Category - LA Clippers

Doc Rivers Cannot Make Decisions For the Clippers

On Friday morning, ESPN reported that the Clippers head coach Doc Rivers will not be making any more decision for the team.

The Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said Lawrence Frank will oversee all basketball operations.

Below is the statement Ballmer had on why he made this move.

“I’ve owned the team for three years now, and I really better understand what an owner’s responsibility is—and it turns out that running a franchise and coaching are two enormous and different jobs. The notion that one person can fairly focus on them and give them all the attention they need isn’t the case. To be as good as we can be, to be a championship franchise, we need two functioning strong people building teams out beneath them. There needs to be a healthy discussion and debate with two strong, independent minded people.

“There are different relationships that a player needs to have with the coach and the front office. Doc put Lawrence in charge of the non-coaching aspects of the front office last year, and he’s done a fantastic job. I want each of them to dig in and do what they do best. Lawrence has come on so strong in that role, and that has helped us go down this path.”

During the offseason, L.A. has traded point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, re-signed power forward Blake Griffin and acquired small forward Danilo Gallinari in a trade.

JJ Redick Agree to a 1-Year, $23 Million w/76ers

On Saturday morning, the Philadelphia 76ers reportedly agreed to a one-year, $23M deal with JJ Redick.




Redick went on Twitter to announced that he was joining the Joel Embiid and company.

Signing Redick to the 76ers can help the team with leadership and spacing out the floor. Last season with the Clippers, he averaged 15 points per game and was shooting 42.9 percent from the three.

Redick, who now is 33 years of age is looking to get paid, and why not with a team who can be fun to be with and also shape the minds of the younger players.





Chris Paul Joins Blake Griffin in Free Agency

Just after the GOAT, Adrian Wojnarowski reported Blake Griffin was going to opt out of his contract to become a free agent. Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers point guard told Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times he was also going to decline his player option on his contract and become a free agent this summer.




The 32 -year-old point guard is eligible for a five-year, $205 million contract. He will make $35 million the first season, $38 million the second, $41 million the third, $43 the fourth and $46 million his last year, when he turns 38-years-old.

If Blake Griffin decides to stay with the Clippers, he can sign for a 5-year, $175 million. His first year he would make $30 million, second, he would make $32, $35 million his third, $37 million in the fourth and $39 million his last year.

It is unclear if Paul will resign with the Clippers, he has lead the team to the postseason all the years he has been with the team, but cannot get pass the 2nd round. As for Griffin, he should take this contract from the Clippers. He is a player who has been injured too many times in his short period of time. With that being said, he should secure his money and play for an ok organization like the Clippers.





Clippers Will Be Moving out of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Clippers will announce soon they are going to move to a new stadium in Inglewood, California.




According to the Los Angeles Daily and LA Times, Steve Ballmer, owner of the Clippers will finance 100 percent of the stedium with his own money. Before this happens, Inglewood City Council has to approve Wednesday, if it’s best for the city to have an NBA Team.


A few months ago, we heard some speculation about the Clippers moving out of Los Angeles, and not it seems like this might happen. The Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers will be also playing in Inglewood in the about 3 years.




The Clippers have shared Staples Center with the Lakers and Kings since the 1999-2000 NBA Season. It is going to be tough for the Clippers to move anytime soon, back in 2013, they signed a 10-years extension on their arena lease.



Doc Rivers is CONFIDENT in CP3 Staying in LA

The Los Angeles Clippers and Doc Rivers will plan to do whatever it takes to keep Chris Paul in a Clipper jersey.



On Friday morning, Marc Stein from ESPN reported the Spurs were strong candidates from Paul destination and there was “legitimate concern” coming from the front office.

TMZ Sports was able to speak to Rivers regarding these rumors and how he feels if the Clippers have a good chance to resign him. The Clippers coach said he was “absolutely” confident they will re-sign their All-Star Point Guard. 

San Antonio can benefit from a point guard like Paul. Having an injured Tony Parker and an old Ginobili, the Spurs need to look for more star power if they want to compete against the Golden State Warriors.



Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are expected to opt-out of their contracts, which they can become unrestricted free agents. The Clippers owner has reported Chris Paul has “verbally agreed” to resign the with LA, but we all know hoe players can change their minds. We shall wait and see.



REPORT: Clippers Are Worried Chris Paul Leaving to San Antonio

There might be a possibility Chris Paul walks away from Lob City and ends up in Texas with the San Antonio Spurs.



On Friday morning, Marc Stein reported the Clippers are concern about San Antonio being a possibility being a threat to steal CP3 from them.

CP3 is expected to opt out for the final year of his contract and resign with the Clippers for five years, $210 MILLION deal or can go to a different team (Spurs?) for 4-years, $153.5 million. Paul has spent his last six seasons with the Clippers, trying to get out of the second round, but every year some get injured or they blow a lead.





It would be nice seeing Chris in a Spurs uniform, he would take the load off Kawhi Leonard and would work well with LeMarcus in the pick and pop. If this happens, it would be nice to see him compete for a championship for the Spurs.





Brandon Jennings Talks Sh*t About Paul Pierce After Final NBA Game

 

Paul Pierce played his last NBA games Sunday night against the Utah Jazz.

After the game, “The Truth” took to Twitter to say goodbye to the NBA community.

Wizards guard Brandon Jennings wasn’t feeling Pierce’s farewell tour and fired a subliminal tweet to Celtics legend.

After Jennings deleted his tweet but lucky for us, someone screenshot it. What do you think, is Paul Pierce a legend or just an ordinary NBA Star.

Blake Griffin: What is, and What Should Have Been

Blake Griffin: What is and What Should Have Been


By Chris DeClou

Flash back to the 2010-2011 season. LeBron James had just begun “The College Years” of his career, joining the Miami Heat over the summer. Kobe Bryant wasn’t making his Muse-cage videos for ESPN as a retired man, rather he and the Los Angeles Lakers weren’t the dysfunctional franchise that they are now, aiming to three-peat as NBA champions. Kawhi Leonard had yet to dream of becoming “The Klaw”, James Harden wasn’t the beard; Stephen Curry wasn’t the record-breaking 2x MVP and champion we know him to be today, and Russell Westbrook hadn’t begun the triple-double tear he is on now.

None of these superstars, premature and otherwise, had yet to become so. Some weren’t even projected to become such All-NBA players. The man of the moment was Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin. Yes, Blake Griffin, the oft-injured, flat jump-shooting, fourth quarter folding All-star everyone knows today. Now that isn’t to say Blake Griffin cannot play; after all, he is a 5x all-star. However, Blake Griffin has not lived up to the expectations bestowed upon him as a rookie coming out of Oklahoma. He was thought to be a franchise changer. A superstar who could be the first option on a championship contending team. His combination of size, speed, jaw-dropping athleticism, and natural passing ability was rivaled by very few. He would even help lead the NBA into a newer model of how the Power-Forward position would be played. No longer would the position just be held down by players who could play with their backs to the basket. Griffin would be a high-flying one-man wrecking crew. The Los Angeles Clippers were on their way to greatness, or so we thought.

As a rookie, Griffin came out steam rolling every and anyone who would dare to jump with him, averaging 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists over the course of 82 games (per ESPN). Griffin was the first rookie to be an all-star since Yao Ming, and even won the 2010 NBA dunk contest by jumping over a KIA* (the hood of a KIA, but who’s nitpicking?). During the lockout season of 2011-2012, the Clippers would acquire Hornets super point guard Chris Paul after his initial trade to the Lakers was nixed by then-commissioner David Stern. The Clippers would soon form “Lob City”, a young team with championship aspirations and the starting core to do so.

Since 2011, however, the Clippers have not been able to become the championship contenders that most had hoped for them. With a top-flight point guard in Chris Paul, sharpshooter extraordinaire in JJ Redick, Blake Griffin, the uber-athletic DeAndre Jordan, and a great coach in Doc Rivers, the Clippers can just never seem to get out of their own way. Some point to their lack of bench production, others point to their lack of a perimeter threat at the small forward position, but a good portion of the blame can be pointed at original Clipper in Blake Griffin. Since his sophomore campaign, Griffin has yet to complete a full season. Since the 2013-2014 season, Blake has not played in at least 70 games, often ready to return from some form of injury by the time the post season begins.

Due to these injuries and criticisms from analysts and contemporaries alike, Griffin’s high-flying act has since ended. Critics accused Blake of lacking the ability to develop a post-game and a jump shot. So, Blake responded by developing an average mid-range game and adding a few post moves to his repertoire to prolong his career. In doing so, his leaping ability remained dormant. However, the injuries continued to pile up. Since 2014, According to FOX Sports, Griffin has suffered from back spasms, a staph infection, a torn quadricep, a broken hand, a sore quadricep, sore right knee, an aggravated quad tendon, and now a plantar plate injury, keeping him out of a tied series against the Utah Jazz. Griffin can display flashes of his former explosiveness, but it is no longer the devastating force that it once was.

This is more than likely the Clippers last ride together as a unit. Six years in the playoffs, and the Clippers have nothing to show for it outside of second round playoff exits. What was supposed to be a championship-contending team will now be remembered as disappointing era in the Clippers franchise, and it will still be the best era of the Clippers franchise to date. Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and JJ Redick are all free agents. Blake is still in the prime of his career, and while his injury history won’t stop him from seeing a max offer this summer, his lack of post season success will always be a stain on his career, much like it has been for Chris Paul; the greatest point guard of his era, yet no post season success to match an illustrious career. Maybe Blake can find success elsewhere. Yet as a Los Angeles Clipper, he will be remembered as a good player who could not live up to great expectations.

DETAILS: Blake Griffin is OUT for reminder of the NBA Playoffs

Blake Griffin Ruled out for Rest of NBA Playoffs with Toe Injury


The power forward from the Los Angeles Clippers, Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the NBA post season.

Blake suffered a right big toe injury during the second quarter of Game 3 Friday night.

Clipper Nation have been down this road over and over. Last year, he aggravated a quad injury in Game 4 of the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers. It feels like the Clippers cannot find their mojo. There is always someone in a Clipper uniform that always gets injured. Maybe, its time to break up the “Big 3” in Lob City.

Doc Rivers Wants to Keep the Clippers Together

Doc Rivers wants to keep the core of the Clippers together this offseason.


Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will all be free agents this summer.

“Here’s my argument to (the question of whether all that luxury tax is worth it),” Rivers told USA TODAY Sports. “Let’s say we don’t win this year — which I think we will, (but) let’s say we don’t. Do you give up on a 50-win team that has proven that they’re really close (to winning it all), or do you hang in there and keep trying to maybe make changes around (the core)?

“I always use Utah as a great (example). Thank God Karl Malone and (John) Stockton didn’t listen to people, you know what I mean? They fell (in the playoffs), and kept trying and kept trying. And finally, late in their careers, they finally broke through to the Finals. They didn’t win it (all). But you know, that’s the pursuit. I just think it’s so easy to (say), ‘Hey, they should break up,’ from the outside. And I think that’s such an easy opinion.”

The Clippers could have $140 million in salaries and $56 million in luxury tax payments next season if they re-sign everyone.

What do you think the Clippers should do?