. But they're obviously one of those young groups that isn't exactly sure how to win or finish. They keep reminding me of the Thunder from two years ago. Clearly talented but just not ready to win consistently. Patience is key here, but I think by April, we're going to have reason to be impressed.
Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:37 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Tyreke Evans is considering laser foot procedure

Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans is considering undergoing a foot procedure that could see him miss an extended period of time.tyreke-evans-feet Posted by Ben Golliver 
The NBA's reigning Rookie of the Year, Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, has been hobbled by plantar fasciitis, a painful foot condition that caused him to see a foot specialist earlier this season, undergo additional testing, and miss some time.
CowBellKingdom.com reports that Evans told reporters following Monday night's game between the Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers that he is considering a procedure on his ailing left foot that could sideline him for an extended period of time. 
Kings guard Tyreke Evans let slip in his post game interview that he and his agent discussed a procedure today that would shelve last year’s rookie of the year for 3-4 months. Evans did not give a specific name for the procedure but it would hopefully relieve the pain and discomfort of the plantar fasciitis in his left foot.  
"I talked to my agent today and I was thinking about, maybe getting something done to it earlier, I would probably miss three months or something, I don’t know."
Evans is waiting for his agent to get back to him with a possible timetable for the procedure but at this point, nothing seems definite.
NBA Fanhouse reports on Twitter that the procedure involves lasers!
Evans is considering a left foot procedure involving lasers to heal his plantar fasciitis. It would put him out 3-4 months. A source close to him says he had already decided to do procedure soon, but wonders if his 32-pt outing might cause him to rethink it. Plan B would be for Evans to do it near All-Star break. Plan C - which doesn't seem likely - would be for him to not do it at all.

The news is disappointing, but not unexpected for Kings fans, who have watched Evans take a step back in terms of his effectiveness and explosiveness this season because of the foot pain. The Kings are already lottery-bound, holding the league's worst record at 5-23, so there's very little sense in putting Evans out on the court if the pain in continuing.

Despite the pain, Evans went for 32 points, three rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes on Monday night. The Kings lost to the Clippers, 100-99. On the season, he is averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:53 pm
 

Report: Bobcats making run at Baron Davis

Posted by Royce Young

Things are getting moved around in Charlotte right now. First it was Michael Jordan assuming ownership of the team last year. Then it was Larry Brown being shown the door. Next was Paul Silas taking Brown's place with Charles Oakley joining the staff.

But all of that doesn't directly affect the personell on the floor. Well, the Bobcats are maybe getting to that.

There has been some chatter about Charlotte blowing the whole thing up and starting over by sending Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace elsewhere. As mentioned in today's Shootaround, according to Yahoo! Sports, Jordan and the Bobcats might go a different direction. Reportedly, Jordan is considering sending D.J. Augustin, DeSagana Diop and Matt Carroll to the Clippers for Baron Davis.

The trade works in terms of salaries, but I'm sure Neil Olshey and the Clippers front office feels like it can do better than that. Reality is, they probably can't. Davis is still owed over $40 million through 2013 and isn't exactly playing great basketball. It would be a cost-cutting move for the Clippers and a major play towards a full-on youth movement. It makes complete sense for the Clips. Hand the reins to Eric Bledsoe and Augustin, let them lob to Blake Griffin and get out of the way.

But why would Charlotte do this? Jordan is likely banking on a new scene giving Davis a kick in the pants to start playing how he's capable. Davis first played for Paul Silas in 1999 when Silas was the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets who drafted Davis fourth overall. Davis played his first five seasons with the Charlotte Hornets so maybe a little nostalgia and reunion will bring back the talented Baron Davis.

It's a long shot and reeks of desperation if it happens. Baron Davis can certainly still play, but that's a lot of money to take on for a player that may or may not help you. You're not sending off too much in Augustin, Diop and Carroll, but you lose some flexibility and now have a big contract on the books for three years. That's risky.

But Jordan may feel like he has to take this shot before he blows it up. He still has Jackson and Wallace so maybe he's thinking he's got to at least try to do something. Remember, this was a playoff team last season. The loss of Raymond Felton proved to be far bigger than anyone could see coming, so Jordan is trying to find an apt replacement. Problem is, that replacement is going to cost.
 
 
 
 
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