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Paul Pierce Interview: 2016 Los Angeles Clippers Media Day

Paul Pierce represents the last of the hoopers who came from the under-appreciated 90’s era of Los Angeles County basketball.

Many stars emerged during that period, and Schea Cotton was one of the brightest. He was LeBron before LeBron, having the physicality to match his high baseball I.Q., and projected to make the NBA while still in junior high. Fans watched him dominate his contemporaries, and corporations gifted him products in hopes he’d one day endorse them as an NBA player.

Since his dream of making it to the NBA fell short, some of his peers in the basketball fraternity do not treat him with the respect of an originator.

RunTheTriangle.com spoke exclusively with Schea Cotton in the series Higher about his riveting story, and the one person that is too busy being Inglewood to be Hollywood, Cotton’s former K-Swiss Pacers teammate, Paul Pierce.

“That’s my dude, P-Squared,” said Cotton.
“They try to floss on me and be Hollywood when they see me in the city, I have a lot of respect and adoration for Paul because he’s kept it 100 all the way through with me.”

Similar to the hip-hop genre, the New York boroughs and parks are considered somewhat of a blacktop Mecca. But Los Angeles and its suburbs like Inglewood and Compton have birthed perennial all-stars, leading to the Venice Beach and Drew League’s tournaments increasing in notoriety and media attention. Nobody wants to miss the next big thing out of So-Cal.

Pierce and Cotton represent the legacies of the championship basketball pedigree in Los Angeles. Cotton ran pickup games with Magic Johnson at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. He and Paul Pierce met along the basketball circuit, and they would go on to battle each other for years in amateur tournaments.

What few know is that the assembling
2007-2008 Boston Celtics by current Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers was not the first time Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were teammates. They joined forces in the 90’s during a Las Vegas tournament to successfully dethrone Cotton.

The 2016 Los Angels Clippers Media Day was the last of Pierce’s storied career. Watch as he uses the moment to reveal the truth about Schea Cotton and his appearance in the biographic documentary “Manchild” The Schea Cotton Story: A Dream Deferred.

Juwan Howard Reveals A Secret About His Hair

Juwan Howard was a member of the famed 1991-92 University of Michigan Fab Five. He’s an NBA champion, all-star, and currently serves as assistant coach with the Miami Heat.

He briefly returned to the headlines recently when a Memphis newspaper misprinted his photo as David Fizdale, the head coach new hire for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Not only was Howard instrumental in ushering in a new generation of basketball fashion, popularizing cutoff t-shirts underneath jerseys and black shoes with ankle-socks, he is well known for his consistent haircuts which boasted the ever coveted defined waves.

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To quote Pomona, CA Emcee Suga Free, Howard’s waves are deeper than Redondo Beach.

His edge-ups were so crispy they looked painted on. Young men across the country were inspired to scurry about for the right product/brush combination that would too, make their hair steadily dip.

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In this 2010 exclusive interview with the California Crusader newspaper, Juwan Howard makes a startling revelation about his celebrated hair waves.

L.A. Clippers Foundation partner with Vision To Learn

From the Clippers Communications Department

The L.A. Clippers Foundation and Vision To Learn, a non-profit provider of free eye exams and free glasses to students in low-income communities, announced today a partnership to meet the vision needs of all students in the Inglewood School District.

The L.A. Clippers Foundation and Vision To Learn program will launch in January with a distribution of glasses at Inglewood High School, and will provide vision services to all 12,000 students in the 20 Inglewood elementary, middle and high schools. Every student will receive an eye screening by school nurses and Rotary Club volunteers; those who fail the screening will receive a free eye exam and free glasses from Vision To Learn.

A Clippers-branded Mobile Eye Clinic will be created for the screenings at the Inglewood schools. Screenings began in November and glasses distribution will be completed for all Inglewood students by the end of the current school year.

During tonight’s Clippers vs. Bucks game at STAPLES Center, Vision To Learn students will participate in a special on-court presentation and the Clippers Mobile Eye Clinic is set to be displayed.

About Vision To Learn

Founded in 2012 in Los Angeles, Vision To Learn provides children with free eye exams and free glasses by bringing its mobile eye clinics to schools and to other neighborhood youth and community organizations. Kids’ vision issues often go undetected, with as many as one in five children lacking the ability to see clearly. Students with impaired vision can struggle to read a book, study math, see the board, or even participate in class – all of which can result in poor grades and adversely affect academic achievement. Vision To Learn alters these outcomes by coordinating screenings for children, and supplying those in need with eye exams and glasses – an age-old yet critical tool for success. Vision To Learn solves a problem affecting as many as 1.5 million children nationwide who lack the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, study math or participate in class. Kids in low-income communities and minorities are disproportionately affected. More than 89% of kids served by Vision To Learn live in poverty and 87% are kids of color.

OUR CALLING: CLIPPERS FOUNDATION

Every day, we’ll make a positive difference to a child in L.A.

To meet this commitment, the L.A. Clippers Foundation will first understand their educational environments, from classroom to playground to living room, in communities across Southern California.

The greatest resource of the Clippers Foundation is inspiration, channeled from our players, organization and Clipper Nation. Our greatest tool is investment, through singular grants that set a new benchmark in actual funds and true transparency. Our greatest gift is mobilizing contribution and commitment from everyone we call Partner, including colleagues, corporate sponsors and the community at large.

In every way, our mission is to inspire a child to make a positive difference in their L.A.

For more information on the Clippers Foundation, visit www.clippers.com/Foundation

Young Wants Lakers To Get Act Together

The ordinarily comical Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young was sharply critical and disappointed with his Los Angeles Lakers team following a 103-91 loss to the (then) winless  Philadelphia 76ers.

“All I know is the circus came to town today and we did what we normally do,” said Young, referring to the increased media attention and arena demonstrations to honor Kobe Bryant following his retirement announcement.

The irony of Young, who is in a high-profile relationship with pop music artist Iggy Azalea, being concerned with distractions is that it was he who last season interrupted a post-game interview following a victory which ended up on Kobe Bryant’s Summer Jam screen on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

But after a season of being publicly scolded by Byron Scott for lackadaisical play, it is now Young going on the offensive in the media.

“It can’t be like a video game & you’re playing with your favorite player, you know,” said Young after a Lakers’ 111-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors. “We’ve all got to share the ball.”

It is no secret that the Lakers attempted to trade Young this offseason and had no takers. Their relationship became rocky with Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol after seasons of failed trade attempts.

Time will tell if Young is developing into a veteran who is more of a vocal leader, or has grown weary playing under the lights of the greatest show on earth.

We’re a circus,” chided Young. “We’re playing terrible. We lost to Philly. Philly! What does that make us?”

Clippers Practice For Fans At USC

LOS ANGELES, CA– A week before the 2015-2016 NBA regular season begins, the L.A. Clippers treated their fans to a rare open to the public practice at The Galen Center on the campus of USC in downtown Los Angeles. The crowd draped in assorted Clippers attire watched as All-Star Blake Griffin & co. put on a show. These types of fan appreciation events have come with the arrival of Head Coach and President Doc Rivers.

“These things are good,” said Rivers. Anytime the fans get to see the players outside of their norm, which means on the floor playing, they get closer. Fans are who make us, and I try to get my players to understand that.”

The Clippers have had a busy pre-season, which included a trip to China to twice play the Charlotte Hornets. Although the practice was more exhibition than execution, Rivers still used it as an opportunity to address mistakes made in the game before, a 130-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

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Clippers Assistant Coach Sam Cassell works with Blake Griffin before the Clippers open practice at the USC Galen Center.

Children led “Let’s go Clippers” chants as DeAndre Jordan finished three-man-weaves with ferocious dunks, and Jamal Crawford dazzled with his trademark playground one-on-one play. Blake Griffin swished in a couple of corner three-pointers, something opposing defenses hopes he leaves in the Trojan’s arena.

The night was special for Rivers who has successfully carved out Clippers visibility from within the Hollywood sized purple-and-gold shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I walk down the street now and I see a Clipper jersey there, and there, and another there,” said Rivers. “I tell you it’s great. It is great being a Clipper.”

NBA’s Western Conference Mirrors Crowded GOP Race

Kobe Bryant told Yahoo Sports that the Los Angeles Lakers could ‘absolutely’ make the playoffs this season. Sure it is mathematically possible for the Lakers to finish in the top eight of the Western Conference. What is more likely to happen is they fall short while battling in a competitive field.

Much like the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, the Western Conference is so fully loaded that teams with adequate talent will not make the playoffs the same way Governors Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal didn’t qualify for the first presidential debate.

45-37 was good enough for the Lakers to get the 7th seed in the 2006 season, but that win total wasn’t enough for the Oklahoma City Thunder to make the playoffs in 2015. After 21 victories last season, the Lakers can drastically improve, even double their win total, and it still may only be good enough for 9th place.

The Lakers will join the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trailblazers  in jockeying for position like Senators Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum- except they have a better chance of making the playoffs than either of them have of getting the GOP nomination.

 

Jordan Clarkson & D’Angelo Russell Shine In Summer League Debut

The Los Angeles Lakers shook the scales when they drafted D’Angelo Russell over Jahlil Okafor with the second pick in the 2015 NBA draft. If their debut in the 2015 Summer League is any indication, pairing him alongside Jordan Clarkson will give the Lakers a versatile and athletic tandem in the back-court.

Russell controlled the offense and scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out six assists with three steals. Clarkson scored a team-high 23 points.

Clippers Launch New Brand Identity

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From the Clippers Communications Department:

The L.A. Clippers tonight unveiled a new brand identity, featuring redesigned logos and uniforms as the team launches into the next era of Clippers basketball.

“This is an exciting time to be a Clippers fan,” Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer said. “We have one of the top teams in the NBA, and now we have introduced a new look that is bold, edgy, powerful and truly representative of us turning the page and entering a brand new age.”

“The Clippers new identity is all about a renewed sense of culture, energy, enthusiasm and optimism,” Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker said. “We are ready to ‘Gear Up’ Clipper Nation for the start of another exciting season.”

The L.A. Clippers new visual identity is a symbolic turning of the page to the next era of Clippers basketball. The primary logo retains the legacy colors of red, white and blue as a tribute to the Clippers faithful, while adding black to provide a modern edge.

The curved lines in the primary Clippers wordmark symbolize the horizon of the ocean as seen from the bridge of a Clipper ship – alluding to the team’s nautical theme roots.

Unique, iconic and a distinctly “L.A.” logo, the Clippers new LAC monogram depicts a blue “C” wrapping around the “L.A.”, literally embracing the city. The stacked LA also takes the shape of a basketball court signifying “LA Basketball”. In addition, the silver lining seen in the Clippers wordmark signifies the renewed collective optimism of Clipper Nation.

The Clippers home uniforms will be white featuring the new CLIPPERS word mark across the front. The team will wear red road uniforms in 2015-16 which will feature the LAC monogram. Additional alternate black uniforms will be introduced at a later date.

 

Steve Nash, Lakers, are having fun clowning around and beefing on Twitter

Just when you thought things could not become more weird in Lakerland, two-time MVP Steve Nash decided to joust with a Twitter user. In response to a Tweet, the injured Lakers’ guard replied “I’m the hardest 41 yr old you know Brodie. Watch your mouth or temecula.”

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Steve Nash warns fan about how hard he is

This comes on the heels of Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young, Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin embarrassing this once proud franchise in a post-game interview after winning an overtime game against the Boston Celtics, ending an eight-game losing streak. Kobe Bryant appeared on The Jimmy Kimmel Show and had a classic “Kobe state” reaction to his teammates antics. Coach Byron Scott joined in Kobe’s lack of enthusiasm:

“Kobe’s reaction was pretty much my reaction when I was watching it,” Scott said. “I was just shaking my head like, ‘I can’t believe this. That’s not us as Lakers. That’s not how we act. It showed a lack of professionalism.”

This just may be the worst Lakers team in history, but that hasn’t stopped them from keeping social-media sites popping with their non-basketball chicanery. Steve Nash may have gotten the “lolz,” but I’m pretty sure Lakers’ fans would prefer to see him run pick-and-roll instead of his videos playing golf and talking about how “hard” he is on Twitter.