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Flip Saunders: 1955-2015

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    The NBA has taken some big hits with deaths during this off-season. This one, though, we didn’t see coming.
    Kevin Garnett took to Facebook to post this image, which says plenty about his relationship with the late Flip Saunders.
    “This is a very sad day and my heart, my prayers and condolences go out to the entire Saunders family,” said Clippers Coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers on Sunday. “Flip was more than just a friend, he was a confidant and a mentor. The basketball world lost a ‘coaches’ coach’ today, and I lost a great friend.”
    An appreciation for a man loved by many throughout the NBA.
    USA Today

October 26, 2015   No Comments

King Of Court: Long Shots For NBA MVP

    The NBA season is almost here and oddsmakers are quickly cooking up props for the 2015-16 campaign. One of the most popular – and profitable – markets in recent years has been the NBA MVP odds, with surprising winners in Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose, as well as value outcomes like Kevin Durant.
    Around those winners were four MVP honors for LeBron James, who is the favorite (+190) to win again this season. But we dig a little deeper in our handicapping sports effort to find a few others who may have a chance to receive the NBA’s top individual honor:

    Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (+2,000)
    Anthony is arguably one of the Top 5 players in the NBA and if anyone can make the Knicks relevant again, they should at least get some MVP consideration. New York plays in the weak Atlantic Division, which is really anyone’s to win – or lose. Melo looks like a MVP candidate early into preseason action and has some help in N.Y. this season, which should help take some of the wear and tear off his body.

    Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (+1,000)
    The Clippers are ready to break away from the pack in the Western Conference and it’s Chris Paul doing the heavy lifting. Paul, who actually suffered a minor fracture in his left index finger this preseason, played in all 82 games for L.A. last season, averaging 19 points and almost 5 assists per game. Los Angeles will challenge the NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Pacific and if they can take the division over Stephen Curry & Co., Paul will be a huge reason why.

    LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs (+2,500)
    Aldridge was a force in Portland but now that he’s under the wings of Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan in San Antonio, he could make that next step as a player. The 6-foot-11 power forward is one of the best mid-range players in the NBA and should have plenty of room to operate with defenses forced to respect the Spurs’ other stars. Aldridge, who signed a big free agent deal with San Antonio this offseason, posted more than 23 points and 10 rebounds per game and played a good chunk of the schedule with an injured hand

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October 21, 2015   No Comments

Thieves In The Temple?

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    According to a joint statement from DraftKings and FanDuel: “Nothing is more important” than the “integrity of the games we offer.”
    Right, right.
    N.Y. Times

October 6, 2015   No Comments

Keep Them In Oakland

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    Let’s hope the Warriors’ owners build the new arena in Oakland instead of San Francisco.
    Sports Illustrated

July 8, 2015   No Comments

Welp

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    DeAndre Jordan is heading back to Texas, where he will become the starting center for the Dallas Mavericks. Plan B for the Clippers? Doesn’t look good.
    Yahoo Sports.com

July 3, 2015   No Comments

Clipped Again

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Sometimes, we’re the dumbest guys on the block. But even we had to question Vegas giving the Clippers 2 1/2 points after the colossal collapse in Game 6. Seriously, what are we missing here, we thought? Unfortunately, not a thing. Just as we predicted (we know, they took a different route, but…), its a Rockets-Warriors Western Conference Final, but everyone knew that, no?
My old lady keeps asking why I don’t bet these things. She really thinks I’m brilliant. I don’t have the heart to tell her. “Sweetie, if I bet it, it ain’t going to happen. Trust me.”
L.A.Times

May 18, 2015   No Comments

Curry’s The Flavor

    Special dude.
    Steph Curry, on his father Dell Curry: “Obviously, the most important thing is your family. Pops, you’re the example of what a true professional is on and off the court. I remember a lot of your career, and to be able to follow in your footsteps, it means a lot to me. This is special.”

May 5, 2015   No Comments

Blake’s World

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    This is the light show that accompanies the pregame introduction of the Clippers’ All-Star. We were playing around with a camera recently and liked the result.

April 16, 2015   No Comments

Sign Of The Times

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June 24, 2014   No Comments

Silver Bullet Cans Donald Sterling

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    You can’t change a person’s heart, but you can take away his power.
    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was right to put the hammer down on Clippers Owner Donald Sterling.
    The lifetime ban, heavy fine and attempt to ultimately force him to lose his team were not only well within Silver’s powers, but also in the best interest of the league.
    Let’s face it though, this was an easy call for Silver.
    Sterling teed him up for the big hit by spewing his racial venom.
    The only way Silver didn’t gain total support was to do not enough.
    However, Silver set the right tone with his voice, stating not only his professional but personal outrage toward Sterling.
    Of all our professional sports leagues, race plays out largest in the NBA. It is a league that for the most part was built on the dollars of rich, older white males and the sweat of young black men.
    That alone leads to trust issues.

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    But that was the old NBA, 1 that had more Sterlings leading teams then we would ever like to admit.
    Granted, not all of them are gone, but the younger owners and wiser players have filled voids left by some of the old guard who have seen their time pass.
    That’s why it was important that Silver not only hand down punishment but also send a loud message clear to all — that the NBA is not going back in time but rather continuing to move forward.
    This is not a black and white issue. This is a right and wrong issue.
    Sterling was wrong. Silver got it right.
    Then again Silver had to do this.
    He had to send a message to the players that he was on their side. He had to send a message to the sponsors that he is going to hear their cries.
    Sterling will get his money when the team is finally sold. The rich always get richer. But it is important to note that the rest of the league is a winner.
    The ironic thing in all this is that more than any team in Los Angeles, the Clippers reflected the face of the city.
    Having covered sports in L.A. for 2 decades, I can tell you no team had a more diverse crowd than the Clippers.
    The very people Sterling violated with his vomit are the ones that made him rich.
    Now comes the tough questions: Are we going to hold all parties up to such standards?
    Kobe Bryant was only fined for his anti-gay slur last year during a game. Could he now be banned for a lifetime since the precedent has been set?
    If the NBA is going to become the moral sports leader he must next time.
    But that is a different story for a different time.
    Now we know that Adam Silver understands what is right and what is wrong. He understood that allowing Sterling to stay would set the league back at least 35-40 years.
    We all know times have changed, the world has changed and the games we play have changed.
    It is good to see that Silver understands that and is willing to make sure his league is really ready to change.
    No, you can’t change the hatred one spews from his mouth, but you sure can take away his microphone.
    Sterling’s silence will be golden.

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April 29, 2014   No Comments