Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:53 pm
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.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 8:11 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm
Tracy McGrady calls out Chris Bosh, the Bobcats look to deal for a veteran point guard, Chris Webber asks questions about Brandon Roy, the Kings look to build a new home and Landry Fields continues to get a lot of love in NYC. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Posted on: December 14, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:35 pm
Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman confirms that the team's owner Donald Sterling shouts at his players during games. Posted by Ben Golliver.
On Monday, we noted an explosive report that accused Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling of heckling his own players, and point guard Baron Davis in particular, during games from his courtside seats. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Clippers center Chris Kaman confirmed that Sterling does shout at the players during games. Unlike Davis, who was painted as frustrated by the verbal harassment, Kaman sounds resigned to it.
"All kinds of stuff," Kaman said. "Some stuff like, 'Oh, dunk the ball.' He owns the team. What do you want me to say? He's my boss. He signs the check. He owns me.
"Not really, but you know what I'm saying. My rights to my basketball skills for five years."While last season was Davis's first as a Clipper, Kaman has been a Clipper for his entire NBA career, eight seasons, and he was the team's first round draft pick in 2003. In that time period, the Clippers have had just one winning season, and they have won less than 30 games the last three years running. After all that losing, it's not a huge surprise that negative words, even from an owner, would eventually fall on deaf ears.
"He's an interesting guy," Kaman sad. "He likes to watch us play. He's very into it. Very into the decisions from what I understand. He's frustrated like anybody.
". . . The only thing I can say is that if it is negative at all, it's out of frustration. We're not trying to lose games. We're not trying to play bad. It's part of life. It's part of basketball."Player A complains the the owner is heckling him. Player B says, essentially, "get used to it because that's who he is." Only the Los Angeles Clippers. While Davis's complaint makes his boss look terrible, Kaman's relative indifference may, ironically, make Sterling look even worse.
Posted on: December 13, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:33 pm
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is reportedly heckling his own players, including point guard Baron Davis. Posted by Ben Golliver.
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: November 26, 2010 10:35 am
Posted by Royce Young
Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:14 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Have you seen Eric Bledsoe so far this season? The rookie from Kentucky has looked pretty terrific, most recently putting up 12 points and 13 assists in a loss to Denver Friday night. The Clippers have been watching obviously. And because of Bledsoe's play plus the fact Baron Davis is out of shape and potentially part of something the Clips want to begin moving past, Yahoo! Sports reports Davis may be on the trading block.
So who wants him? Who him, his out of shape body and his nearly $42 million contract that has three years left on it? Come, not everyone at once.
The Clippers may have Davis on the block, but that doesn't mean he'll be moved by any means. Not too many teams out there are interested in a washing up point guard that is often a locker room problem and only plays when he wants to. Plus, you've got to pay him big time for the next three seasons. Honestly, I can't think of a single team that would or should be interested.
Maybe there's potential to get a third team involved. Or maybe there's potential that Davis could be part of a Carmelo Anthony trade since the money works. Unlikely, clearly, but since I'm looking for something here, that's all I could come up with.
Davis has been out for a few games this season with a sore knee and as a result, Bledsoe has shown flashes of being able to handle the point guard duties while the Clippers rebuild. Because really, there's an exciting core there with Bledsoe, Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin. The Clips need to start moving on from some of the dead wood, but the problem is, they paid them too much to move them.
The shame is, when he's keyed in and ready to play, Davis can be as good as any point guard in the league. He can be a guy worth that remaining $42 million and someone to be part of building a contender in Los Angeles. Except, he came into the season out of shape and already appears to be tuning out Vinny Del Negro.
So while Davis may be up for grabs, I don't think you're going to see many hands go up to try and get him.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 11:58 am
Posted by Royce Young
Per ESPN Los Angeles , backup Clippers point guard Randy Foye will be out one to two weeks with a strained left hamstring. This comes after starter Baron Davis is listed as day-to-day with a knee injury, who missed Monday's game against the Spurs because of it.
Because of the injuries, rookie Eric Bledsoe got the starting nod. And he actually didn't fare too badly in his first NBA start. In 40 minutes, he had nine points, three assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Bledsoe ended up playing a lot off the ball with Eric Gordon assuming the point guarding duties for most of the night. Gordon compiled a career-high 11 assists against the Spurs to go along with 23 points (and two massive dunks).
Foye has played in two games so far, averaging six points and three assists in 24 minutes a game.For the Clippers though, this is not great news. Some felt they could be a surprise playoff contender in the West but even at full strength they got off to a slow start. Now a couple injuries have hit and they could be digging themselves into a bit of a hole before the season even gets going. Vinny Del Negro will have to do some shuffling and hope that between Gordon and Bledsoe, the team can play somewhat coherently on the offensive end.
Though if Monday's game against the Spurs was any indication, there might be some rough stretches. And next up for the Clips is a game against the Thunder, one of the league best defensive teams that hasn't performed well on that end thus far and will be looking to make a statement.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:50 am
Edited on: November 2, 2010 9:54 am
Posted by Royce Young