Tag:Los Angeles Clippers
Posted on: October 20, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 4:26 pm

Baron Davis accused of actual mudslinging

Posted by Royce Young

How's this for something different: Baron Davis is being sued allegedly firing a "dirt clod" at a paparazzo's face. Evidently it all went down at Kate Hudson's place, if that makes this all a little bit more ridiculous.

TMZ has the details:
The photog -- not our guy -- claims he and a pack of shutterbugs were "legally standing on public property" outside of Kate's L.A. home back in 2008 when Kate and Baron arrived.

According to the suit, the photog claims Baron, "apparently unnerved by the media attention, picked up a dirt clod and threw it" ... striking the pap in the face and eyes. The photog claims he suffered some serious damage to his eyeball -- and wants Baron to fork over more than $25,000 to make things right.
Oh brother. Just as we were all getting excited about Baron tossing oops to Blake Griffin, now the easily distracted one has a distraction.

But seriously paparazzi guy, $25,000? For some dirt in the eye? I kind of thought that sort of stuff came with the territory in a job where you're always annoying people and sticking a camera in their face. But that's just me.

Category: NBA
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:59 am

MeloDrama Update: Clippers are a no-go

Melo still looking for trade, but not to Clippers, because they are the Clippers.
Posted by Matt Moore

Hidden beneath the glossy veneer of Carmelo Anthony's 30-point, 14 rebound performance last night is the fact that the situation regarding Carmelo's trade request still looms over the team. And recent reports suggest the problem is getting worse, not better, despite Melo dropping bombs on the floor.

The Denver Post today reports of a source confirming much of what KB let us in on last week : Melo still wants out, still wants the Knicks (which isn't happening), won't take a trade to the Sixers, and the Bulls deal won't be happening if the Bulls won't give up Joakim Noah (which they won't).
The interesting takeaway from the Post is that Melo won't agree to a trade to the Clippers.

Just to put this in perspective, the superstar who is specifically looking for a trade to a major market to expand his brand refuses to be traded to the NBA's second biggest market, to play alongside Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, and Baron Davis. There are a lot of reasons, but the biggest rhymes with Stonald Derling.

So while the Clippers are off the table along with the Sixers, Kings, Wolves, and pretty much every other small market team, the Nets keep hanging around, dangling Derrick Favors in all his glorious "might take five years to drag something productive out of him" glory. For whatever reason, the Post's source thinks the Nuggets want Favors. Seems kind of risky to hinge trading your superstar on that kid, but hey. He's supposed to be the next Tim Duncan, or whatever.

Meanwhile, the situation continues to drag on, as Denver tries to figure out what it wants that Melo will agree to. Melo's still dropping huge numbers, so there's not much pressure on them. The question is just who will cave first to the other's requirements.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 5:26 pm

The seven teams you should pick for LP Broadband

Posted by Royce Young

If you could pick only seven TV shows to watch , what would they be? Like seven shows, period. Once you picked them, that's what you're watching for the next season of programming. Wouldn't be easy, huh?

Would you go with your favorites? Would go with what's fun to watch ? Or would you go with something informational or important? Questions all that help determine the criteria on your selection.

It's a question die-hard NBA fans have to ask themselves every year when it comes to getting NBA League Pass Broadband. For a little less, you don't get the whole league. Just unfiltered access to seven teams. But the hard part - and kind of the fun part - is figuring out what seven squads you want to have any time you want them. 

Who would I pick? Well I'm glad you asked. Here's my seven choices:

1. Miami Heat - In my crude rating system that I just made up as I was typing this sentence, the Heat pretty much score high in everything. Watchibility . Interesting-ness . Talent on the floor. Importance to the league. And of course the fact they're one of the league's three or four absolutely legit contenders.

I mean, how could you not include the Heat? Even if you hate everything about them down to their weird looking mascot, this is the most intriguing NBA roster well, since I can remember. Because of what's going on in South Beach, the NBA offseason took precedent of Major League Baseball and NFL training camps. Yeah, so it's kind of a big deal.

And how could even think about missing any of it this year? Yes, they will be on national TV a lot. But you're not guaranteed to get every big performance there. What if the biggest Heat story of the year happens some random February night against the Raptors where Dwyane Wade and LeBron both explode for 40? Or in late March, there's a little argument on the bench between LeBron and Bosh? How could you be willing to miss that?

2. Los Angeles Lakers
- Every game the Lakers play, it's an event. Kobe Bryant doesn't have that many games left and how could you give up the chance to watch one of the greatest ever try and win a sixth ring?

What makes the Lakers interesting? It's all in what they are. First, they're the Lakers . They're Hollywood basketball. They're Jack Nicholson sitting courtside , Phil Jackson running the show, Kobe hitting big shots. And Ron Artest doing potentially who knows what night-to-night. It's can't-miss stuff.

Plus, for a lot of teams, playing the Lakers is the biggest game of the month. It's just a little more important and a little bit more meaningful to both the team and its fans if the game's not in L.A. So you can expect packed houses, fired up crowds, pumped up teams and good basketball.

3. Milwaukee Bucks
- You know who I had here originally? The Celtics. And why did I take them off? I don't really know, honestly. Because the Celtics are definitely a good team to have. But I guess I just don't find them all that interesting. They're old, potentially washing up and they're going to have 50 percent of their games on TV anyway.

So instead, I'm going with an upstart team featuring a fun scorer in Brandon Jennings, an emerging center in Andrew Bogut , an underrated forward in Ersan Ilyasova and a dark horse contender in the East.

4. Washington Wizards
- I for one, am fascinated by this team. First, Gilbert Arenas. He's the league's most interesting personality. He makes up stories about being hurt. Like Jerry in the Seinfeld episode George asked him to not be funny, Arenas is touching his dark side and trying to be serious. And like Jerry, he can't not be funny. With that beard, it's impossible to take Arenas completely serious (though he's shaving it off soon).

More than that though, this team is coming off a season full of incredible turmoil, plus it has some of the most erratic personalities in the league. Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee and extremely talented but borderline on the headcase chart. Josh Howard never minces words. Al Thornton is already a little perturbed about his role. And then of course there's John Wall who is supposed to now be the face of the team. Put it all on the court together and you've got an intriguing team to watch .

Plus, any time you can get a good look at one of the future talents in the league as a rookie, it's a must. Don't you wish you could go back and watch LeBron James for 82 games as a rookie? Or Dwyane Wade? Or Kevin Durant? John Wall is almost a guarantee to be great and here's your chance to watch him get started. Here's your chance to watch him evolve and grow. I wouldn't want to miss it.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder - In terms of pure excitement, there probably isn't a more fun team to watch in the league. They're got exceptional athletes. They've got exciting young players. They've got talent. And best of all, they're actually good.

Watching Kevin Durant score is like a Sunday afternoon nap. You're never unsatisfied with what you get. Durant scores in the most boring exciting way possible. It'll be the third quarter and a graphic will flash at the bottom and you'll see a line of 27 points on 10-16 shooting and you'll only remember three of his baskets.

And while Durant scores in the quiet, efficient way, Westbrook scores in the loud, look-over-here way. This team is something you can't miss. Nobody knows how good they can really be and what makes them so fun to watch is that they never take a play off and truly love each other. They play hard and they play together. Nobody is more refreshing.

6. Los Angeles Clippers - Just look at that starting five. It looks pretty good, right? Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Ryan Gomes , Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman - looks nice.

But what makes the Clippers a team I wouldn't want to miss is Griffin. From the small pieces we've gotten in preseason, he's going to provide at least one "WHOA!" moment a night. Whether it's a block, an oop or just a stuff over three defenders, Griffin is always going all out.

Add in the fact that when Davis is locked in, he's as good as any guard out there and the evident emergence of Eric Gordon as a scoring guard and you've got a team that could maybe make some noise. Griffin and Kaman on the inside is as good a looking interior one-two you'll find and the fact they don't get much spotlight in a city that has lights to spare makes them just a little more cool to watch .

The problem with picking the Clippers though is that a month in when two key players are hurt, Baron Davis is already putting on weight and taking quarters off and you realize Vinny Del Negro is the coach, you'll really regret picking them. But it's almost becoming an NBA tradition to be interested in the Clippers in October. The talent is there and they should be fun.

7. Chicago Bulls - The new Bulls era is off to a bit of a rough start with Carlos Boozer breaking his hand because of a gym bag. But this is a team transitioning in a weird way. They're combining their exciting young talent with quality veterans. The Baby Bulls of a few years ago fell apart, but this group is set up to actually compete.

But forget that. Derrick Rose is the only reason you actually need. End to end, he's just about as exciting a player as you're going to get. He just moves differently than other guys. Even a simple thing like a driving layup has another kind of flash, another kind style with Rose.

He may not be there in terms of stepping into the truly elite, but he's a can't-miss player. And with him on a team that's going to be good with players that are also talented, exciting and interesting, the Bulls are definitely a must-watch .

Obviously the two toss-ups on my list are the Clippers and Wizards. Those could be HUGE mistakes come January. Substitute in the Celtics and Magic and you've got a guaranteed solid seven. Or the Spurs and Mavericks. Or the Blazers and Hawks. Or the Jazz and Nuggets.

Or just say screw it and buy the whole League Pass and watch on TV. That's probably a better call. This season is going to just be that good.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:37 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 2:43 pm

Video: Blake Griffin is looking healthy

Posted by Royce Young

It only took a couple of preseason games for Blake Griffin to remind the NBA world of his existence. As noted in the Shootaround, the Rookie of the Year chatter is starting to Heat up for Griffin who as of a week ago was third or even fourth on some way-too-early-ballots.

Games like last night are what people should get used to with Griffin - 13 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and a block in 37 minutes. In the game before that against the Warriors, Griffin threw up 23 points on 10-15 shooting and hauled in nine rebounds in 24 minutes. It's vintage Griffin. High energy, all the time.

And in between grabbing rebounds and scoring on the block, he can still do things like this:

If this were a new Nike commercial, here's where I would say "BOOM!" But despite that being a fairly ridiculous alley oop, every time he jumps though, I get a little nervous. Last year's injury came on a dunk that looked so harmless.

But what made this oop impressive was the over-the-shoulder catch and where he took off from. Griffin is a big, big body. He's 6'10 and 260 pounds. And he's built. But he handles the ball like a guard and runs the floor like a small forward. A lot of the reason for that is growing up, Griffin didn't play the post. He was a point guard. I always find that interesting.

John Wall definitely has everyone's attention and DeMarcus Cousins certainly has a chance to prove himself with Samuel Dalembert's injury. Both of those guys will be great rookies and make impacts right away. But Griffin is reminding people - loudly - the he's back to form.

After his first preseason game against Portland, Griffin told Blazersege, "I definitely feel better than I did preseason last year. I don't have any nagging injuries or anything like that. My main concern is just keeping my body healthy and getting better."

Yep, looks like he's feeling pretty good. Now stay that way for a full 82.
Posted on: October 6, 2010 8:15 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 8:41 pm

Melodrama: It's not over yet

Posted by Royce Young

Remember Carmelo Anthony? Nobody has talked about him for a while but that doesn't mean things aren't happening. In fact, a lot is. As Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports, the Nuggets are still "extremely active" in exploring options for trading Anthony. One source even indicated to Berger that this could be the "calm before the storm" and that though things seem to have chilled, calls are still being made.

A few highlights:
  • If the Nuggets are going to go through with this, they're wanting to find a replacement for Andrei Kirilenko. His big $17.8 million contract is scaring them off and according to Ken, the Nuggets have no interest in re-signing the Russian.
  • Here's a bombshell: Chauncey Billups could be added in the talks. If the Nuggets are willing to just completely blow things up, Billups could be involved in the trade. As Ken reports, sending Billups to Charlotte would alleviate Larry Brown's desire to get a point guard out of this deal.
  • Denver has looked everywhere. They've considered deals for the Clippers' Chris Kaman, the Bulls' Luol Deng, the Nets' Devin Harris and the Bobcats' Gerald Wallace, sources tell Ken. The Bulls appear to be a long-shot after Joakim Noah's extension. and the Bobcats continue to be reluctant to trade Wallace unless they're getting Anthony, who wouldn't sign an extension in Charlotte.
  • A new team could settle in as a fourth team in the talks and Berger says that could be Detroit. Sources tell Ken the Nuggets inquired several weeks ago about the availability of Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince -- with a focus on Prince, whose $11.1 million contract is expiring and would provide some savings for the Nuggets. At the time, Pistons president Joe Dumars quickly dismissed the deal. But according to Ken, there's a chance Detroit's mind could change with reports this week that the team will be sold to Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.
  • Two teams that have inquired but as of now you can cross off: the Sixers and Cavs. Carmelo has indicated that he wouldn't sign an extension in either place.
  • The Knicks continue to cross their fingers that Carmelo hangs around in Denver. And Carmelo might be wishing the same. The longer he stays there, the less Denver is going to require in return and the more chance there is New York could just Carmelo next summer.
But the main thing to take away is that the Nuggets still haven't lowered their demands. And at this point, they still have as much leverage as their going to get. It's believed the four-team deal that died over a week ago was made public by the Nuggets in order to try and entice teams to one-up the current offer.

Denver appears somewhat content to try and wait out an offer they can't refuse, though as of now, the best one on the table sounds like it's coming from New Jersey. And the Nets are also currently the team pushing hardest. It all comes down to finding acceptable third party partners and potentially involving Detroit might be enough.

Though all's quiet on the Carmelo front right now, it probably won't stay that way for long.
Posted on: October 6, 2010 6:08 pm

The other Rookie of the Year candidate

Posted by Royce Young

Somehow, Blake Griffin has become maybe the most forgotten No. 1 overall pick ever. Busting a knee and missing your entire first season will do that to you. But then again, even after Greg Oden did the same, people couldn't stop talking about the Blazer big man.

Maybe that's actually good thing for Griffin.

But after taking almost a full year off from real competitive basketball activity, Griffin returned to the court last night in the Clippers' first preseason game. His line won't wow you - nine points, seven rebounds, five turnovers in 22 minutes - but keep in mind, this was his first night back. He can tell us that he wasn't thinking about the knee and that the mental part of returning from injury is past him, but on his first night back on the hardwood, surely he was thinking about it.

Here's the thing though: Griffin is back. He's completely healthy. His explosiveness is there, his lateral quickness is there and his ridiculous ability for a 6'10, 265-pound beast, is there.

The best description you can give Griffin on the basketball court is an animal. If he were a defensive end, every analyst would talk endlessly about his motor. They'd talk about how he never quits on plays. He lays it all out on the court and though last night's affair against the Blazers was a meaningless preseason game, that signature Griffin energy, hustle and desire was there.

While other rookies like John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are raising more eyebrows, Griffin quietly had a decent comeback night. It wasn't anything spectacular and it wasn't a box score line that made you take notice. But if Griffin showed anything last night, it's that you'll be reminded of his presence often this year. It's hard to overlook a player of his caliber for too long.


Al-Farouq Aminu, Clippers - Whoa boy. Not the debut the rookie has been dreaming about. Eighteen minutes, one point, four turnovers, 0-3 from the field, zero rebounds, assists, blocks or steals. And he fouled out. Yikes and yikes.

Granted, not everyone should expect all rookies to have impressive performances their first time out on the NBA hardwood. There's a litany of factors. Nerves, preparation (or lack thereof), ignorance - all of that and more can add up to a rookie crapping the bed in his first appearance.

Our future CBS friend Ben Golliver had this to say about Aminu: "You've heard of the 'deer in the headlights' look? This was more like a "'I'm standing underneath the meteor that created the Grand Canyon and both my legs are broken and uh oh it's about to hit me oowwwwwwww' look. Off the top of my head I can't think of another player who had his combination of physical potential and complete mental unpreparedness during the last four seasons."

Have I said "yikes" yet? Oh, twice already? That's probably a bad sign.

However, it's not like Aminu impressed new coach Vinny Del Negro much. Especially not to the point where Aminu is looking at real NBA playing time this year. While it's only preseason, this is a chance to shine, to make an impression. And Aminu definitely made one. Just not a good one.

Derrick Favors, Nets - Some good, some bad for the new Nets big man. I'm sure the Nuggets have a close eye on Favors right now and you can guarantee the Nets are hoping he showcases some serious skill.

And while his first game numbers aren't bad (14 points, nine rebounds, 6-8 from the floor in 20 minutes), his second game was a bit underwhelming (four points, five fouls, three turnovers, one rebound in 13 minutes). It's not that Favors didn't flash ability, it's just that he showed what rookies in his mold are like. Inconsistent.

Favors is a project and to expect him to translate his ridiculous athletic ability into something now is unrealistic. Sebastian Pruiti of NetsAreScorching put it well: "Derrick Favors struggled with fouls the entire night and fouled out in slightly more than 12 minutes of playing time.  I didn’t see the game, but I am guessing that Favors got pump faked one or two times.  Bad games are going to happen with a 19 year who is still learning.  The key is for these bad games to take place less and less."

Exactly it. Favors isn't winning Rookie of the Year. He's part of a process and the more minutes he sees, the better it'll get.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:14 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 10:15 pm

More Carmelo info? More Carmelo info

Posted by Royce Young

A few things of note from the past few hours of my Internet Carmelo Anthony stalking:
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports the Carmelo deal is in a holding pattern. One executive not involved in the trade told Berger, ""With every day that passes, the bigger deals fall apart." But that doesn't mean this is falling apart. Another source told Berger that the feet-dragging from Denver was simply "part of getting a deal done."
  • Berger reports multiple executives watching the Carmelo situation believe the reason behind making the four-team trade talk public was an effort to solicit better offers from other teams. But the list is already short. Still, Melo prefers New York with Chicago, Houston, New Jersey and even the Clippers on the list. But the only places that Melo has reportedly been ready to sign is New York and Chicago. Part of the reason we've been hung up here is because of a potential hesitance for Anthony to re-sign with the Nets.
  • A completely random team that's tried to jump into the trade talk? The Cavs. Berger reports Denver has targeting Anderson Varejao as an acceptable replacement for Anthony and that Cleveland has at least inquired. Brian Windhorst of the Plain Dealer reports a similar thing, saying that like most teams, the Cavs have at least placed a phone call or two. The thing the Cavs have in their back pocket though is a $14.5 million trade exception. That's something that makes them a player in pretty much any deal.
  • According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo!, Kobe Bryant has given Carmelo some advice: Don't leave just to leave. Reportedly, Melo asked Kobe for some thoughts since Bryant was in a similar position in 2007 with the Lakers. Bryant asked to be traded but ended up staying in LA and I think the team has done alright since then. “We’ll see if he signs a reasonable extension and if he’s 100 percent happy that it’s where he wants to go,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports Saturday. “If not, don’t make a move just to get out of the situation. …Make sure it’s a move that you’re very happy in and you’re comfortable with.”
  • Reportedly, Carmelo wants a promise from any team he signs with that he gets to be the head coach and handle all personell moves for his new team. OK, I made that one up. Just seeing if you were still paying attention to all this stuff.
Posted on: September 23, 2010 12:13 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 12:15 pm

Preseason Primers: Clippers

Posted by Royce Young

Coming in to last season, there were higher hopes than usual for the Clippers. Top pick Blake Griffin was on the squad and Baron Davis had supposedly gotten in shape and was eager to play. But then Griffin was injured, missed the whole year and Davis stopped caring in January. But this year, they get a do-over. They're next in our Preseason Primer series.

Training camp site:
Los Angeles, CA

Training camp starts: Sept. 28

Key additions: Blake Griffin (back from injury), Ryan Gomes (free agent), Al Farouq-Aminu (draft)

Key subtractions: Steve Blake (free agent), Travis Outlaw (free agent), Drew Gooden (free agent), Brian Skinner (just kidding)

Likely starting lineup: Baron Davis, PG; Eric Gordon, SG; Ryan Gomes, SF; Blake Griffin, PF; Chris Kaman, C

Player to watch: Blake Griffin. Remember him? Yeah, this guy? Supposedly, he's back to his old, dunk-on-your-face self. With a full season already under his belt in which he didn't play, you can bet he's hungry. Griffin is a tremendous talent that's been compared to players like Karl Malone and Carlos Boozer. He's going to be ready and he's going to be a monster.

Injury watch: Well, I guess this is going to be pretty much the same as "Player to watch."

Camp battles: The Clippers' roster is pretty close to completely set, but if there's one interesting battle to watch it's at small forward. The Clips took Al Farouq-Aminu in the lottery and plan for him to be a small forward scorer. They also signed Ryan Gomes in the offseason. Aminu could potentially beat out Gomes for the starting spot, especially because the Clippers have an eye toward the future right now. More than likely Gomes has the job, but if you're looking for a position competition to watch, that's the one.

Biggest strength: Starting five. On paper, as Rodney Stuckey would say, it doesn't look that bad. Baron Davis, Eric Gordon (who was fantastic in Turkey), Gomes/Aminu, Griffin and All-Star Chris Kaman. That's a pretty quality unit right there. They probably lack that go-to scorer, but there's enough divvied up among Davis, Kaman, Gordon and Griffin that the Clips should be able to put the ball in the basket.

Glaring weakness: Defense, experience and depth. Last season, the Clippers ranked near the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency (22nd). (They actually ranked lower in offensive efficiency, but I'm banking on that improving with Griffin.) Baron Davis has never been a great defender and Kaman is a score-first center.

They're extremely young with Griffin, Gordon, Aminu, backup point guard Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan. So this group is youthful.

As for depth, DeAndre Jordan is their backup 5 at this moment. So yeah, that's not good. And there's no one behind him. If Kaman gets in foul trouble of has an injury, DeAndre Jordan is seeing big time minutes. Again, not good.
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