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NBA To Hold Serious Talks On Eliminating Hack-A-Shaq

Apr 24, 2015 9:02 PM

Adam Silver expects the NBA to have "full-throated conversations" in the offseason about implementing rules to eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq strategy.

Silver acknowledged that changing rules is difficult, but that the league must consider whether the Hack-a-Shaq detracts from the game's entertainment value.

"It's something that I'm on the fence about," Silver told ESPN. "My thought used to be that we should definitely change the rule, and then having sat through several general managers meetings, competition meetings and having heard from some of the game's very best, the view is the players should hit their free throws. That's changed my view a little bit.

"Having said that, when I watch some of these games on television, frankly, it's not great entertainment for our fans, and that's important as well. What I've said is we have another general managers meeting coming up in May, we have a competition committee meeting in June, and I'm sure it's going to be a hot topic of discussion. Then, we have an owners meeting in July, so I think at all three of those meetings we're going to be having full-throated conversations about what the right rules should be going forward."

The San Antonio Spurs used the strategy against DeAndre Jordan in Game 2.

"But at the end of the day, it's about the game," Silver said. "I used to run something called NBA Entertainment, but I always remind myself in my job now as commissioner and managing the league office, it's the game above all. So I think we have to [determine] what makes the most sense for the game.

"That's why I'm sensitive about guys being able to make their free throws, and I also find that sometimes it's a fascinating strategy. We're very conservative when it comes to changing the rules of the game. That's why changing the rules of the game requires more than the majority of the owners; it requires a super majority. So we've got to be very careful, but it is something that we're looking at closely."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA CBA

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Kawhi Leonard Wins Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 23, 2015 10:25 AM

Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2015 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan.

Leonard won the award despite playing in just 64 games and finished with 333 total points in the voting.

Green received eight more first place votes than Leonard and had 317 total points.

Anthony Davis finished with 107 points, followed by Rudy Gobert with 31 and Tony Allen with 29.

Click here to view the historical Defensive Player of the Year winners.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Award

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Doc Rivers: Players Want To Be Like Mike, Coaches Want To Be Like Pop

Apr 19, 2015 4:12 PM

Doc Rivers talked about how much he admires Gregg Popovich ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers' first round series against the San Antonio Spurs.

"I think every coach in the league wants to be like Pop," Rivers said. "Players want to be like Mike. We want to be like Pop."

Rivers nearly replaced Popovich as head coach of the Spurs in 1999. The Spurs had started the lockout-shortened season slowly and there was pressure to fire Popovich and hire Rivers, who was a member of their broadcast team.

Said Avery Johnson: "There was a lot of noise about Pop being potentially replaced by Doc."

 

The Spurs turned around their season and eventually won the Finals.

"The only talk I had back then was I made sure I wasn't a part of all that bulls---," Rivers told ESPN.com on Saturday. "I don't think it was as close as people thought it was. Maybe it was. I've read that it was. I tried to stay out of it."

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Clippers' New Rumored Logo Leaked (Pictures)

Apr 17, 2015 12:27 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers may get a new logo next season.

Steve Ballmer purchased the franchise a year ago and the Clippers' logo has remained largely unchanged throughout their history.

Two sources have sent Uni Watch the following designs:

Paul Lukas/Uni Watch

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Brad Stevens, Doc Rivers Named Coaches Of The Month For April

Apr 16, 2015 3:22 PM

Brad Stevens and Doc Rivers have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for April.

Stevens helped lead the Boston Celtics to a playoff berth in what was considered a probable rebuilding year.

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Have On-Court Argument

Apr 15, 2015 3:36 AM

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin argued on the court on Tuesday despite having a 23-point lead at the time.

"I hate when stuff goes unsaid," Doc Rivers said. "They were upset over one of the plays. Blake was more upset at himself. I didn't mind it at all ... They were up huge and they were mad at a miscommunicated play, and I kind of like that.

"You need it. I would say a year ago whenever anybody got upset over a play or something no one talked to each other. This group has really grown. We're just so much better at that. That gives you a chance, and in the West, all you can ask for is a chance."

Paul and Griffin engaged in an animated discussion in front of the Clippers' bench after Griffin was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with less than one second left in the first half. After teammates tried to mediate the conversation, Paul walked toward the bench and Griffin walked toward the court.

"To me, personally, I think it's a great thing for two guys like that to not settle for being up by 23 going into the locker room," Griffin said. "It's probably a perfectionist thing on both of our parts, but I think it's a great thing. The fact that we're out there talking about that last play shows we've made a lot of growth as a team."

 

Griffin said the conversation "was about the last couple of plays" down the stretch of the first half.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Tags: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Clippers Sign Lester Hudson To Multi-Year Deal

Apr 11, 2015 9:21 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed guard Lester Hudson to a multi-year agreement. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. This season, Hudson has appeared in three games with averages of 2.3 points and 1.7 steals for the Clippers after being signed to a 10-day contract on March 29. 

Hudson came to the Clippers from the Chinese Basketball Association where he is a two-time MVP (2014, 2015) and three-time All-Star (2012, 2014, 2015). Most recently, Hudson played for Liaoning where he averaged 31.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 50 games.

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Clippers Sign Lester Hudson On 10-Day Contract

Mar 29, 2015 1:14 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers signed Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract on Sunday.

Hudson played in the Chinese Basketball Association this season.

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Jamal Crawford Confident Of Returning This Season

Mar 26, 2015 6:48 PM

Jamal Crawford is not worried he may miss the rest of the season with his injured calf.

Crawford has been out for more than three weeks with what he describes as "the weirdest" injury of his NBA career.

“It’s hard not playing,” said Crawford, who is not traveling with the team on its current three-game trip, “but I just look at it as each day is a little closer to coming back. The team is playing well and I see my family a little more, so I’m trying to look at the positives.”

 

Crawford sustained the injury March 2.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Blake Griffin's Battery Case Dismissed
A man filed a complaint that Blake Griffin slapped him and grabbed his cell phone in Las Vegas last October.

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Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul Named NBA Players Of Week
Dwyane Wade led the Heat to a 3-1 week.

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Jamal Crawford Not Close To Return From Calf Injury
Jamal Crawford has a very deep bruise on his right calf and has no timetable for his return.

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Clippers Sign Jordan Hamilton For Remainder Of Season
Jordan Hamilton had been on two 10-day contracts with the Clippers to give the team depth on the wing.

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DeAndre Jordan: Free Agency Process Is Going To Be Fun
DeAndre Jordan will be one of the most highly sought after free agents in the 2015 offseason.

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Clippers, Celtics, Jazz Expressing Interest In Eric Griffin
The Jazz, Clippers and Celtics are showing interest in the possible call up of Eric Griffin, league sources told RealGM.

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Nate Robinson To Sign 2nd 10-Day Contract With Clippers
Nate Robinson's first 10-day contract ends on Monday.

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Blake Griffin Returns From Staph Infection Against Rockets
Blake Griffin missed the past 15 games due to a staph infection in his right elbow.

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Dahntay Jones Fined $10K By NBA For Bumping Draymond Green In Postgame Interview
Dahntay Jones was fined $10,000 for bumping Draymond Green in the nationally televised postgame interview on Sunday.

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Clippers Considering Deal With Andre Emmett
Andre Emmett is a leading candidate for D-League MVP, averaging 22.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

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Nate Robinson Signs With Clippers
Nate Robinson has signed a free-agent deal with the Clippers.

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Jordan Hamilton Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Clippers
Jordan Hamilton appeared in four games (two starts) for the Clippers.

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Blake Griffin Could Return On Sunday
Doc Rivers described Blake Griffin as going "full-tilt" in his workout.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Kendrick Perkins' Decision Came Down To Cavs, Clippers
Kendrick Perkins played AAU basketball with LeBron James and he chose the Cavaliers in part due to his relationship with him.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jordan Hamilton To Sign 10-Day Contract With Clippers
The Clippers have been examining the buyout and D-League market for small forward depth.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Report: Celtics Reneged On Promise To Buy Out Tayshaun Prince
The Celtics instead traded Tayshaun Prince to the Pistons.

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Bulls, Clippers, Cavs Expected To Pursue Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins will be bought out by the Jazz.

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Clippers, Blazers Interested In Tayshaun Prince If Bought Out
Tayshaun Prince is unlikely to be traded by the Celtics before the deadline.

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Thunder, Kings, Bulls, Clippers Interested In Arron Afflalo
The Nuggets are making Arron Afflalo available in trade talks, though serious discussions have yet to take place at this point.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Leaning Toward Signing With Mavericks
The Mavericks, Clippers, Suns and Spurs are interested in Amar'e Stoudemire.

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