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The possibility of impermissible contact between Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and four-time All-Star#xa0;Paul George#xa0;is at the heart of an NBA probe into possible tampering, according to an ESPN report.
The#xa0;Indiana Pacers#xa0;filed tampering charges with the NBA against the Lakers, and the league issued a statement Sunday saying a probe is underway.
The Clippers, continuing to revamp their front office, have offered the general manager’s job to Michael Winger from Oklahoma City, according to an NBA official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Winger previously was an assistant general manager and team counsel for the Thunder...
After a slow week, a double-length Friday episode.
In today’s episode of the Locked on Clippers podcast, I continue playing catch-up on free agency grades and retrospectives, and take looks at the Clippers’ 2018 schedule and the future of French prospect David Michineau. To make up for a lack of shows this week, today’s episode is twice the normal length.
Listen to the show here, or in the embed below.
BIG3 was at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the final week of its inaugural season, with multiple teams fighting for remaining playoff spots.
BIG3 was at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the final week of its inaugural season, with multiple teams fighting for remaining playoff spots. The most interesting matchup of the day, however, had to be the four-point shootout between rapper and BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube and polarizing self-proclaimed "Big Baller" LaVar Ball. Here is your Week 8 recap, with special focus on former Los Angeles Clippers in the league.Ice Cube 2, LaVar Ball 1
LaVar Ball, the father of Laker rookie Lonzo Ball, has made headlines for months with his self-aggrandizing and exaggerated claims regarding his basketball prowess. The elder Ball played one season at Washington State, where he averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebound per game. Remarkably, these unimpressive statistics have not stopped Ball from claiming that "back in his heyday" he could "kill Michael Jordan one-on-one," or from taking potshots at NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.
Ice Cube initially challenged the big-mouthed Ball to make one of the BIG3 league’s patented four-point shots back in May, and committed to buying 10 pairs of son Lonzo’s signature Big Baller Brand sneakers if the shot hit.May 24, 2017
Ball formally accepted the challenge on Friday.August 11, 2017
Ultimately, but not surprisingly, Cube came out on top, sinking two four-pointers to Ball’s one. Big Baller? Indeed.
LaVar Ball vs Ice Cube 4-point shot challenge -- Ice Cube wins pic.twitter.com/F40eKEqARb— Jovan Guillermo Buha (@jovanbuha) August 14, 2017 Game 1: Ghost Ballers 50, 3 Headed Monsters 33
In the first of two surprise victories in Week 8, Ghost Ballers beat 3 Headed Monsters to secure the number four-seed in the upcoming playoffs. Ricky Davis and Mike Bibby both had 13 points and 4 assists for Ghost Ballers. Bibby ends the regular season leading the league in assists (30), assists per game (3.8), and four-point field goals (4).
Rashard Lewis led all scorers with 18 points for 3 Headed Monsters, topping off a fantastic individual season. Lewis ends his BIG3 debut having earned top honors in total points (170) and points per game (21.3). The Monsters clinched the two-seed last week, and with the loss in Week 8 end the season 6-2.Game 2: Tri-State 51, Power 42
Led by Mike James’ 17 points and Bonzi Wells’ 8 rebounds, Tri State earned its third win of the season, beating Power 51-42. DeShawn Stevenson scored 22 of Power’s 42 points in the losing effort. Cuttino Mobley also had a solid showing for Power, adding 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Rasual Butler contributed 2 points and 2 blocks.
Power secured the three-seed in the playoffs despite the loss, via Ball Hogs’ shocking upset over 3’s Company.Game 3: Ball Hogs 50, 3’s Company 47
Rick Barry’s Ball Hogs entered Week 8 with the worst record in the league (1-6), yet pulled off a remarkable upset of 3’s Company, spoiling the latter’s playoff aspirations. Xavier Silas scored 20 points and pulled down 5 boards to lead the Ball Hogs to victory. Josh Childress added 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, and Derrick Byars also hit double figures with 11 points.
Trilogy beat Killer 3’s 50 to 41, finishing the season undefeated and as the number one seed going into the playoffs. Rashad McCants led Trilogy with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Al Harrington also impressed with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Kenyon Martin contributed 2 points and 4 rebounds in 7 minutes of play. Reggie Evans, who did not play in the contest, nonetheless ended the season leading the league in total rebounds (87) and rebounds per game (12.4).
Killer 3’s were led by Brian Cook and Stephen Jackson. Cook scored 17 points on 7 for 11 shooting, while Jackson added 16 points and 9 rebounds. Notably, Charles Oakley hit the hardwood for the first time this season in this game, and it was nothing short of spectacular. Oakley had 4 personal fouls in 8 minutes, including a flagrant.
Same ole Oak. pic.twitter.com/forYah6K7E— Ice Cube (@icecube) August 14, 2017 Next Up: Playoffs!
BIG3 Playoffs begin next week at Key Arena in Seattle. The top four teams will compete for the championship title, the bottom four teams will battle for consolation ranking. The championship round is scheduled for August 26 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Diamond Stone had a brief and inglorious stint with the LA Clippers, playing a grand total of 24 minutes in the NBA.
Key Clipper Facts:
· Appeared in 7 regular season games for the Clippers (none in playoffs), totaling up 24 minutes for the season
· Averaged 1.4 points and 0.9 rebounds per game, shooting 23.1% from the field
· Waived by Hawks on July 31, and is currently unsigned
Diamond Stone had virtually no expectations going into his rookie season. As a second round pick on a contending team, with four veterans ahead of him on the depth chart, Stone was basically guaranteed a spot on the bench from the start of the season. Clippers’ fans hoped he would stand out in garbage time, and play well in the D-League. Low expectations to be sure.
Even with the various injuries the Clippers sustained throughout the season, Stone never saw real minutes. Worse, he barely even played in garbage time, and when he did, he didn’t look particularly good. Admittedly, it’s tough to stand out in just a couple of minutes, especially when a game is decided and nobody is really playing hard-- but it was still disappointing. Stone played well enough in his 13 D-League games, and showed flashes of NBA ready skills. However, there were murmurs of attitude issues, and of trouble with coaches in Santa Cruz (borne out by the Hawks cutting Stone: their new GM Travis Schlenk was the assistant GM for Golden State, the NBA parent affiliation of Santa Cruz). While it’s difficult to know whether Stone is actually a tough player to coach, even small problems can be the final nail in the coffin of an NBA career for a fringe player.
In one sense, Diamond Stone will leave no Clippers’ legacy behind. He barely played for the team, and wasn’t a heralded pick who busted. He was just another miss in the second round of the draft, one who most Clippers’ fans didn’t have high expectations for in the first place. If it weren’t for jokes about his pornstar-esque name, in a couple years, most people would probably forget that Stone ever played for the Clips.
Looking at it from a different perspective, Stone’s failure to differentiate himself from the rest of the pack of Clippers’ recent draft picks is yet another indictment of the Clips’ roster construction during the Chris Paul era. It’s hard to get rotation players out of second round and late first round picks. That fact has been repeated ad nauseam over and over by people who (correctly) weren’t optimistic about any of the Stone-Michineau-Dawson-Bullock-Wilcox crew panning out. However, that doesn’t make the failures any less disappointing. Good teams who are sustainable in the long run get some value out of those types of picks. The Clippers’ utter failure to do so (though they did acquire Austin Rivers for Bullock) is just one of the reasons why the Chris Paul era ended without a Western Conference Finals appearance. Diamond Stone is not to blame for that, nor was he as an individual draft selection a particularly poor choice. Sadly, he was merely emblematic of a problem that has haunted the Clippers for the past six years.
I hope Diamond Stone has a long and prosperous career, whether in the NBA or overseas. Good luck to him!
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr.'s voice rose as three big-screen televisions played slow-motion drone footage of the desolate blocks along West Century Boulevard where the Clippers want to explore building an arena.
“That we're even discussing this is like being in the twilight zone,” Butts said...
Here are 10 Clippers games you cannot afford to miss this season.
Every NBA offseason presents a new set of narratives and storylines surrounding so many teams, and this one has been no exception. Major trades took place, notable free agents departed, and many organizations made significant culture changes. Today the NBA released its 2017-18 schedule, and we couldn’t be more excited for all 82 here at Clips Nation. We know you are too, but if you can’t catch them all, here are 10 Clippers games you must mark on your calendar.
October 19th: L.A. Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers
This will be the first game of the regular season for both teams, and the first of 31 nationally-broadcasted games for the Clippers. Presented by TNT, it will be the first glimpse for the NBA world of two teams who have each had a very busy offseason. The new-look Clippers are without Chris Paul, but acquired some key players in Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, and Milos Teodosic. The Lakers are now without D’Angelo Russell, but drafted 2nd-overall pick Lonzo Ball and added free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Clippers and Lakers will both be in the running during 2018 free agency and have 82 games to make their case. Though the Clippers are much further along in their overall journey, the “Battle for L.A.” narratives begin on this night, so don’t miss it!
October 21st: L.A. Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns
While the Suns might be far less formidable an opponent than any other team on this list, it’s the home-opener for the Clippers. Clippers fans have had a nervous tension for the last couple of seasons because of the urgency for Lob City to get to the Finals, and to get started immediately. Well, this season’s Clippers team is far different, sporting a new identity and more youth. They took a bit of a step back, but this season will be all about jelling and playing with a new offensive mentality. For all the raucous fans in attendance, and for those at home, it will be the first chance to watch all the new faces bring some fun and breathe some life back into meaningful games on the Clippers’ home court. The first Gallinari bucket, the first Beverley steal, and the first Teodosic lob will all have fans in a frenzy. Let’s just hope Devin Booker doesn’t put up 70 points and spoil all the fun.
October 30th: L.A. Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors
The rivalry between the Clippers and Warriors will live on for quite some time. The reigning champs are expected to steamroll the rest of the league this season, so that rivalry is pretty lopsided right now. But the Clippers have a team that the Warriors haven’t seen before, and while there’s no denying who’s favored, there will be some unique mismatches. It will, at the very least, be stylistically unpredictable for the Clippers. We know exactly what the Warriors will bring. But the Clippers have stocked-up on youth, size, and defensive energy to now give themselves a chance. And who knows, maybe they’ll get lucky.
November 13th: L.A. Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
This season, the next phase of the “Trust the Process” movement begins for the 76ers. Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz will make their NBA debuts, and Joel Embiid is expected to be at full health by the start of the season. They’ve been bad for quite some time, but this team is loaded with young talent and is expected to take a pretty big leap. It will also be the return to L.A. for J.J. Redick, who could give Clippers guards problems all night. Expect this to be a close and competitive game, as point forwards Griffin and Simmons face off.
December 6th: L.A. Clippers @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Perhaps no team took a bigger leap this offseason than the Timberwolves. After trading for Jimmy Butler for pennies on the dollar, as well as signing Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson, they figure to be a perennial playoff team as long as their core remains together. And that’s a core that includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Gorgui Dieng. This game will be a must-watch beyond its playoff implications, because it will mean the return of fan-favorite Jamal Crawford to the Clippers home court. He will, no doubt, receive a warm welcome from the home crowd, but it should be a gritty, competitive matchup.
December 22nd: L.A. Clippers @ Houston Rockets
This game just can’t arrive soon enough. It might be the most anticipated of all of the Clippers’ games this season because it is the rare type that presents equal parts competition and narrative. Chris Paul and Luc Mbah a Moute, Clippers last season, are now Rockets. Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, and Lou Williams, Rockets last season, are now Clippers. Also, it features Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, James Harden, Danilo Gallinari, and two very competitive head coaches. All the stories about the animosity have probably been blown way out of proportion. But you just know sparks are going to fly because of all the hype, so get your popcorn for this one.
January 15th: L.A. Clippers vs. Houston Rockets
It cannot be overstated just how immensely important Chris Paul was to the Clippers and the Los Angeles community. When Paul arrived in town back in 2011, he brought a wealth of basketball intelligence and the leadership to match. Blake Griffin was the first face of change for the Clippers, but Paul was the guy who pushed them into contention. He propelled them to six straight seasons in the playoffs, equally impactful at both ends of the floor all the while. His high character and philanthropic nature made him such an important figure in Los Angeles, and it was tough for Clippers fans to see him go. His charitable endeavors are still alive and well in the community, and it should be noted that his departure was not an ugly one. He and the Clippers both needed change and moved on in the best way possible. He should receive a standing ovation from the fans at Staples Center, for everything he did for the Clippers organization to help make it the destination it is today.
January 24th: L.A. Clippers vs. Boston Celtics
Just about any game featuring the Celtics is must-watch television because they play with a level of intensity and emotion that is very uncommonly exhibited from an entire roster. Brad Stevens, a master motivator and tactician, lost Avery Bradley but now has Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum in his arsenal. Everyone in their starting five can score with versatility, making them a very dangerous team this year. They are deep and full of youth, and this will be a tough one for the Clippers. Most importantly, though, it will be exciting television.
March 9th: L.A. Clippers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
It’s always must-watch television when LeBron James is present. This one is a Friday night matchup in Los Angeles and it’s on NBA TV, so it should be a star-studded event. The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a turbulent offseason, but they’re still the favorites in the East until someone proves otherwise. Kyrie Irving may also be in another uniform by this game, and who knows what other changes will be made by then. This game will also take place about a month ahead of the end of the regular season, so the LeBron-is-leaving-town rumors should be ramping up pretty heavily.
March 30th: L.A. Clippers @ Portland Trail Blazers
The Clippers and Blazers have formed a pretty solid rivalry in recent years. In almost every game between the two, some chippiness occurs between either players or head coaches. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum always play like they’ve got something to prove, and Jusuf Nurkic will have had nearly a full season with the Blazers by this date. And don’t sleep on late first round selection Caleb Swanigan, who could become a very impactful rotation player during the season. What will make this game most exciting, though, are the playoff implications. This matchup could end up being the difference in each team either making the playoffs or snagging a favorable seed. Either way, it won’t disappoint.
With the 2017-2018 NBA schedule fully released, here is a run-through of all the important parts of the Clippers’ upcoming season.
The announcement of schedules is always greeted with a lot of fanfare, mostly due to timing— there is very little other NBA news in the middle of August. That said, the schedule is important, and matters a great deal for both a team’s record and for its visibility to fans. Especially crucial is the national television schedule, as those games draw the most eyeballs, and can be huge in generating buzz for a team.
I was prepared for the Clippers to lose a lot of nationally televised games. Even with Blake Griffin returning, I thought the loss of Chris Paul would put a severe dent in the Clippers’ “national recognition”, scaring away ESPN and TNT. However, that is not the case at all: The Clippers have 31 games on national television (counting NBATV), the seventh highest number in the NBA. They will have 12 games on NBATV, 10 games on ESPN, and 9 on TNT. That’s substantial, and while NBATV isn’t nearly as big a deal as the other stations, it’s nice to know the Clips have mass appeal. Unfortunately, they won’t be granted any ABC games (Paul’s Rockets have six), but cracking almost 20 between TNT and ESPN combined is quite good.
The NBA season is starting over a week earlier than last year in an effort to grant teams more rest during the season. This has resulted in eliminating all “four games in five days” situations, and lowering the number of back to backs. The Clippers only have 14 back to back games this season, down from 18 last season— though 14 is still far too high. Eight of those are in the first two months of the season, which should grant the Clippers a respite as the season winds down.
While the Clippers start off the season playing eight of their first nine games at home, their fortune immediately reverses with an identical stretch on the road. While the early home schedule does feature a showdown with Golden State, the rest of those first nine games aren’t incredibly challenging: The Clippers will face the Lakers, Mavericks, and Suns, amongst others. The next sequence is mixed, as it starts off with road games at San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and Cleveland, all very tough games. However, the final three road contests are against the Knicks, Hawks, and Kings, all of whom should be in the lottery next season. The Clippers’ schedule in April is also easy, with five of their final six games at home. This should grant the Clippers an ability to make up ground down the stretch, which could be huge if they are jockeying for a playoff spot.
Other notable facts:
· The Clippers’ longest road trip is five games, from November 7th to the 15th.
· Their longest homestretch is six games, from February 28th to March 10th.
· They are going to travel 50,725 miles this season, sixth most in the NBA. As airplane flights have gotten more and more luxurious over time, this shouldn’t be a huge deal, but it can still be a factor as the season goes along.
· The Clippers will play every Western Conference team four times except for the Mavericks, Nuggets, Thunder, and Spurs. This is very good news. The Spurs and Thunder should be two of the best teams in the Conference, and the Nuggets will probably be dangerous as well. The less the Clippers play those teams, the better. Even better, two of the three games against the Nuggets are at home, meaning they play only one game at mile-high altitude.
· Reunions: The Clippers will play J.J. Redick and the Sixers for the first time on November 13th (at home), Jamal Crawford and the Wolves on December 3rd (away), and Chris Paul on December 22nd. That first game against the Rockets is on ESPN, and Chris Paul’s return to Staples Center will be on TNT (January 15th). Jamal’s first time back at Staples, on December 6th, will also be on ESPN.
· January is the Clippers’ toughest month (strength of schedule of 0.552), with two games against Golden State, and one against Houston, OKC, Utah, Minnesota, and Boston.
Preseason is now only a month and a half away. While the rest of August and most of September should be quiet, Clippers’ basketball will be here before you know it!
When the NBA unveiled its full slate of games Monday for the 2017-18 season, the league made sure to jump-start things with marquee players in marquee games early in the season.
And for those fans in Los Angeles, the NBA put the trending Lakers and Lonzo Ball against the steady Clippers and Blake...