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“Game 8” against the Memphis Grizzlies

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2012 at 10:37 pm

The Los Angeles Clippers’ opening night against the Memphis Grizzlies all made sense after coming off a Game 7 win in the first round of the 2012 Playoffs. With a historical comeback in Game 1, the Clippers were able to take away the series with a road win in Game 7.

The Grizzlies had a bitter taste in their mouth that they wanted to wash away by breaking their 11 game winless streak on opening nights. They came prepared and hit first, but it wasn’t too long they would realize they needed more than just their starters to play well. The biggest difference in the game was perhaps the Clippers bench who outscored the Grizzlies by 49-17, 29 of which coming from Jamal Crawford on only 14 field goal attempts.

It wasn’t a lack of effort from the Grizzlies as they out rebounded the Clippers by 5, with 17 being offensive rebounds. They had one less turnover, shot better from the charity stripe, and had 12 more field goal attempts. The problem? A hyper-efficient Clipper team who shot 51.4% and a duo of Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe who were a combined 15-22 that added to 42 points. Lionel Hollins simply stated, “We had no answer for him (Jamal Crawford).” The Clippers’ bench continues to maintain and even extend the lead. They were considered as a deep bench on paper, even without injured players Grant Hill and Chauncey Billups, but now they’re proving it on the court.

Although it was a regular season game, it was still a physical battle, especially for Blake Griffin. He only scored 11 points on 10 attempts and grabbed 7 rebounds against Zach Randolph who continued to get under Griffn’s skin. Both received a technical after continuous encounters, including Randolph’s takedown of Griffin.

No Clipper played for more than 35 minutes, which only proves the depth of this team. Perhaps to the point where distributing minutes may be a cause for concern?

With only one game into the season, the future of this team is still in progress, but one thing that can be confirmed is the chemistry of this team. And chemistry only comes with a team that trusts and enjoys one another’s company.

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Clippers Always Under the Radar

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2012 at 3:15 am

As the NBA offseason is slowly coming to an end, the Clippers had quite a successful summer. Of course, it seemed as if nothing had changed when Vinny DelNegro was extended for another year, and Neil Olshey left for Portland. Things were still very Clipper-esque and seemed to be at a stop. But then, things started to change. 

Lamar Odom was acquired through a ship and trade with Mo Williams, who was traded to his first NBA team, the Utah Jazz. Next, it was Jamal Crawford, who decided to join the Clippers as a free agent, and surprisingly, along with Grant Hill, who’s best friend, Steve Nash, decided to join the Lakers. With Grant Hill’s career coming to an end, it was quite a powerful message to Clipper Nation as to how strongly he believes the Clippers can contend for a championship this upcoming season. One would think that having those three coming off the bench would be good enough, but it did not stop there. The Clips were also able to acquire Willie Green, Ryan Hollins, and Ronny Turiaf. Is there any other team, on paper, deeper than the Clippers right now? 

Want some more good news? Blake Griffin signed his extension for another 5 years and Chauncey Billups is healing much faster than anyone expected. Chris Paul, on the other hand, did not sign an extension, simply because he would be getting more money next year; it all makes sense. Calm down, Clipper Nation. Oh yes, and now, they have a GM who has been working with the Clipper organization for the past 18 years, Gary Sacks. 

Sure, Blake Griffin tore his meniscus and could not participate in this year’s Summer Olympics, but the most important part is that he is 100% right now and ready to go. Also, Chris Paul received surgery on his thumb, but will be back in no time. 

While all this was happening, there was not much buzz around the Clippers. The spotlight was on Dwight Howard, who brought his spotlight to L.A. Just not the Clippers, but rather the Lakers. With Dwight Howard on the other side of the Staples Center, people are assuming that the Lakers will win another championship this year and disregarding the Clippers, once again. Truth be told, the Lakers’ starting five is probably the best there is, but what about their bench? Chemistry? Coaching? I am being biased, only because I despise the Lakers, but really, nobody knows. Did anyone expect the Detroit Pistons to win the championship in 2004? Not a chance. 

So, who knows what will happen this season. Will the Heat win again? What about OKC? San Antonio? And why not, the Clippers? 

The excitement is coming and us, NBA fans, cannot wait any longer! 

NBA-craziness

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2011 at 2:48 am

The best way I can summarize yesterday is… the NBA went nuts!

Right when trades were allowed to take place, the whole league went bonkers. Constant news on Twitter popped up saying Caron Butler was traded to the Clippers, Shannon Brown to Phoenix, Big Baby to Orlando, Gilbert Arenas getting amnestied, ETC. Too many things to keep track of. However, the biggest trade that occurred yesterday was a 3-way trade between Hornets, Lakers, and Rockets with Chris Paul to the Lakers for Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol. There were a lot of positive reactions to this trade, but a lot of negative reactions as well. Sure, Chris Paul is arguably the best point guard in the league right now, but is he really worth Gasol and Odom? Without those two, the Lakers front court has completely disappeared. I doubt Bynum will be able to take care of things by himself when he can hardly control his anger. Which is why he’s being suspended for the first 5 games of the season after throwing Barea down to the ground in the playoffs last year. While I love the Clippers, I still support the Lakers, which is why I believe Chris Paul should not be traded to the Lakers in exchange for Odom and Gasol. I think Clippers would be a better fit for CP3, considering they don’t have a true point guard.

BUT, since David Stern vetoed the trade, I guess none of that really matters. For now…

As much as I love Dwight Howard, who’s already been out of the discussion for being traded to the Clippers, I have a hard time accepting him on the Clippers because…
1. I love Deandre Jordan, who’s just like a mini-Dwight Howard, and developing very quickly.
2. Eric Gordon is becoming one of the top shooting-guards in the league and is one of the most underrated SG’s as well.
3. I think Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin would clash in the front court. Yes, they would most likely be one of the most dominant front courts in the league, but if Dwight Howard comes, DJ and Eric are gone, meaning, the Clippers don’t have many other players to score.
So, I’m glad those trades did not happen.

We did get Caron Butler from Dallas. I can’t say much about him because I haven’t seen him play, but looking over his history, he’s been injured quite a bit. He’s never played a full season and is coming off a season-ending knee injury just last year. While he was healthy, he was definitely a great player, but if he’s someone who gets injured often I will definitely be disappointed. However, he did say to the media today that his knees were recovered and is no longer an issue. DJ Foster, the writer for Clippers.com, has been very against Caron Butler on the Clippers. While he admires him as a player, he believes he is not a good match for the team. But hopefully, he’s really fully healed and can help out the Clippers make the playoffs.

I’ve said this at the end of last year’s season, and I’ll say it again. I know the Clippers will make the playoffs this year. Yes, I’m a pretty die-hard fan for the Clippers and want the best for them, but I just have this gut feeling that it’s going to happen. I don’t even have to explain Blake Griffin. He is a motor that keeps running and he can’t be stopped. Okay… yes, he can, but he can only be better than last year, and the thought of that scares me. In a good way. We have DJ who took his abilities to a whole new level and proved to us that he can become a player like Dwight Howard in the future. Eric Gordon is a pure shooter who can make shots on demand. He goes hard to the basket and is a very physical player. Last, but not least, Mo Williams has experience under his belt and is a great outside shooter as well. Maybe they won’t be a top-seed, but at least and 8th seed is guaranteed.

Their schedule, as well as everyone else’s is rough, but they have young fresh legs… for the most part. So hopefully, it works to their advantage.

Christmas came a little early for us Clipper fans, who’ll be watching the Clippers take on the Golden State Warrios Christmas night! After about five months of no NBA, I’ve been waiting for this day to come! This is the first time in history the Clippers will be playing on Christmas Day. That’s what you call the Power of Blake. 

GO CLIPPERS!!!!

 

NBA is Back!

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2011 at 7:04 am

149 days of no NBA has been heck. Haven’t written in here in months because school has been so hectic and the only thing going on was the lockout, which I wrote an essay on. While I was writing that paper, I realized this is something I truly want to do. I’ve never enjoyed writing an essay so much.

Anyway… back to good news!

NBA IS BACK!!!!
I remember checking my twitter Friday night/early Saturday morning and seeing tweets by journalists saying the lockout was over. Never have I been so excited! Yes, it’s only a tentative agreement, and I still don’t like the owners, but bringing the NBA back on Christmas is the perfect gift.

Aside from all the lockout drama… I can finally start practicing writing articles, too! Just too excited…

MORE GOOD NEWS!

“Sources say” that the Clippers will do just about anything, besides trade Blake Griffin, to get Dwight Howard! Chris Paul is also considering the Clippers (NYK as his #1 choice). But either one of them on the Clippers. Guess who’s taking over L.A?!

Correct…

The Los Angeles Clippers

Issues Paper I wrote for my writing class

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2011 at 6:18 am

NBA Lockout: The Blame Game

            After 149 days of the NBA lockout, the war is over. The lockout officially ended early Saturday morning on November 26, 2011. Despite the anticipation of another amazing NBA season, when a battle between billionaires and millionaires struck, the billionaires were favored to come out on top. In the case of the NBA lockout, the owners held the 2011-2012 season to a halt due to disagreements on the Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA). Thirty team owners who have billions of dollars in their pockets selfishly, not only prevented the professional basketball players from making money, but also the arena workers, ticket sellers, janitors, ushers, and more. With millions of fans waiting for another great season of basketball, these egotistic men held onto their worldly desires. As a result of these money hungry businessmen, the players’ union took the NBA to court. With all the preseason games canceled in addition to more than twenty regular season games, millions of dollars were lost. Some believe the players were to blame for causing the lockout and the owners stood in the right position to take charge. However, in reality, the owners were to blame because of their selfishness, their actions of turning negotiations into threats, and taking advantage of their powers.

The longer the lockout continued the more people believed the players were to blame. Also, CNN polls reveal that the general public blamed the players over the owners. The lack of sympathy increased when these millionaire athletes demanded for more money. Likewise, “many of these consumers express such disgust with the bickering between two sets of very wealthy individuals that these customers promise to never purchase the industries’ outputs again” (Schmidt and Berri 346). As a result of the players’ greed, some argued, two and a half months of profit that could have been made have been lost. The fact that NBA players are the highest paid athletes in team sports contributed to the negative viewpoints they received from the fans. Many complained that these players also did not realize how good they had it. Despite the possible physical injuries that could have occurred, the players would still get paid 100% of the contract they signed. Moreover, with NBA owners claiming to have lost $300 million last year, the less money players are given will add up to less money being lost. Thus, many come to the conclusion that the players’ income should be reduced to increase the Basketball-Related Income (BRI) for owners, “which is a measure of the aggregate revenue produced by the league and its teams from sources such as ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, and broadcast revenue” (Kaplan 1624). Therefore, some say the copious amount of money being thrown out the window is a result from the selfishness of the players.

In addition to the selfishness of the players, some say the stubbornness of the players was prolonging the lockout. Many complaints have come from the players rejecting a 50-50 split of the BRI, epitomizing their stubbornness. All-time NBA scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also states his disappointment with the players’ rejection of an evenly split BRI by stating “I think they’ve gone a little bit too far. They might lose 5% or 6% of their salaries, but in today’s economic times, everybody’s dealing with something like that” (Falgoust). As a result of rejecting the proposal of a 50-50 deal, many fans were disgruntled by the players’ actions and complained that the players were playing for money and not for their love of the game. The players’ unwillingness to compromise and filing an antitrust suit against the NBA only increased the animosity towards the players. Consequently, the players’ actions of putting the whole season in jeopardy also chased away many fans from supporting the sport that once entertained a whole nation. Not only did the players receive the blame for the lockout, but also many began to side with the owners by taking into account that the owners took risks in investing into a sports team and deserve to have a higher percentage of the BRI. Thus, a number of people said the stubborn players were the cause of the lockout and did not deserve the fans’ support.

While there are believers of blaming the players, the owners were truly to blame for the lockout due to their selfishness. The various meetings held in place at an attempt to end the lockout has only demonstrated the owners’ stubborn and selfish traits. The owners locked out the players in hopes of reducing their income and would not end it until they negotiated a deal in the owners’ favor. Although jeopardizing the whole season hurt the owners, they knew the players would be hurting more without their paychecks. Similarly, “history shows missed games won’t hurt the sport… that makes it easy to see why the owners- who claim 22 of the 30 NBA teams lose money and that the sport lost about $300 million last year- are willing to risk short-term anger and bad press to get what they want from the players. They’re betting the long-term damage will be minimal… the owners are demanding the players take a big cut in the 57% share of league revenue they earned in the last deal; the players say they won’t accept less than 53%. The owners, knowing the fans will come back, can afford to wait until the players cave” (Mamudi). An advantage the owners had over the players was time; the owners were able to last much longer because they have deeper pockets and “knowing that the cash will start pouring in once the games begin, the owners have few reasons to conclude a deal until they’ve gotten exactly what they want” (Mamudi). When the owners offered the players a 50-50 BRI percentage, some owners still hoped the players would reject the offer in hopes of increasing their BRI further. Hence, magnifying the selfishness of the owners and their unwillingness to compromise despite the money being lost and the thousands of unemployed arena workers.

In addition, these selfish actions led to more stubborn owners, more games missed, and more money lost. The players may possibly lose $1- $2 billion by negotiating a BRI split between 49% to 51%- a six to eight percent decrease from the previous CBA. This “compromise” only satisfies the owners because it benefits the owners and the league with a guaranteed $1 billion, if not $2 billion in the next ten years. Until the players caved, the owners would not have accepted anything less than a band of 49% to 51%. History also shows that the owners always come out to be the winners at the end of a lockout. The previous lockout, in 1998-1999, in “terms of the new CBA, the owners appear to have scored a major win” (Ringold 124). Many viewed the lockout as a fight between “greedy owners and greedy players;” however, it was “a fight between selfish owners and selfish owners” (LeBatard 2). While the players demonstrated their desire to play the game by holding multiple charity events during the lockout, some players felt the owners were not showing the players’ union the same purpose. Utah Jazz’s Raja Bell stated that the players “made concessions [and] tried to get to a position where the owners would meet us. It seems like every inch we give up, they ask for another one” (LeBatard 3). When the lockout should have been a time to negotiate, the owners have continuously demonstrated their reluctance to make a fair compromise. Therefore, the owners are at fault for the lockout due to their stubborn, inconsiderate selves.
Correspondingly, the owners’ foolish negotiations emphasized why the blame belonged to them. Throughout the lockout, the owners have constantly complained about the overwhelming salaries the players have been receiving. However, the owners are the ones offering the players the copious amount of money. In the past, many players have been offered a great amount of money in hopes of reaching their expectations, but failed; thus, owners lost millions of dollars that could have been invested into a more efficient player. Moreover, the power the owners have in controlling a player’s salary can save millions of dollars. Another factor contributing to their foolish actions of overpaying athletes is the “pride in fielding the most competitive team possible, simply because they want to win championships” which in turn, results in a more expensive team (Grow 195). While the league should be equal in competitiveness with all teams having a chance at winning a championship, the NBA is slowly turning into a monopoly, where the owners are taking over. The power that the owners have with their billions of dollars led to a corrupt system. Ultimately, the choices of the owners have led the NBA into a lockout and a loss in millions of dollars.

Another reason the owners are to blame is because they turned, what should be negotiations, into threats. As soon as the lockout started on July 1, 2011, many felt threatened by the owners when they stated that the cancellation of a whole season was being jeopardized. Knowing that they own the league, the owners took control and continued to hurt the players until they surrendered. A major threat the owners hoped would prevail was the “take it or leave it” attitude when offering the players a 50% BRI and nothing higher. In addition, once the players rejected this offer, the next highest would be lowered to a 47%. Stern, as a representative of the owners, said himself, “We’re finished negotiating. As a matter of labor law, we’re obligated to meet and negotiate and stay at the table generally. We’ve told the players that after 2 1/2 years of negotiating, this last offer is where we find ourselves — and our next negotiations are going to begin off of the 47%” (Zillgitt). What should be negotiations turned into giving the players no choice but to accept what the owners offered. These continuous threats and imposing deadlines only angered the players’ union and eventually led them to decertify the league, further increasing the chances of a lost season. Consequently, following the decertification, David Stern, the commissioner of the NBA, called it the beginning of a “nuclear winter” with all optimism lost at a chance of an NBA season.

Also, the threats inflicted by the owners led to a broken relationship between the players and owners. These constant threats led to less trust with the owners and a more disassociated union. Imposing deadlines pressured the players to accept or reject an offer without enough time to compromise. Moreover, the owners did not give the players fair options, but gave them one bad choice, or a worse choice. After multiple failed bargaining sessions with the owners, the players finally filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league calling the lockout an “illegal group boycott.” Threats by the owners have been proven to be a tactic in the past as well. In the previous lockout, the NBA’s Individual Caps for rookies’ and veterans’ salaries “were instituted as a two-tiered attack on player salaries” (Kaplan 1626). The owners have taken control of the salaries for these athletes, yet, they continued to blame the players for being greedy in being paid too much and locked out the players. Likewise, the owners take away from the players to make up for their own losses. With analysis from previous lockouts, “the consumers’ threat [to never go back to the NBA] has not been credible. In fact, in almost all instances attendance immediately rebounded in the year following the labor conflict” (Berri and Schmidt 356). Thus, explaining why the owners have been locking out the players more frequently in professional sports. Furthermore, the owners’ actions have further emphasized why they were to blame for the lockout.

Lastly, more blame was put on the owners because they took advantage of their powers over the league and the players. With the billions of dollars the owners have in their pockets, the players need them in order to continue their careers as athletes. Although the players are disconnected with the owners, the players need them to maintain the financial responsibilities of the league. Therefore, the owners have an advantage over the players where the players need the owners more than the owners need the players. Not only do the owners have control over the players, but they also affect their local economies. Studies find that professional sports can enhance the local economies, therefore, “work stoppages in professional sports should have harmful effects on the economies of the region that are home to franchises” (Coates and Humphreys 746). Likewise, mayors from 14 NBA cities wrote letters to the NBA, “imploring them to end the lockout. ‘Lost in the debate over a new NBA collective bargaining agreement,’ the letter reads, ‘has been the perspective [of city] residents and the negative impact a cancelled season might have on them, our cities, and our local economies” (Sean). Having the knowledge that they influence, not only the league, but also their communities, contributes to their pride and selfishness in winning this battle. Hence, strengthening the reasons on why the owners should be blamed for the lockout.

Having the title of an owner influences them to take control of the situation and do not negotiate in good faith. Michael Jordan, known as the greatest basketball player, is now the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. The once superstar athlete, who demanded for higher salary, now states that players these days are being paid too much and that the owners should not budge from a 50-50 split in BRI. Big-name players in the NBA “are quite important for generating revenue, not only for their own teams but for other teams as well… the value of Michael Jordan to the other NBA teams [was] approximately $53 million” (Hausman and Leonard 586). Sadly, the owners disregard the importance of their athletes, who generate a great amount of revenue, and continue to monopolize the league. While “independent ownership of sports teams is necessary for the public to have confidence that games are not fixed,” the owners have taken their ownership to a level that proves that there has been a “history of abusive labor practices by professional spots owners” (Grow 194, 203-204). With the power and influence they have, the owners’ tendency to treat the players like their toys increases and in return, receive hateful comments, such as being called a “plantation owner.” Because the owners were negotiating in bad faith, they deserve the fingers to be pointed at them.

Additionally, the advantages the owners possess create a parasitic relationship. Due to the owners’ ability to create a more cohesive unit, they used it to their advantage against the players. The various bargaining sessions, some going over twelve hours at a time, revealed that the owners were united behind Stern, while the players consisted of different ages, experience, affluence, and location. As a result of the owners’ united front, the players were pressured to create the best deal, while also receiving pressure from agents and sponsors. Also, the media has brought constant attention to the players and how wealthy they are, but the owners were able to hide from the public and not receive much blame. The owners’ ability to form a parasitic relationship, where they continually take from the players and give nothing back in return represents animals in a zoo. People come to watch the animals and are the main attractions, but do not get paid. Furthermore, the history of professional sports’ leagues points out, “team owners have implemented unilateral, abusive labor practices without consulting the player unions” (Grow 207). The unfairness of this relationship only created more tension with the players and prolonged the lockout.

Some believe the players were to blame for causing the lockout and the owners stood in the right position to take charge. However, in reality, the owners were to blame because of their selfishness, their actions of turning negotiations into threats, and taking advantage of their powers. After sixty-five years of bringing basketball into the lives of the American people, the National Basketball Association stands as one of the greatest sports in history. However, while the lockout took place, fans started to despise these millionaires and billionaires for their greed. The more the fans looked into the problems of the lockout, the more they believed the players were to blame. Despite the opinions of disappointed fans, the owners were truly to blame for the cause of the lockout. Considering the history of previous NBA lockouts and the lockouts of other national sports, the owners always took charge and negotiated in bad faith until they were the winners. In the case of NBA owners, with the billions of dollars they already have in their pockets, they will only demand for more and always come out as winners. Thankfully, the players and owners came up with a “compromise,” mostly benefiting the owners, and ended the lockout. Now, the die-hard fans that have been waiting for a great season receive an early Christmas present with games starting on Christmas Day.

Unlock this Lockout

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

The summer is too long of a break for no basketball. However, this is why I want to become a sports journalist. Particularly an NBA journalist. Despite the lockout, the media never stops looking for new updates on these athletes, which has made the summer a little bearable. I constantly look for updates on the Clippers, but more importantly, Blake Griffin. Hahaha …

Anyway, I am a biased person when it comes to Blake Griffin, but I do not commend him for things he has not done. Throughout his rookie season, all he has done was prove to the world that he is better than the hype. He is constantly working out and improving his jump shots over the summer while also putting up scholarship events and basketball camps. All of this and he is only 22 years old. Articles are out talking about how Clippers are a favorite on making the playoffs next season (if there is one) and how “Blake Griffin 2.0” is on the way. Like Charles Barkley stated during the 2011 Dunk Contest (paraphrased): The scary thing is, he doesn’t even know how to play yet. He is playing purely on talent. Once he knows how to play and how the game works, it’s gonna be scary.
How exciting does that sound?! People say Blake Griffin is overhyped, but when he comes out and proves to all the doubters that he has potential to become the best, their mouths will be stapled shut.

Hopefully this lockout will soon be over so I can write more things about the Clippers and Blake Griffin…

Lockout

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm

As everyone already knows, the NBA has been in a lockout for the past couple weeks now. I never understood what exactly was going on business-wise in this organization but apparently everybody else saw it coming. And as much as I don’t know about the lockout, I get a feeling that it will not last too long into the regular season, if at all. But then again, what do I know?

I find it to be a little annoying at the fact that teammates and coaches cannot talk to each other during this lockout. Practices cannot be held, meaning the teams, especially the Clippers, cannot build MORE chemistry over the summer. While many say the Clippers cannot make the playoffs this upcoming year, there are others who believe they will; obviously the doubters haven’t been watching enough of the Clippers last season. It’s hard to say what path these athletes will go down if the lockout continues, but many players have been considering playing in other countries. I’ve been trying to look up all the articles regarding the Clippers and Blake Griffin and came across a very pro-Clippers predictions for the next season. Of course, I loved it because there were only positives, but I am still aware that it will take a lot of hard work. Still, a girl can dream, right?
Here’s the article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/765253-bold-predictions-for-the-los-angeles-clippers-for-2011-12

Here I am complaining about the NBA lockout, while Blake Griffin and others try to entertain themselves by playing Jenga and offering their services for just $9,000,000.99.


The media claims that Blake Griffin is the most boring person to talk to… obviously not. This guy has a sense of humor and can joke around just as well as Dwight Howard! These players always find a way to make my day and keep that NBA hole in my heart filled.

P.S. Congratulations to Blake Griffin for winning the ESPY award for Breakout Athlete!

Welcome to the LA Clippers

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2011 at 8:14 am

Travis Leslie & Trey Thompkins!!!!!!

I’ve never seen you guys play, but I’m definitely excited to be writing about new people on my blog!

He’s like a mini Blake Griffin!

 

 

Off-Season Workouts

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2011 at 7:39 am

No playing around for the Clippers. They have a team full of players who are committed to get better and make the playoffs next year. With non-mandatory workouts already starting, the Clippers have majority of the team practicing and working out together. Usually, other teams would only have a couple players come in, but the Clippers are a whole different story. They are willing to sacrifice their summer in sunny L.A. and only get better for next season, despite the possibility of a lock-out.  This will only help them get better and grow better chemistry with each other.

Clippers extended a qualifying offer to DeAndre Jordan, making him a free agent
Also exercised a fourth year option with Blake Griffin and third year options for Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe.

This article by D.J. Foster says it all:

http://www.nba.com/clippers/features/offseason-workouts-110615.html

 

This is where people come in and prove that “Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard.”

 

 

The End 2010-2011 Season

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2011 at 6:25 am

Did I call it or did I call it?? Dallas deserved that championship more than anyone else! I feel bad for Lebron James for getting all this hate, but I’m sure they’ll win one sooner or later.

Anyway… today is the ending of the 2010-2011 NBA Season and the playoffs were extremely interesting and a bit unpredictable this year; they were fun nonetheless.

Now, it’s back to work for the next season…