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Posted on: December 13, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is reportedly heckling his own players, including point guard Baron Davis. Posted by Ben Golliver
donald-sterling Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling rarely wins in the court of public appeal, and today comes word of another guaranteed embarrassing loss for the NBA's most reviled owner. Sterling's sins run a mile long: allegations of racism in his private businesses, contract disputes with former coaches and executives, harsh treatment of players, erratic behavior ... the list is longer than DeAndre Jordan. Given that history, we can't call this Yahoo! Sports report a new low for Sterling, he's sunk further previously, but it's still really bad. Sterling is reportedly heckling his own players, zeroing in on point guard Baron Davis, whom Sterling evidently believes is "out of shape" and not living up to his hefty contract.
Sterling “started getting a lot more vocal during the second half of last season,” one team source said. “He never had done that before at games. Baron’s his pet project. He absolutely hates Baron. He wants to get his money back.”
Davis, of course, is at a loss for words and tries to tread carefully. After all, Sterling is his boss.
“There’s nothing I can say,” Davis said of Sterling’s taunts. “I have no comment on that. You just get to this point where it’s a fight every day. It’s a fight. You’re fighting unnecessary battles. I’m fighting unnecessary battles.
“It’s frustrating because I know and my teammates know I’m capable of getting it done, even dudes on the other team. It’s frustrating.”
There are a lot of privileges that go with NBA ownership: courtside seats, locker room visits, etc. But the best NBA owners are involved without overstepping, acting as a stabilizing force and letting trusted basketball people make trusted basketball decisions. Sterling isn't just overstepping here, he's stomping on all that is sacred about the sport. He's killing his players' confidence, he's undermining his coach's authority, he's making life more difficult for his front office if they are trying to move Davis, and he is, once again, giving his entire organization and all of its employees a bad name. The NBA should probably intervene, as Sterling's reported behavior makes the entire league look bad. If players are held to the strictest of standards on the court -- they can now be given a technical foul for gesturing in anger at a bad call -- it looks exceedingly hypocritical if other team employees, especially an owner, are not required to comport themselves with a basic level of decency and to treat colleagues with a basic degree of respect in public.  Here's hoping a little light on the situation scares Sterling into silence. We can agree that's not likely to happen.  
Posted on: December 10, 2010 8:32 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Clippers: Kaman out 3+ weeks with ankle injury

The Los Angeles Clippers announced on Friday that center Chris Kaman will miss at least three weeks with an ankle injury. Posted by Ben Golliverchris-kaman Aside from the magical play of power forward Blake Griffin, it's been a tough start to the season for the 2010-2011 NBA season Los Angeles Clippers.  On Friday, the team announced more bad news: all star center Chris Kaman will miss at least three weeks due to an ankle injury. Here's the release from the team.
Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman will miss a minimum of three weeks due to an aggravated bone bruise and deltoid ligament sprain of his left ankle. Kaman was examined by team physician Dr. Steven Shimoyama after undergoing an MRI on Dec. 6. He was then was re-evaluated on Dec. 9 by Dr. Richard D. Ferkel. Kaman will wear a protective boot when not participating in assigned rehabilitation.
Kaman originally suffered the injury when he rolled his ankle in a game against the New Orleans Hornets in early November. His prognosis at the time was that he would miss 2-3 weeks, but obviously it's become a bit more serious than that. In Kaman's absence, head coach Vinny Del Negro has turned to center DeAndre Jordan, physical big man Craig Smith, the washed up Brian Cook and has used end-of-the-bencher Jarron Collins sparingly as well. Clearly, Kaman cannot return soon enough. Kaman averaged 10.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks per game in the 10 games he appeared in this season prior to the injury. He was an NBA all star last season. The Clippers are currently in last place in the Pacific Division, with a record of 5-18.
Posted on: December 10, 2010 9:34 am
Edited on: December 10, 2010 11:50 am
 

Shootaround 12.10.10: Shaq calls Griffin fabulous

Shaq says Blake Griffin is "fabulous,' the Heat are working towards progress, and some in New Orleans want to save their Hornets.
Posted by Matt Moore

  • Shaquille O'Neal on Blake Griffin: "He's fabulous ." Take a second and let that quote sink in. Shaq just described the most explosive rookie to enter the NBA in years in much the same way Lady Gaga likely discusses her latest dress made out of asbestos or drywall or whatever. An odd choice of words for anyone else. Par for the Shaq course.
  • Zach Lowe of SI on a specific shape the Heat have begun to implement: "The Heat have started to position James, Bosh and Wade in a triangle on the same side of the floor. They don’t do it often, but they’re trying it and are getting good results so far. Perhaps the best example happened about four minutes into the first quarter Wednesday. As Carlos Arroyo brought the ball up the left side, the three Miami stars took up residency on the opposite side — Wade in the right corner, Bosh at the right elbow and James on the right wing beyond the three-point line. A nice little $340 million obtuse triangle."
  • Rob Mahoney breaks down the accepted definition of All-Star, then asks the question, what should make an All-Star ?
  • Very quietly, the Kings are awaiting an MRI on the foot of Tyreke Evans. The whispers involve a term that rhymes with "shress shractshure." As of now he only has plantar fasciitis, which was confirmed by a foot expert this week.
Posted on: December 9, 2010 4:28 pm
 

This turned out to be a pretty important call

Posted by Royce Young

In case you missed it, the Lakers beat the Clippers by a point last night on a last-second Derek Fisher layup. A lot of things contributed to that, including rookie Eric Bledsoe not stopping the ball at all and completely relying on a help defender to bail him out.

But what if Fisher's layup was just to tie the game instead? Well, there was that possibility. Instead, because of a call in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Lakers were gifted with an extra point. Watch:



Now of course I'm not so dense to think that things couldn't have changed throughout the game. But it's not like the call swung momentum or anything. Basically, it was a simple, free point gifted to the Lakers. It was the second delay of game call against the Clips, which is an automatic technical. Shannon Brown walked to the other end, hit the free throw and the Lakers led 75-73 instead of 74-73. And of course, the Clippers lost 86-85.

Griffin was guilty too. By the rule, he's supposed to give it right back to the official. He didn't. He chucked up another free throw. Phil Jackson in all his Phil Jackson-ness complained, and got the call. (Watch him pop right up off the bench and start hollering at the official for the call. The official thinks for a moment and then whistles Griffin. Interesting how influential coaches can be.)

But how many times could delay of game be called throughout a typical NBA game? Ten times? Fifteen? Fifty? Kevin Garnett made goaltending a jumper after the whistle famous, but the guy that took the jumper should be nailed with a delay, right? Isn't that basically what Griffin did?

Again, no denying what it was. Griffin should know better. Chalk it up to a rookie mistake if you want, but really, every player does it. I've seen guys pull exactly what Griffin did a hundred times with no whistle. Most times they don't go all the way through and throw the ball back at the iron though. I guess the credit goes to Phil Jackson for making the officials aware that he was aware.

In the end, that point was costly. Maybe Fisher's layup sends the game into overtime instead of the Lakers to victory without it. Maybe not. But regardless, I'm sure this was a nice little lesson for Griffin. And one that the master, Phil Jackson, taught him.
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Andre Miller calls NBA "soft" for suspension

Portland Trail Blazers guard Andre Miller calls the NBA "soft" after he received a one-game suspension earlier this week. Posted by Ben Golliver

Earlier this week, we noted that Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller was suspended for one game by the NBA for a huge hit he put on Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin on Sunday night.  Miller, taking exception to two shoves in the back from Griffin in rebounding scrums, charged full court in transition to blindside Griffin with a shoulder check, sending the Rookie of the Year candidate hurling to the ground. Incredibly, Miller wasn't issued a foul in the game, as the referees didn't see the incident, but upon review was suspended for one game without pay by the league office for the hit. Unfortunately for Miller, the ruling came with a greater consequence than the fine and missing Portland's Tuesday night win over the Phoenix Suns. Miller's league-leading 632 consecutive games played streak was ended by the suspension. Asked for his comments on the suspension at Blazers practice on Wednesday, the Columbian reports that Miller didn't mince words. 
"It just shows you how soft the league has gotten, protecting young players. It's not like it was when I came in this league .... It wasn't justified at all. If I was a dirty player that was looking to go out and hurt someone then I can understand 'OK, this guy has a reputation.' Back in the day, like John Stockton, tough minded player, some people thought he was dirty, he never got suspended for anything. The league has changed, they favor the young guys now and that's just how I feel."
Miller also sounds disappointed to see his streak go. " "It means a lot," Miller told the paper. "Obviously it doesn't mean anything to the league. I take pride in it. I did what I did." Here's video of Miller's hit on Griffin one more time, in case you missed it. There's nothing "soft" about it.
Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:28 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:20 pm
 

The Game Changer: Heat win, Rudy hammers

Rudy Gay throws down a hammer, LeBron James makes a poster, a Los Angeles Clipper hits a 70 footer and the Miami Heat take care of business on the road. 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: MIAMI HEAT TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

If the Miami Heat keep this up, we might actually have to give them some credit. Man, I hope that doesn't happen. The Heat got a solid, although not spectacular, road win on Monday night, dropping the Bucks in Milwaukee, 88-78.

Nobody on the Bucks could buy a basket, save reserve forward Corey Maggette, who finished with a team-high 20 points, and the Heat did a solid job of protecting an early lead during an even second half. There were a few highlights (see forward LeBron James starring in one of the prettiest below) but the low-scoring nature of the game and Miami's sloppy play (18 turnovers) put a premium on sharing the ball (20 assists on 35 field goals) and controlling the boards (48 to 35 advantage), and the Heat managed to do both.

Milwaukee, which drops to a disappointing 7-13 on the season, is really under-performing so far this year given the playoff-quality talent on their roster. But taking care of underwhelming, lesser-talented teams on the road is what everyone expected of these Heat, and they came through without too muck flak on Monday. The Big 3 formula sparkled again, combining for 58 of Miami's 88 points, plus 32 rebounds and 12 assists. Those numbers represent an absurd percentage of Miami's offense, and clearly Milwaukee had no answers for their collective athleticism.

The Heat improve to 14-8 on the season, and continue their road trip on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz, who will provide a more formidable test in an even more hostile environment than the Bradley Center.

RUDY GAY HAMMER:

This dunk came near the end of a road loss to the Utah Jazz, but Memphis Grizzlies wing Rudy Gay reminded everyone why he has been a Slam Dunk Contest participant in the past.

GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:

After hitting for 30 and 30 earlier this season, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love went off on the New York Knicks once again, taking home top honors Monday night.

Kevin Love:
33 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, one steal on 10-18 shooting in 42 minutes in a road loss over the New York Knicks.

Runners-up...


Josh Smith
:
19 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks on 9=17 shooting in 40 minutes in a road win over the Orlando Magic.

Carlos Boozer : 29 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal on 13-21 shooting in 36 minutes in a home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

DON'T MISS:

WHIMSY:

Sometimes you don't need to dunk on an opponent to make a poster. Miami Heat forward LeBron James demonstrates this fact against the Milwaukee Bucks.

lebron-james-poster

WHIMSY II:

No, this isn't a photoshop.

FROM WAY DOWNTOWN:

Here's Los Angeles Clippers wing Ryan Gomes nailed a 70-footer at the first half buzzer, only it was a hair late and didn't count. The Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings anyway, 98-91.

Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:31 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:17 pm
 

NBA suspends Brian Cook, Andre Miller

The NBA announced in a press release that it has suspended Los Angeles Clippers center Brian Cook and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller for rough play on Sunday night. Posted by Ben Golliver

Earlier today, we discussed the rough play between the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers in the Rose Garden on Sunday night. After reviewing the tape, the NBA has issued suspensions to two players: Los Angeles Clippers center Brian Cook, who was assessed a flagrant foul 2 for a hit on Blazers center Joel Przybilla, and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller, who rammed into Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Here's the release from the league.
NEW YORK, December 6, 2010 - Brian Cook of the Los Angeles Clippers has been suspended two games without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Joel Przybilla of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Andre Miller of the Trail Blazers has been suspended one game without pay for making excessive and unnecessary contact with Blake Griffin of the Clippers, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations. Upon postgame video review by the league office, Miller was assessed a Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two for his actions.
The incident involving Cook occurred with 4.5 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Portland's 100-91 win over the Clippers on Sunday, December 5 at Rose Garden. The incident involving Miller occurred with 7:06 remaining in the fourth quarter of the same game. Cook  will  begin serving his suspension tonight when the Clippers host the Sacramento  Kings  at  Staples Center.  Miller will serve his suspension tomorrow when the Trail Blazers host the Phoenix Suns at Rose Garden.    
The suspension will end Miller's consecutive games played streak, which had been the longest in the league, at 632 games. Incredibly, Miller had not missed a game since the 2002-2003 season. San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen found himself in a similar situation back in 2008 . With Miller's streak concluding, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher will take over the title of longest consecutive games played streak, with 433 straight games. It's also tough news for the Blazers, as they face the Phoenix Suns and premier point guard Steve Nash Tuesday night, when Miller is set to serve his suspension. Second-year point guard Patty Mills is next up on the depth chart and is likely to get the start. In case you missed it, here's the video of Cook's foul on Przybilla.  It's surprising that Cook received a two-game suspension, because Washington Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong received a one-game suspension just last week for a very similar play. Here's video of Andre Miller bowling over Blake Griffin, courtesy of Brandon Mitchell . Amazingly, Miller was not whistled for a foul on this play.
Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Video: Top five moments of the Griffin era so far

Posted by Royce Young

I don't know what to nickname Blake Griffin, but it needs to be good. It needs to be something that encapsulates his ridiculous energy, non-stop effort, skill, athletic ability and devastating raw power.

We missed the opportunity to see Griffin fully operational last season in what would've been his rookie year when he hurt his patella coming down from a dunk in the last preseason game. The wait has been well worth it. In his first full month and change as a professional, Griffin has set the league on fire. Imagine Los Angeles Clipper games being absolute can't-miss events. And that's still with the team being 4-17.

You just can't take your eyes off him. You're afraid of what you might miss. Even simple things like Griffin grabbing a rebound and leading a fast break are all of a sudden the most exciting five seconds in basketball. Griffin just has something about him that most players in the NBA don't have. At some point we're going to get The Highlight from Griffin. And I just want to be sure I'm watching when it happens. There's a reason I put the Clippers are one of my League Pass teams before the season started. You've got to have your eyes on Blake Griffin at all times.

Griffin has become a nightly highlight and really, he has so many good jaw-dropping plays it's hard to narrow them down into a list. I'm going to try though. Here are my five favorite Blake Griffin moments of the season so far.

5. This Close To A Poster, Tiago. How fun is Griffin? Even his missed dunks are exciting highlights. I'm absolutely afraid he may kill himself trying to dunk over an entire 12-man roster at some point, but man, it's going to be a blast to watch him try.

4. The Sign Of Things To Come. Griffin's debute was pretty excellent. He went for 20 points and 14 rebounds against the Blazers, but he also piled up a few early highlights. For some guys, these would be great to put on the year-end reel. For Griffin, it was just opening night.

3. He's Even Good Falling Down. It's not all about the dunks with Griffin. He's actually a really skilled basketball player. And in typical Blake fashion, even when a play looks like a lost cause, it's not over. Example: After slipping and on the way to falling down, Griffin puts up a perfect bank shot against the Spurs. Maybe he should shoot all of his free throws like this.

2. Style Points, For Fun. I don't know what it would be like to be Rodney Stuckey here. Blake Griffin steals a pass and you're all alone in what separates him from the basket. I think that's the definition of terror or something. So Griffin attacks with a nice two-step move and throws it in from behind his head, just to make it a little more fun.

1. The Destruction of New York. We're just going to package all of these as his best moment. No words people. No words.

 
 
 
 
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