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I never thought someone leaving the Clippers would be this sad. 
@Suga_Shane

I never thought someone leaving the Clippers would be this sad. 

@Suga_Shane

(Source: simounj)

rapsketball:

Pac Div “Still Flexin”

feat. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Eric Gordon & Derrick Williams

oakleyandallen:

O&A: Verocai, Gordon & Griffin

Song By Arthur Verocai.

nbahoot:

Inspired by a recent tweet from Got ‘Em Coach.

nbahoot:

Inspired by a recent tweet from Got ‘Em Coach.

Eric Gordon’s forté: break ankles, get buckets.

Stephen Curry was his latest victim last night. Hopefully he will be alright. Hate to see a player go down with injury before he reaches his 18th birthday. 

@Suga_Shane

NBA OFF SEASON PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

"This year the Clippers are going to be a playoff team, just wait and see."

Hollywood, palm trees, Beverly Hills, convertibles and the Lakers; all of these things are pure Los Angeles. The Clippers aren’t even an afterthought in the city of glitz and glamor. In some ways their putrid play and horrific history keep them from falling into the pits of irrelevancy. They are the little brother to the biggest brother in the NBA. That’s like having Jesus as a sibling.

To put it into words that every Clipper fan has blurted out at least once during a drunken sports debate, “This year the Clippers are going to be a playoff team, just wait and see.” Even I, a Clipper fan, have half-heartedly casted that out there praying that no one heard me speak but I truly believe this is the year. This year a bearded man, a serial killer, a hobbit and a ginger will try to edge themselves into Los Angeles’ limelight and into the NBA playoffs. This is the year because of one simple fact; Blake Griffin is healthy. (pleasedontjinxit, pleasedontjinxit, pleasedontjinxit)

Key Departures

Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw, Marcus Camby, and Al Thornton, I guess.

Half these guys left by the All-Star break and the other half weren’t here long enough to unpack their suitcases, so I’m not sure if we can call any of these ‘key departures’. I do know that Marcus Camby will be missed dearly. If the Clippers had held onto him instead of dumping him for two players that weren’t staying anyway, they could be comfortably shopping Kaman for ‘Melo right about now.

Al Thornton was a good player. Not a great player, but a decent one. He regressed in his final half-season in LA and the Clips traded him for more players they didn’t plan on keeping only to replace him with a draft pick that plays exactly like he does. Your Los Angeles Clippers, everybody, that’s what they do best. Get guys past their prime, dump other before they reach it. Trade valuable players for junk only to draft players of the exact same characteristics and skill sets.

The only good news is that four of the four best players from last year’s roster (Davis, Gordon, Griffin, Kaman) are  returning and all four are healthy to start the 2010-11 season.(pleasedontjinxit, pleasedontjinxit, pleasedontjinxit)

Key Additions


Eric Bledsoe, Al-farouq Aminu and Blake Griffin.

Let me just put this out there, Ryan Gomes and Randy Foye are nothing more than insurance policies. Ryan Gomes is the “just in case our draft pick to start at SF is a bust” signing of the summer. Randy Foye will forever be known as “traded for Brandon Roy on draft night”. He is here in case Denver is dumb enough to take Baron Davis’ contract in exchange for ‘Melo and Bledsoe isn’t ready to run a NBA team yet.

Eric Bledsoe is a superb basketball player. He received limited notoriety in college because he played alongside John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and two other 2010 draft picks. Look for Bledsoe to work his way into the rotation as Baron’s backup and possible replacement in the future.

Al-farouq Aminu is an athlete. At least that’s what I keep hearing. That’s great and all but the same could be said for Al Thornton and Travis Outlaw. There are two great possibilities that can come from this addition: 1.) Al becomes a better and smarter SF than the previous two or 2.) the Clippers use him as trade bait to secure Carmelo Anthony in a trade. 

Blake Griffin is a monster. In pre-season play he is dropping a cool 17 ppg and grabbing an NBA leading 12.3 rpg. Most of those points have come via power moves and high flying dunks. If Blake gets the ball inside the lane, he is going to dunk it, this you can count on. I asked the tweeple of twitter what is the best possible outcome for Blake’s career and my favorite response was “Shawn Kemp with brains”. Can’t wait for all the highlights without all the babies and coke. 

Conclusion

Cheer up, fellas.

For the Clippers it might actually be that year. The year where the Clippers make the playoffs and prove everyone wrong. The year that Clipper home games vs. the Lakers have more Blue & Red in the stands than Purple & Gold. This might be the year that people don’t go to Clipper games just to see the other team and all of this hinges on Blake Griffin and Baron Davis. If Blake can be that double machine, chances are that he can earn an all-star spot in a thinned out Western Conference. But he will need Baron to chip in. Baron Davis can single handedly turn Blake into an all-star just like how Nash turned Amar’e into one. The dribble drives dishes, the ally-oops, the pick and rolls all have to be perfected and run with precision, especially in a though Western Conference. Seven of eight playoff teams from last year still look like playoff teams (sorry, Suns) and three teams (Clippers, Hornets, Rockets) will all be battling for that #8 seed. 

Predictions & Fun Facts:

- Blake Griffin will lead the NBA in dunks

- Baron Davis will shoot a ridiculously high number of 3’s

http://clipperblog.com/ - The Best Clipper blog on the net.

- Key Twitter accounts: @BoomsBeard (yes, Baron’s beard has its own account), @EricPincus@LAClippers

-“This year the Clippers are going to be a playoff team, just wait and see.”

@Suga_Shane

Slam wants your help finding Eric Gordon a nickname. Help them out.
Personally, I like The Hobbit. 
@Suga_Shane

Slam wants your help finding Eric Gordon a nickname. Help them out.

Personally, I like The Hobbit

@Suga_Shane

gotemcoach:

Here’s how it works.  Good player wants more.  Good player practices all summer.  Good player comes back way better.  It’s called “The Leap.”  Here are the five young guys I think make a move this season.

Eric Gordon - SG, Los Angeles Clippers 
Every time one of these national teams is put together,  someone always comes out much better on the other side.  Somebody watched  his teammates and appreciated their hard work.  Someone felt challenged  in practices and decided to really grind out the summer working.  This  year, I think Eric Gordon fits the bill*.  His jumper has no wasted  motion.  None.  It’s wet.  Crazy wet.  Plus, he has a stout body, can get to  the hole, and should pick up a few things from playing alongside Baron  Davis (who has similar capabilities).  I think a lot of  people were surprised by Gordon’s inclusion on Team USA.  I think he  might have been a tad surprised too.  But when the wheels touched down  in Turkey, and Eric Gordon laced ‘em up, he looked around and said to  himself, “I belong here.”  He fed off his teammates, his confidence  grew, and his game got better as the summer dragged on.Career highs in everything is a reasonable goal.*I think the bill seems big enough for another Team USA’er.  Stay tuned.

JJ Hickson - PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
When JJ Hickson got serious burn, the Cavs were damn near unbeatable.  If Varejao starts in place of Shaq, and JJ starts at PF for Varejao, the Cavs win the title.  Just thinking out loud here.Hickson has the same hustle that makes you hate Varejao, but Hickson’s more athletic and runs the floor better.  He also has a much more refined offensive game.  JJ combines workable post moves and a good first step, with nose-for-the-ball offense.  JJ’ll (important no vowel contraction) save a ball under the basket and lay it in.  He’ll strip a center of a rebound and score near the basket.  He’ll dive for a loose ball and get rewarded late in the game.  I think the Cavaliers step up to the plate this year.  I think they’re a little ticked off, and I think that shows up in their play.  Fans will be pulling for the Cavs.  They’ll be loose and fun to watch, and I think JJ Hickson will be the biggest beneficiary of LeBron’s departure.  I think he has an outside shot at making the All-Star team.

Al Jefferson - PF/C, Utah JazzI know Al Jefferson’s been in the league for 6 seasons, I  know he’s gotten some pub prior to this, and I know his numbers were  all steadily increasing up until last year.  But no one’s considered him a real monster.  This year, I think it happens.He’s never been  in a better opportunity.  He’s never played with a better PG.  He’s  never played in a more supportive fan base.  He’s never been supported  with a center who could step out, knock down 3’s and clear the lane for  his post-up game.  And he’s never played for a better coach.Jerry  Sloan’s had 3 seasons of sub .500 basketball in his 25 year career.   And let’s be honest, a lot of those post-Malone/pre-Deron Jazz teams  were filled with garbage and scrap.  He knows how to put post players in  the right spots, and he knows how to get the most out of his guys.   Plus, he’ll be playing all year in a Western Conference that lacks  dominant post play.If Jefferson has it in him, we’ll see it this year.

Darren Collison - PG, Indiana PacersTotal East Coast bias here.  Saw Darren Collison once in  college.  I assumed Jrue Holiday was going to be the better player of those two  just because he went earlier in the draft.  That’s how little I knew.And then last year, Chris Paul got injured.  I’d be lying  if I told you I started watching his games then.  What I did do was pick  him up in my fantasy league.  Mainly to pinch the owner who drafted  Chris Paul, but additionally, to firm up my backcourt.  I didn’t expect  much from him.What happened next blew me away.  Fantasy-wise, he  basically stepped into Chris Paul’s statistical gap.  And we’re not  talking about Morris Peterson numbers here.  We’re  talking about the numbers of a first-round fantasy pick.That’s  when I started watching him.  He has long arms.  Strong defensively.  Runs the break and finishes well.  A jumper with potential.  He continues to stretch  his range, and best of all, he’s a floor general.  A good, ol’ fashioned  point guard.  Now he’s stepping into a plum job on a young  team, with good leadership.  The dominoes are set up for Darren Collison.

Russell Westbrook - PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Excuse me for one second.  I’m listening to my gut.Okay, my gut’s feeling like Russell Westbrook makes the biggest move this year, and the reasons are three-fold (in ascending order):3.) He plays with Kevin Durant.  Durant isn’t just a phenomenal player who makes the game easier for everyone else.  He’s also perfectly built to play in the offense OKC runs.  Russell Westbrook is too.  They’re both freakishly athletic and run like colts.  Two young studs, in the perfect system, helping each other out.  If he learns to manage a game, he’ll be in the best PG conversation when OKC makes it to the Western Conference Finals.2.) He wants it.  He cares.  If you watched the FIBA World Championships, you probably noticed Uncle Rusty likes to dunk the basketball (brand new nickname - I expect compliance). What I liked more than his incredible dunks was the way he shot the gaps to get the steals that lead to the incredible dunks.  What I liked more than him shooting the gaps was his reaction after shooting the gap to get the steal that lead to the incredible dunk.  He’d scream.  You could see his passion, how much he cared, bubbling over.This guy hated his defender playing off of him.  He hated it so much, he took jumpshots to force his opponent to play honestly.  Maybe it wasn’t a great idea, but he couldn’t let the other guy win the battle.I got the strong impression that Uncle Rusty didn’t just want to win games.  He wanted to blow the other team out.1.) I just have this gut feeling.

(brainworks/gotemcoach)

gotemcoach:

Here’s how it works.  Good player wants more.  Good player practices all summer.  Good player comes back way better.  It’s called “The Leap.”  Here are the five young guys I think make a move this season.

Eric Gordon - SG, Los Angeles Clippers

Every time one of these national teams is put together, someone always comes out much better on the other side.  Somebody watched his teammates and appreciated their hard work.  Someone felt challenged in practices and decided to really grind out the summer working. 

This year, I think Eric Gordon fits the bill*.  His jumper has no wasted motion.  None.  It’s wet.  Crazy wet.  Plus, he has a stout body, can get to the hole, and should pick up a few things from playing alongside Baron Davis (who has similar capabilities). 

I think a lot of people were surprised by Gordon’s inclusion on Team USA.  I think he might have been a tad surprised too.  But when the wheels touched down in Turkey, and Eric Gordon laced ‘em up, he looked around and said to himself, “I belong here.”  He fed off his teammates, his confidence grew, and his game got better as the summer dragged on.

Career highs in everything is a reasonable goal.

*I think the bill seems big enough for another Team USA’er.  Stay tuned.

JJ Hickson - PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

When JJ Hickson got serious burn, the Cavs were damn near unbeatable.  If Varejao starts in place of Shaq, and JJ starts at PF for Varejao, the Cavs win the title.  Just thinking out loud here.

Hickson has the same hustle that makes you hate Varejao, but Hickson’s more athletic and runs the floor better.  He also has a much more refined offensive game.  JJ combines workable post moves and a good first step, with nose-for-the-ball offense.  JJ’ll (important no vowel contraction) save a ball under the basket and lay it in.  He’ll strip a center of a rebound and score near the basket.  He’ll dive for a loose ball and get rewarded late in the game. 

I think the Cavaliers step up to the plate this year.  I think they’re a little ticked off, and I think that shows up in their play.  Fans will be pulling for the Cavs.  They’ll be loose and fun to watch, and I think JJ Hickson will be the biggest beneficiary of LeBron’s departure.  I think he has an outside shot at making the All-Star team.

Al Jefferson - PF/C, Utah Jazz

I know Al Jefferson’s been in the league for 6 seasons, I know he’s gotten some pub prior to this, and I know his numbers were all steadily increasing up until last year.  But no one’s considered him a real monster.  This year, I think it happens.

He’s never been in a better opportunity.  He’s never played with a better PG.  He’s never played in a more supportive fan base.  He’s never been supported with a center who could step out, knock down 3’s and clear the lane for his post-up game.  And he’s never played for a better coach.

Jerry Sloan’s had 3 seasons of sub .500 basketball in his 25 year career.  And let’s be honest, a lot of those post-Malone/pre-Deron Jazz teams were filled with garbage and scrap.  He knows how to put post players in the right spots, and he knows how to get the most out of his guys.  Plus, he’ll be playing all year in a Western Conference that lacks dominant post play.

If Jefferson has it in him, we’ll see it this year.

Darren Collison - PG, Indiana Pacers

Total East Coast bias here.  Saw Darren Collison once in college.  I assumed Jrue Holiday was going to be the better player of those two just because he went earlier in the draft.  That’s how little I knew.

And then last year, Chris Paul got injured.  I’d be lying if I told you I started watching his games then.  What I did do was pick him up in my fantasy league.  Mainly to pinch the owner who drafted Chris Paul, but additionally, to firm up my backcourt.  I didn’t expect much from him.

What happened next blew me away.  Fantasy-wise, he basically stepped into Chris Paul’s statistical gap.  And we’re not talking about Morris Peterson numbers here.  We’re talking about the numbers of a first-round fantasy pick.

That’s when I started watching him.  He has long arms.  Strong defensively.  Runs the break and finishes well.  A jumper with potential.  He continues to stretch his range, and best of all, he’s a floor general.  A good, ol’ fashioned point guard.  Now he’s stepping into a plum job on a young team, with good leadership. 

The dominoes are set up for Darren Collison.

Russell Westbrook - PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

Excuse me for one second.  I’m listening to my gut.

Okay, my gut’s feeling like Russell Westbrook makes the biggest move this year, and the reasons are three-fold (in ascending order):

3.) He plays with Kevin Durant.  Durant isn’t just a phenomenal player who makes the game easier for everyone else.  He’s also perfectly built to play in the offense OKC runs.  Russell Westbrook is too.  They’re both freakishly athletic and run like colts.  Two young studs, in the perfect system, helping each other out.  If he learns to manage a game, he’ll be in the best PG conversation when OKC makes it to the Western Conference Finals.

2.) He wants it.  He cares.  If you watched the FIBA World Championships, you probably noticed Uncle Rusty likes to dunk the basketball (brand new nickname - I expect compliance). What I liked more than his incredible dunks was the way he shot the gaps to get the steals that lead to the incredible dunks.  What I liked more than him shooting the gaps was his reaction after shooting the gap to get the steal that lead to the incredible dunk.  He’d scream.  You could see his passion, how much he cared, bubbling over.

This guy hated his defender playing off of him.  He hated it so much, he took jumpshots to force his opponent to play honestly.  Maybe it wasn’t a great idea, but he couldn’t let the other guy win the battle.

I got the strong impression that Uncle Rusty didn’t just want to win games.  He wanted to blow the other team out.

1.) I just have this gut feeling.

(brainworks/gotemcoach)

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