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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!

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.

Paul Pierce Talks Inglewood

Before becoming a standout for the Kansas Jayhawks, a perineal NBA All-Star and champion with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers veteran Paul Pierce grew up in Inglewood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He graduated from Inglewood High School, sharing that proud tradition with NBA Alumni like Jay Humphries and Reggie Theus.

RunTheTriangle.com, LLC Chief Editor Gregory, a fellow City of Inglewood product, talked to Pierce about their old stomping grounds.

Paul Pierce: Clippers Have One Goal

10-Time NBA All-Star Forward Paul Pierce didn’t return to Los Angeles just to make the Western Conference Finals.

“I’ve done that already,” said the Inglewood native during an NBA Cares event at 109th Street Elementary School in historic Watts.

He explains to RunTheTriangle.com the only thing that would make this Clippers season a success.

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

Mavericks Get The Beats By Dre

DeAndre Jordan made it clear at Los Angeles Clippers Media Day that he would not be distracted by the spectacle of playing the Dallas Mavericks.

“They’re just another Western Conference team we have to beat,” said the 7’1 defensive stalwart. “My only motivation is to win a championship, anything else I’m not concerned about.”

The Clippers played their home opener at Staples Center against the spurned Mavericks team and their owner Mark Cuban, who apparently still has hurt feelings after Jordan rejected his offer to join him in Dallas.

“Look, the Clippers are the Clippers,” said Cuban prior to the game. “You can change the players, you can change the owner, but the Clippers are who they’ve been for the last 30 years.”

One can understand Cuban’s incessant aggravation. The very fact that he scheduled a meeting with Jordan caused Tyson Chandler to bolt for the Phoenix Suns. Chandler was the final piece that solidified the 2011 Dallas Mavericks’ championship defense. Cuban gambled on bringing in Jordan, promising that he’d be the franchise player, but in the end lost out on both big men.

Cuban has had bad luck in getting his man in the past. He similarly failed in snagging Marcin Gortat in 2009 after the Orlando Magic matched the five-year, $34-million offer sheet, despite having All-Star center Dwight Howard. The Shark Tank star couldn’t convince an aging Steve Nash to come in, instead choosing to take less money to play with the L.A. Lakers.

The Clippers drew first blood in the new rivalry, easily disposing of the Mavericks 104-88. Jordan had 15 points and 4 blocked shots in less than 30 minutes. He acknowledged the emotion surrounding the game. But not because the Mavericks were in the house.

“It’s definitely an emotional game,” he explained. “The emotions were high obviously because it was our home opener. We wanted to give the fans what they missed.”

He also gave Mark Cuban and the Mavericks plenty of what they missed.

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.”

Clippers Begin Training Camp Reloaded

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. –The Clippers began training camp after an intriguing summer, which included salvaging the services of DeAndre Jordan, while adding those of key free agents Lance Stephenson and Paul Pierce. After suffering a disappointing second-round exit from the 2015 playoffs at the hands of the Houston Rockets, Head Coach Doc Rivers believes this installment of the Clippers may be his best.

“I thought we made a push last year, we just didn’t get there,” explained Rivers to Jim Hill of CBS in Los Angeles. “This is clearly the most talent we’ve had since I’ve been here and it’s not even close. We’re deep at multiple positions, and that was our goal this summer, getting players who can play at different positions out on the floor.”

Gone is the erratic and inconsistent Matt Barnes, replaced by the less mercurial and more productive Lance Stephenson. Rivers noted that Stephenson’s multifaceted game coincided with his vision of a roster filled with players who aren’t limited to one specialty. 

“I put in a lot of work this summer by working on my condition and my jump-shot,” Stephenson said. “Just focussing on how I can be a better player, and what I can do to come in and help this team.”

Doc Rivers also convinced 18-year veteran and Inglewood native Paul Pierce to rejoin his former coach to make another title run. 

“I honestly thought the Clippers would win it all last year,” admitted Pierce. After helping a young Washington Wizards team experience playoff success, Pierce is ready to lend his championship pedigree to the Clippers.

“I believe I can bring an attitude,” said Pierce.”I think to win in this league you have to have a certain nastiness to you, a certain kind of attitude. I can really help in that department.” 

With the additions of forward Josh Smith and guard Pablo Prigioni, the Clippers bring in two players that contributed to their ousting last season. Smith, who has averaged 12 points and six rebounds over his career is an upgrade over Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu, despite criticisms of his defense and shot selection.  

But Doc Rivers isn’t yet ready to assess what he’s assembled.

“I don’t know what type of team we are, I’ll let them show me that,” he concluded. “We’ll see how these guys play and then I can tell you what our identity is.”

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.