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Los Angeles Clippers: Deeper Than Hoops

The Clippers have kept their integrity and mystery for this up coming year; winning and losing an equal number of games during the pre-season. But what we can expect from them, simply put, is major support and camaraderie. As DeAndre Jordan was thrown off my question of Paul Pierce’s retirement at The Clippers Media Day, Chris Paul let it be known that they all are family who keep each other accountable and even though they wish for Pierce to go out on top, others are being well groomed in the process.

New forward recruit Brice Johnson from little Cordova, South Carolina, was said to have herniated a disk during a 104-98 pre-season victory over the Toronto Raptors. A hard win for a rookie. As Brice and I exchanged memories of our home state, we briefly discussed his adjustment to the life as a professional basketball player in Los Angeles. He immediately exclaimed that the traffic was enough alone for him to get used to.

While new recruits are just being broken in, legends are retiring. Paul Pierce, who has been playing the game since he was 9, is cherishing the last moments he has with his team.

“Hopefully, we can win a championship and I can pretty much go on top,” Pierce states during Media Day. “Once I’m done I’m done with it. I’ve been playing for 31 years. So it’s been an honor to play 19 years in the NBA.”

“We’re going to be one of the best teams in the league”, stated J.J. Redickas he welcomes the new players to the game, and naming Austin Rivers in particular as one of the “core players” of this years season. Happy to be called out by “The Core” as a leader and taking responsibility for his own group, Austin expressed his own excitement to be a better player than he was last year by adding to his game and helping the team win.

“There is a different feel,” proclaimed Austin. “I feel like we have a more mature group as a whole and we’re close and communicating better. We have a really good team this year and I honestly believe we have a really good shot this season despite what anybody thinks, and that’s all that really matters.”

No performance is too small. Even The Clippers’bench was fired up to support the team and with great respect, held high esteem for each other’s roles.

“I think this group is talented enough to win a championship,” said Paul Pierce.

I’m one to agree. With God and unity like the one THIS TEAM HAS, how could you fail? It’s all net from here on out!

Clippers’ Chris Paul Racks Up Assists With New Program

LOS ANGELES, CA– The Chris Paul Family Foundation, Jordan Brand WINGS, and State Farm teamed up to launch the “Exist to Assist” community program.

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chirs Paul is a master at making others better on the basketball court, but this play is designed to assist communities in need across the country. The program aims to “demonstrate the power of being a good neighbor, and to inspire others to do good in their communities, by getting hands on with custom-built service projects for each community it engages.”

“At State Farm we often talk about being a good neighbor,” said Patty Morris, Director of Brand Content at State Farm. “We believe that’s  not defined solely by our proximity, but by our actions.”

Dozens of students packed the Brotherhood Crusade community center located across from historic Leimert Park in Los Angeles for the program launch. The center raises funds and resources for charitable initiatives, and provides job training, teen counseling, after-school and sports activities, need-based scholarships and more.

Paul arrived a few minutes late, something to which he used as a teachable moment.

“You guys don’t be like me,” Paul jokingly exclaimed to the laughter of the children. “My old coach told me if you can’t be on time, be early. I apologize because your time is just as important as mine.”

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Chris Paul speaks with students at the Brotherhood Crusade community center.

Although the new state of the art equipment upgrade to the Brotherhood Crusade’s technology center will serve as a valuable resource to the students, a humble lesson in time management from a superstar like Paul may have the most indelible effect.

“I remember working in an after school program like Brotherhood Crusade.” said Paul. “It’s so important to have these resources and spaces for the community. That’s why we’re working with State Farm and WINGS to find opportunities  to make a real difference through the Exist to Assist program.”

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Chris Paul addresses the media at the Exist to Assist launch.

The ribbon was cut on the new technology center, and the students happily accessed  the new computers, complete with flat-screen monitors and lighting quick internet. Paul, who had his family with him, patiently took photos and signed autographs with the kids, all while dishing out words of wisdom. The all-star believes his success stems from having the type of help his foundation, Jordan Brand WINGS, and State Farm have partnered to give.

“I had my parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, coaches, teachers. Everyone played a role in helping  me get to where I am today,” said Paul. “When we do this it’s not for any notoriety or to have the kids tell me thank you, but to provide them with an extra tool in their bag to achieve what they want.”

 

 

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.”

Steph Curry: Cool Back

In the 1992 movie White Men Can’t Jump, Billy Hoyle told Sidney Deane “A Black man wants to look good first and win second.” This season NBA MVP Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors has achieved both.

While California was experiencing a record drought, Curry was making it rain. There have been many things said and written about his jumper. It can be surmised in one word: Wet. But not only is Curry scientifically accurate from long-range, he does it nonchalantly.

Curry says he adapted his style from Steve Nash. But Nash never played with this type of flare. When he wasn’t sending players to the floor with his behind the back cross-overs, he was literally doing the moonwalk after made three-pointers.

Curry isn’t simply the flavor of the season. He is in the class of George Gervin and Dr. J. His game is cool. His moves appear to be in slow motion and in rhythm to a smooth jazz track. His on court prowess and body language are that of someone who knows they are fly.

The flashy aren’t often associated with being victorious. What’s made Curry’s spectacular play special is that it has elevated his team to victory.

It started with the Warriors capturing their first Pacific Division title in 39 years, then an NBA’s best 67 wins, earning the number one seed in the playoffs.

After relinquishing home-court advantage in a 97-90 Game 2 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Conference Semi-Finals on the night Steph accepted the MVP award, the questions began to circulate about his toughness. Those doubts were fortified after Memphis point guard Mike Conley returned from a fractured  face to lead his team to a 2-1 advantage.

The stage was set for the moral of the story to be how once again, hard work and grit beats out style and grace. All that was needed was to knock the finesse Warriors upside their heads and they would fold amid the physicality.

But Curry bounced back with an 11-22 shooting, 33 point performance in Game 3, reclaiming the home-court for Oakland, and passing his first test since becoming MVP. Golden State closed out Memphis on the road in Game 6, and Steph Curry finished the series with more three-point field-goals (25) than the entire Grizzlies team.

So Curry has validated his NBA number one selling jersey, his top vote 2015 NBA All-Star selection, and his Most Valuable Player award. He’s made it look too easy most of the time, understanding that cooler heads always prevail.

Jordan Clarkson has that bounce in his game

Doc Rivers sent them boys at him.

After winning Western Conference Rookie of the Month, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers held upstart Jordan Clarkson to 2 points in a 106-78 shellacking over the Los Angeles Lakers.

He had been the talk of the town, scoring 30 points against Russell Westbrook while putting together a string of impressive games against elite Western Conference point-guards. The Clippers were well aware of it. Paul, an MVP candidate, led the reality check against Clarkson, and the ‘Watts Towers ‘ duo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan provided solid interior help-defense.

Clarkson was officially welcomed into relevancy  by getting schemed against on defense. 

What followed was a humiliating defeat for the Lakers which included a deficit of 43 points. Head Coach Byron Scott said he wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with some of the players who didn’t seem interested in competing. But how would Jordan Clarkson respond to having a bad game following his award-winning month?

Scott’s message resonated with the team,  and although the Lakes were again defeated by the Clips 105-100, they displayed more interest in not being completely humiliated. Clarkson finished with 20 points in 3 quarters and made adjustments to the attention he will now receive on defense. Instead of hanging his head in the face of a superior opponent, Clarkson accepted the challenge of knowing that he will be on the opposition’s radar screen. 

 Greatness is measured in part by how a player responds to adversity. Jordan Clarkson proved he has the mental toughness to accompany his gifted physical abilities.

 

Clippers Blake Griffin named Western Conference Player Of The Week

The National Basketball Association today announced that Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 30. It marks the fifth time Griffin has achieved this honor in his career. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was the Eastern Conference winner.

Griffin helped the Clippers to a 4-0 week behind averages of 23.8 points (fourth in the Western Conference), 9.8 rebounds (seventh in the conference) and 5.0 assists. He posted at least 22 points in three of the four games played during the week. All four wins came on the road and helped cap off a franchise-best 6-1 road trip.

On Nov. 24 against Charlotte, the All-Star forward fell one assist shy of a triple-double, having finished with 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in a 113-92 win. On Nov. 28, Griffin collected 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 102-85 win in Houston against the Rockets. Griffin is the only player in the NBA this season averaging at least 22 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Dallas’ Tyson Chandler, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Houston’s James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Miami’s Chris Bosh and Portland’s Wesley Matthews.

Clippers have team meeting, but Doc Rivers isn’t impressed

The Clippers held a players-only meeting after suffering a 121-104 defeat to the Golden State Warriors. Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said in practice today that the meeting of the minds was beneficial.

“It helped guys clear the air,” said Crawford. “I think the main point was just to get on the same page, everybody needs to be playing on the same page. The important thing is we understand that you have to go through the process.”

But Head Coach Doc Rivers doesn’t believe in such group sessions.

“I’m not fan of team meetings,” admitted Rivers. “When I hear about some team having a team meeting I’m like I want to play those guys.”

The Way They Were

The Clippers may have many of the same players that got them to the Western Conference semifinals, but Rivers contends this isn’t the same team.

“We deal with people, not X’s and O’s,” he explained. “The names might be the same, but this isn’t the same team I had last year.”

No Rest Down The Stretch

When asked if he would mirror San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich’s style of resting his star players during certain parts of the season, Doc Rivers said he’d been there and done that.

“If you remember we did that in Boston in 2012,” recalled Rivers. “I used the last month of the season to have a second training-camp. We had two and a half hour practices, and we sacrificed a lot games down the stretch because of it.”

The Celtics had home-court advantage on the line in the final game of the season against the Atlanta Hawks who they were to face in the first-round. Rivers rested his starters and ceded home-court to the Hawks. The move proved to be brilliant in the end with the rested aging Celtics winning the series 4-2.

“We played Atlanta the last game of the season and could have had home-court advantage, but we rested our starters and said just let them have it,” added Rivers. It was a gamble but it paid off in the end. I obviously won’t be able to do that with this team.”

 

Vita Coco Named the ‘Official Coconut Water of the Los Angeles Clippers’

After watching LeBron James cramp up in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, many teams are paying closer attention to their players forms  of hydration.

That may explain why the Los Angeles Clippers have forged an innovative partnership which makes Vita Coco the Official Coconut Water of the Clippers organization.

“We’re proud to partner with The Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA’s most exciting franchise, on our first-ever pro team relationship”, says Jeff Rubenstein, Vita Coco’s Senior Vice President of Marketing.  “Los Angeles is one of Vita Coco’s fastest growing markets, and the Clippers provide a meaningful platform to educate basketball fans on Vita Coco’s natural hydration benefits while strengthening the brand’s increasing connection to the Los Angeles community.”

Vita Coco participated in the Clippers Feed the Community event in South Los Angeles on October 25. Head coach Doc Rivers and the entire Clippers roster distributed Vita Coco, non-perishable food, personal care items, school uniforms and shoes to 1,600 South Los Angeles families at the Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth & Community Center. Vita Coco will continue to play a role in select Clippers community initiatives throughout the 2014-15 season.

About Vita Coco:

Vita Coco is the country’s best-selling coconut water brand, sold at over 100,000 retailers nationwide, including Kroger, Safeway, Albertson’s, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven, Circle K, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Costco, Amazon,com and hundreds of airports, universities and other food service locations. For more information about Vita Coco visit www.vitacoco.com.

Blake Griffin A Goon On Halloween In Clippers Win Over Lakers

Just when Los Angles Lakers fans thought it was safe to come out and play, Blake Griffin turned Staples Center into Camp Crystal Lake as his Clippers team drew first blood 118-111.

Griffin, now dawning a beard, had 39 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. He was 11-12 from the free-throw line, but it was his work on the low-post that was most impressive. Once classified as a player in the mold of Shawn Kemp who could only dunk over people, Griffin is now displaying the ability to score on the post with either hand. He is also knocking down his free-throws as to avoid ‘Hack-a-Blake’ treatment.

Chris Paul went a quiet 2-9 for 12 points. The Clippers would not have been able to win games before with that type of production from him. But now Griffin is slowly becoming the engine that powers this team. Although it’s become a guard driven league, scoring point guards who dominate the ball do not historically win you championships- ambidextrous big men who can score with their backs to the basket do.

As Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul continue to be the veteran elder statesmen, Blake Griffin is doing his part to establish a new pecking order in Los Angeles. He and DeAndre Jordan, also known as the ‘Watts Towers’ will make it a match-up nightmare every-night on Figueroa street.