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winstonwolfe:

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Like they say: “Eighth Time’s A Charm”, right?
(designed by waxandmilk)

Simply mention that you might buy a Matt Barnes t-shirt if one were to be made & look what this guy goes and produces. Genius.

Matt Barnes has signed with the Clippers, totally making this Matt Barnes graphic relevant again. 

winstonwolfe:

nbaoffseason:

Like they say: “Eighth Time’s A Charm”, right?

(designed by waxandmilk)

Simply mention that you might buy a Matt Barnes t-shirt if one were to be made & look what this guy goes and produces. Genius.

Matt Barnes has signed with the Clippers, totally making this Matt Barnes graphic relevant again. 

Candy stores in the greater Los Angeles area, this is your lucky day! Candy enthusiast and former Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom is returning to the Los Angeles Clippers, in a four-team trade that will send Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz. In return, Dallas gets a trade exception (from Utah’s Mehmet Okur trade), while Houston gets a second-round pick from Utah, and sends cash to the Mavs.
Why was Houston involved at all? Because Daryl Morey is more addicted to trades than Odom is to Skittles.

Candy stores in the greater Los Angeles area, this is your lucky day! Candy enthusiast and former Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom is returning to the Los Angeles Clippers, in a four-team trade that will send Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz. In return, Dallas gets a trade exception (from Utah’s Mehmet Okur trade), while Houston gets a second-round pick from Utah, and sends cash to the Mavs.

Why was Houston involved at all? Because Daryl Morey is more addicted to trades than Odom is to Skittles.

On Monday afternoon, the Portland Trailblazers announced Neil Olshey as their new general manager. Last Friday, it seemed like Olshey would return as the general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers.  As it goes with the Clippers, the deal fell apart and Olshey headed to Portland. 
For all of the changes the Clippers have made on the court this year, Donald Sterling is still the same owner. The same owner does not want to pay for coaches and in this case, a general manager. It’s makes more financial sense for Sterling to pick up Vinny Del Negro’s option for a third season as the Clippers’ head coach instead of spending money to bring in a name that could help take the team to the next level. 
While the Clippers never quite recovered from Chauncey Billups’ injury this season, Olshey built a really strong team. Olshey was able to unload a seemingly toxic Baron Davis contract right before the 2011 trade deadline. He knew what he was doing and he deserved a pay increase for all of his work. Also, there was a rumor that Olshey wasn’t a big Vinny Del Negro fan and maybe he wasn’t too keen on working with a lame duck coach again. 
It’s a great move for the Blazers as they begin to rebuild and start a new era. 

On Monday afternoon, the Portland Trailblazers announced Neil Olshey as their new general manager. Last Friday, it seemed like Olshey would return as the general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers.  As it goes with the Clippers, the deal fell apart and Olshey headed to Portland. 

For all of the changes the Clippers have made on the court this year, Donald Sterling is still the same owner. The same owner does not want to pay for coaches and in this case, a general manager. It’s makes more financial sense for Sterling to pick up Vinny Del Negro’s option for a third season as the Clippers’ head coach instead of spending money to bring in a name that could help take the team to the next level. 

While the Clippers never quite recovered from Chauncey Billups’ injury this season, Olshey built a really strong team. Olshey was able to unload a seemingly toxic Baron Davis contract right before the 2011 trade deadline. He knew what he was doing and he deserved a pay increase for all of his work. Also, there was a rumor that Olshey wasn’t a big Vinny Del Negro fan and maybe he wasn’t too keen on working with a lame duck coach again. 

It’s a great move for the Blazers as they begin to rebuild and start a new era. 

After unsuccessfully surviving Sportsamgeddon (or Sportsachella) last weekend, the Los Angeles sports scene is entering not necessarily a new era, but a highly unusual one. One where up is down and down is up or just return of old favorites.
The Dodgers currently have the best record in baseball after reviled owner Frank McCourt sold the team in the spring. With the return of Matt Barkley and the end of its two year bowl ban, USC looks poised to return to prominence. Even UCLA football looks like it could bounce back with new coach Jim L. Mora. And of course, the Kings are only one game away from the Stanley Cup finals. On the flip side, the Angels are barely treading water in the American League following the big money signings of Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. Sadly, the Galaxy haven’t found a way to recover from defender Omar Gonzlez’s season ending injury. 
Which brings us to the Clippers and the Lakers. One team potentially bright future ahead and the other is heading for a dark and tumultuous summer. 
It’s difficult to not sound like an AYSO coach or soccer mom when talking about the Clippers’ season and playoff performance. Yes, they got swept by the San Antonio Spurs, but the Spurs are playing at a completely different level right now. The Spurs are playing total football. Looking at the positives of the Clippers situation, Blake Griffin learned or at least, hopefully learned a lot of playing against Tim Duncan and Zach Randolph for consecutive games. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are at turning point in their careers: do they continue on as raw athletic talent or do they become skilled players? It’s quickly becoming a punch line, but hopefully Griffin and Jordan spend some time with Hakeen Olajuwon or Kareem Abdul Jabbar in the off season. Better yet if Griffin is called to the Olympics, that experience could help round out his game more. 
The biggest hurdle that Clippers face this summer is their coaching situation. For an underachiever, Vinny Del Negro did fairly well in the playoffs. Del Negro rode with his veterans Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans down the stretch in that crucial game seven against Memphis. At times during the regular season, it seemed like the players weren’t buying into Del Negro’s system. Do the Clippers test the coaching market and attempt to find a coach that would appease Chris Paul and Blake Griffin? Coaches like Mike D’Antoni, Nate McMillan and the recently fired Stan Van Gundy are all available. While it seems incredibly unlikely, Donald Sterling could offer Phil Jackson enough money to come out of retirement. Stranger things have happen. 
Things seem a bit more cloudy for the Clippers’ Staples Center roommate, the Lakers. The angry mob that’s lighting the call board at 710 ESPN are probably bitching out Andrew Bynum for his disappearance from the playoffs after the first game against the Denver Nuggets, sending Pau Gasol to Orlando or Brooklyn, wondering why they traded Fisher and Odom, firing general manager Mitch Kupchak, and, of course, suggesting that there’s a conspiracy against the Lakers after David Stern wrongfully nixed the Chris Paul deal. Naturally, Kobe Bryant will go partially unscathed from the callers. 
Kobe Bryant certainly fought hard for basketball life in the playoffs, but there were many moments when Bryant appeared mortal despite his off season surgies. As I wrote before, the Oklahoma series was the part of the movie when the kid gets revenge on the bad guy who killed his parents in the first act. It’s the end of the line for one hero and another becomes a hero for the first time. 
At the same time, Kobe Bryant isn’t going to give up that easily nor will the Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers don’t rebuild, they reload, as some one once said. Their salary cap situation makes certainly difficult to pull off a lot of trades or pursue free agents, but Mitch Kupchak and Lakers team president Jim Buss will find a way. For all of the shit we’ve given Jim Buss this year, he knew what he was doing with the attempted Chris Paul trade. That trade would’ve made the transition from Phil Jackson to Mike Brown a little smoother.
Would the addition of Dwight Howard and Deron Williams bring Bryant that elusive sixth championship? Maybe.
Another question to ask: how will handle Kobe Bryant handle this off season? Will he go on any local sports talk radio station and complain about the organization or will he just fly under the radar?  

After unsuccessfully surviving Sportsamgeddon (or Sportsachella) last weekend, the Los Angeles sports scene is entering not necessarily a new era, but a highly unusual one. One where up is down and down is up or just return of old favorites.

The Dodgers currently have the best record in baseball after reviled owner Frank McCourt sold the team in the spring. With the return of Matt Barkley and the end of its two year bowl ban, USC looks poised to return to prominence. Even UCLA football looks like it could bounce back with new coach Jim L. Mora. And of course, the Kings are only one game away from the Stanley Cup finals. On the flip side, the Angels are barely treading water in the American League following the big money signings of Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. Sadly, the Galaxy haven’t found a way to recover from defender Omar Gonzlez’s season ending injury. 

Which brings us to the Clippers and the Lakers. One team potentially bright future ahead and the other is heading for a dark and tumultuous summer. 

It’s difficult to not sound like an AYSO coach or soccer mom when talking about the Clippers’ season and playoff performance. Yes, they got swept by the San Antonio Spurs, but the Spurs are playing at a completely different level right now. The Spurs are playing total football. Looking at the positives of the Clippers situation, Blake Griffin learned or at least, hopefully learned a lot of playing against Tim Duncan and Zach Randolph for consecutive games. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are at turning point in their careers: do they continue on as raw athletic talent or do they become skilled players? It’s quickly becoming a punch line, but hopefully Griffin and Jordan spend some time with Hakeen Olajuwon or Kareem Abdul Jabbar in the off season. Better yet if Griffin is called to the Olympics, that experience could help round out his game more. 

The biggest hurdle that Clippers face this summer is their coaching situation. For an underachiever, Vinny Del Negro did fairly well in the playoffs. Del Negro rode with his veterans Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans down the stretch in that crucial game seven against Memphis. At times during the regular season, it seemed like the players weren’t buying into Del Negro’s system. Do the Clippers test the coaching market and attempt to find a coach that would appease Chris Paul and Blake Griffin? Coaches like Mike D’Antoni, Nate McMillan and the recently fired Stan Van Gundy are all available. While it seems incredibly unlikely, Donald Sterling could offer Phil Jackson enough money to come out of retirement. Stranger things have happen. 

Things seem a bit more cloudy for the Clippers’ Staples Center roommate, the Lakers. The angry mob that’s lighting the call board at 710 ESPN are probably bitching out Andrew Bynum for his disappearance from the playoffs after the first game against the Denver Nuggets, sending Pau Gasol to Orlando or Brooklyn, wondering why they traded Fisher and Odom, firing general manager Mitch Kupchak, and, of course, suggesting that there’s a conspiracy against the Lakers after David Stern wrongfully nixed the Chris Paul deal. Naturally, Kobe Bryant will go partially unscathed from the callers. 

Kobe Bryant certainly fought hard for basketball life in the playoffs, but there were many moments when Bryant appeared mortal despite his off season surgies. As I wrote before, the Oklahoma series was the part of the movie when the kid gets revenge on the bad guy who killed his parents in the first act. It’s the end of the line for one hero and another becomes a hero for the first time. 

At the same time, Kobe Bryant isn’t going to give up that easily nor will the Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers don’t rebuild, they reload, as some one once said. Their salary cap situation makes certainly difficult to pull off a lot of trades or pursue free agents, but Mitch Kupchak and Lakers team president Jim Buss will find a way. For all of the shit we’ve given Jim Buss this year, he knew what he was doing with the attempted Chris Paul trade. That trade would’ve made the transition from Phil Jackson to Mike Brown a little smoother.

Would the addition of Dwight Howard and Deron Williams bring Bryant that elusive sixth championship? Maybe.

Another question to ask: how will handle Kobe Bryant handle this off season? Will he go on any local sports talk radio station and complain about the organization or will he just fly under the radar?  

gotemcoach:

Q: Who committed more fouls in the Spurs v. Clippers 2nd Round series: Tim Duncan or Blake Griffin?

A: Tim Duncan and Blake Griffin have never committed a foul, ever, since they’ve been born.

#GotEmCoach

Stat of the Night

Patty Mills, Spurs: 1 rebound

Blake Griffin, Clippers: 1 rebound

Look at these basketball players. 
Via Madelyn Burke

Look at these basketball players. 

Via Madelyn Burke

2009 #1 pick Blake Griffin sat on the bench for most of the fourth quarter, while 2000 #1 pick Kenyon Martin won Game 7 for the Clippers (with a little help from Reggie Evans, Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe, and, oh yeah, Chris Paul).
The much-maligned Vinny Del Negro deserves credit with sticking with his effective bench well into the fourth quarter, though it’s still possible Chauncey Billups is actually deciding the player rotations.

2009 #1 pick Blake Griffin sat on the bench for most of the fourth quarter, while 2000 #1 pick Kenyon Martin won Game 7 for the Clippers (with a little help from Reggie Evans, Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe, and, oh yeah, Chris Paul).

The much-maligned Vinny Del Negro deserves credit with sticking with his effective bench well into the fourth quarter, though it’s still possible Chauncey Billups is actually deciding the player rotations.

Who’d have thought that a ‘Beat L.A.’ chant would ever mean the Clippers?
— Jeff Van Gundy
A sad trend has started to developed in the first round of the 2012 playoffs. It started in Philadelphia when Sixers fans cheered Joakim Noah’s injury and it happened again in Memphis last night. 
The biggest bone of contention with Blake Griffin is his flopping. Griffin isn’t tough enough. He falls down with the slightest touch. So when he went down late in the third quarter after making contact with Marc Gasol, the fans at FedEx Forum began to boo and Twitter started to call Griffin, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. 
I would hope at this point we as basketball fans would be able to tell the difference between a flop and an actual injury. Obviously watching the game on television, I had a better understanding of what happened and the knowledge that the knee Griffin strained was the same leg that he injured back in 2009 and sidelined him for an entire season. This isn’t a soccer and a trainer isn’t going to come out with a magical spray can, when a trainer comes to the floor, it’s probably an injury.
Fans have the right to boo any player they want, but can we just hold off when it comes to an injury? If the injury was faked, then boo the player as soon as he gets back up and runs around the court. 
As for Griffin and Paul’s injuries: Blake Griffin sprained his left knee and is expected to have an MRI today and Paul has a sore right hip. 

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

A sad trend has started to developed in the first round of the 2012 playoffs. It started in Philadelphia when Sixers fans cheered Joakim Noah’s injury and it happened again in Memphis last night. 

The biggest bone of contention with Blake Griffin is his flopping. Griffin isn’t tough enough. He falls down with the slightest touch. So when he went down late in the third quarter after making contact with Marc Gasol, the fans at FedEx Forum began to boo and Twitter started to call Griffin, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. 

I would hope at this point we as basketball fans would be able to tell the difference between a flop and an actual injury. Obviously watching the game on television, I had a better understanding of what happened and the knowledge that the knee Griffin strained was the same leg that he injured back in 2009 and sidelined him for an entire season. This isn’t a soccer and a trainer isn’t going to come out with a magical spray can, when a trainer comes to the floor, it’s probably an injury.

Fans have the right to boo any player they want, but can we just hold off when it comes to an injury? If the injury was faked, then boo the player as soon as he gets back up and runs around the court. 

As for Griffin and Paul’s injuries: Blake Griffin sprained his left knee and is expected to have an MRI today and Paul has a sore right hip. 

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

"Is Nick Young gonna have to choke a Grizz?"
Nick Young put on his, ummm, “escort management" outfit last night for the post-game presser. And now you know why they call him Swaggy P. Perhaps he’s trying to reinvent Lob City and rename it Mob City.
Either way, I think looking like the offspring of Kid Cudi and Kanye West is a good look. 
@Suga_Shane

"Is Nick Young gonna have to choke a Grizz?"

Nick Young put on his, ummm, “escort management" outfit last night for the post-game presser. And now you know why they call him Swaggy P. Perhaps he’s trying to reinvent Lob City and rename it Mob City.

Either way, I think looking like the offspring of Kid Cudi and Kanye West is a good look. 

@Suga_Shane

While every one and their mother wants to throw Blake Griffin out of the league for flopping and an inability to play tough (if the referees are going to call it, then it’s on the referees), there are more glaring problems in his overall game. 
Griffin only had five rebounds before fouling out in over time. I believe Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said something in the post game press conference that the Clippers bigs were attempting to box out Memphis on the glass, but the Grizzlies won the rebound game that night. 
So, Blake Griffin, please get more rebounds and lock yourself in a gym and work on those free throws. 
Also, Zach Randolph isn’t fully back from his injury and if ZBo was 100%, it would be a completely different series. 
(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

While every one and their mother wants to throw Blake Griffin out of the league for flopping and an inability to play tough (if the referees are going to call it, then it’s on the referees), there are more glaring problems in his overall game. 

Griffin only had five rebounds before fouling out in over time. I believe Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said something in the post game press conference that the Clippers bigs were attempting to box out Memphis on the glass, but the Grizzlies won the rebound game that night. 

So, Blake Griffin, please get more rebounds and lock yourself in a gym and work on those free throws. 

Also, Zach Randolph isn’t fully back from his injury and if ZBo was 100%, it would be a completely different series. 

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

In Case You Missed It Last Night…

Nick Young’s pre and post game Versace shirt. 

In the words of Chris Paul: “You gotta feel pretty good about yourself to wear that” 

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Is Chauncey Billups officially the head coach of the Clippers yet?
 (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Is Chauncey Billups officially the head coach of the Clippers yet?

 (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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