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Clippers To Reopen Practice Facilities On Monday

May 18, 2020 1:20 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers announced that they will reopen their practice facilities on Monday.

The Rockets also announced earlier in the weekend that they are reopening on Monday for voluntary workouts.

The following teams will have opened their facilities as of Monday: Cavs, Blazers, Nuggets, Grizzlies, Heat, Magic, Bucks, Raptors, Hawks, Pacers, Jazz, Kings, Lakers, Clippers, Rockets, and Pelicans.   

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Steve Ballmer Completes $400M Purchase Of The Forum From MSG

May 4, 2020 4:27 PM

CAPSS LLC has completed the purchase of The Forum in Inglewood from Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. Newly-created Forum Entertainment LLC will operate The Forum as a premier, live event venue with the existing leadership team of Geni Lincoln and Mike Fallon remaining in place, reporting to Gillian Zucker, Clippers President of Business Operations.
 
“We are excited to welcome The Forum to our family. The talented team at The Forum has created a world-class live entertainment venue, and we are committed to building upon that reputation," said Zucker. “Having The Forum just a short distance from the L.A. Clippers’ new arena will give us the opportunity to provide the City of Inglewood with a number of benefits, including a collaborative approach to managing traffic and community activities.”
 
It is expected that all of the venue’s California-based staff will remain as employees of Forum Entertainment LLC, and assist in making the transition seamless for artists, partners and fans. 
 
The Clippers’ plans for a new, privately financed, fan-focused NBA arena in Inglewood near The Forum continue to move forward, with public hearings slated to begin this summer.

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Jerry West: Lakers-Clippers Conference Finals Would Draw 'Record Numbers On TNT'

May 4, 2020 1:35 AM

Jerry West spoke of his desire to see a potential Western Conference Finals matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, adding that it would draw record viewership.

West is currently a consultant for the Clippers.

“We were ascending, and now, when are we going to get back? When are we going to get back? And then the Lakers across town — this would have been an incredible thing for basketball. If someway, somehow, these two teams could have played in a Western Conference Final.

"I think you would have seen record numbers on TNT, I think the viewership would have been obviously biased to the Lakers — which is great! It’s just horrible to sit here and not have something to root for, or me anticipating to see Milwaukee in the East or the other good teams over there," West told Ernie Johnson on NBA TV.

The Clippers won two out of three regular season games against the Lakers. 

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Kawhi Leonard Loses Lawsuit Against Nike Over 'Klaw' Logo

Apr 25, 2020 5:59 PM

Kawhi Leonard lost his copyright lawsuit against Nike alleging that the sneaker company stole his "Klaw" logo.

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman ruled that the two designs were "substantively different."

"It’s not merely a derivative work of the sketch itself. I do find it to be new and significantly different from the design," ruled the judge.

Leonard was looking to take his "Klaw" logo to New Balance

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Tyronn Lue Interested In Becoming Head Coach Of Nets

Apr 21, 2020 12:27 PM

Tyronn Lue has interest in becoming head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

Lue is currently an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers after turning down a three-year, $18 million offer to become head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lue previously coached Kyrie Irving with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Nets fired Kenny Atkinson as head coach in March and currently has Jacque Vaughn in the job on an interim basis. 

Tom Thibodeau, Mark Jakson, Phil Handy and Jason Kidd are also potential candidates.

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Lou Williams On Finishing Career With Clippers: 'I'm Not Playing For Anybody Else After This'

Apr 19, 2020 2:57 PM

Lou Williams revealed that he wants to finish his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, discussing how he was rejuvenated after joining the team.

"I was at a place in my career where I thought that I was done, and Doc and the rest of the guys rejuvenated me again and gave me that confidence that I needed to move forward in my career. And I've had the best years of my career with the Clippers," said Williams during an interview with Ros Gold-Onwude.

Williams has one year remaining on his three-year, $24 million deal.

Williams added that he doesn't see himself playing for any other team.

"This is it. Listen, all teams out there, I'm not playing for anybody else after this... That's my leverage. I identify with this group of guys, I identify with this organization. I don't see me finding that somewhere else."

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Doc Rivers Channels Dr. Seuss On NBA Return: I Will Play Anywhere, I Will Play In A House

Apr 9, 2020 11:28 AM

The NBA is considering a number of options for how they will handle finishing the rest of the 19-20 season if they receive the all-clear. Teams will almost certainly play without fans in attendance and could also play best-of-three playoff rounds.

Doc Rivers referenced the works of Dr. Seuss for how he feels about the situation with his willingness to play anywhere.

"If it means we get to play and continue our pursuit for the goal that we want, I feel like Dr. Seuss: 'I will play anywhere. I will play in a house. I will play in a mouse,'" Rivers said. "I think that's how our team feels. We don't care where, when, why, what. We just want to go after our goal. I'm speaking by myself on that."

Rivers has assigned his assistants potential playoff opponents to scout and prepare for.

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Clippers Believe Break Will Help Kawhi Leonard Get Into 'Phenomenal Shape'

Apr 9, 2020 11:24 AM

Doc Rivers expects Kawhi Leonard to be in "phenomenal" shape whenever the NBA returns as the time away will give his body a chance to rest after he spent last offseason recovering from injuries and a long title run with the Toronto Raptors.

"I know Kawhi's overworking. I can guarantee you that," Rivers said with a laugh Wednesday on a video call with reporters. "And the difference is, during the summer, Kawhi couldn't work, you know, so now he's got this break and he's able to train.

"The Kawhi we'll see will be in phenomenal shape. PG [Paul George] is another guy that's gonna be in phenomenal shape."

The Clippers have tried to keep their players in the best shape possible by providing them personal workout equipment to build home gyms if needed.

"Our performance and medical team did a great job of kind of seeing probably what lies ahead and said we're probably gonna have to get each of our players home gyms," said Lawrence Frank, president of basketball operations. "And by those guys being ahead of it, it allowed them to get the ball rolling because once the NBA did close facilities, when all teams were calling for supplies, there was such a run because you're not just dealing with the NBA but with all athletes, and literally, people were out of equipment."

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Steve Ballmer Buys The Forum From MSG For $400M In Cash

Mar 24, 2020 8:40 PM

Steve Ballmer has agreed to purchase the Forum in Inglewood for $400 million in cash from The Madison Square Garden Company.

The Forum was recently renovated to serve as a music venue and it will remain in tact.

The move will clear the way for Ballmer to build a basketball arena in Inglewood.

"This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future," Ballmer said in the news release. "We are committed to our investment in the City of Inglewood, which will be good for the community, the Clippers, and our fans."

The Clippers say owning both the Forum and a new arena will help coordinate and alleviate traffic congestion.

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Terance Mann Undergoes Surgery To Repair Ligament In Right Hand

Mar 18, 2020 3:20 PM

Terance Mann underwent surgery yesterday to repair a ligament in his right hand. Mann suffered the injury during a game on March 8, 2020 while on assignment with the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.  No timetable for his return to basketball has been set.

Mann, 23, has appeared in 35 games for the Clippers this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 assists per game. The first-year guard out of Florida State spent 20 games with the Clippers’ G League affiliate, averaging 15.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 35.0 minutes played for Agua Caliente.  

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Bulls, Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets Among Teams To Provide Financial Support For Event Employees

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Clippers Sign Joakim Noah

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Joakim Noah Agrees To Sign With Clippers

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Clippers Expected To Pursue Kris Dunn In Free Agency

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Unnamed GM: Kawhi Leonard Scared The Living Hell Out Of Everyone To Take Player-Centric Approach

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Steve Ballmer In 'Advanced Negotiations' To Purchase The Forum

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Kawhi Leonard Says 'Sky's The Limit' For Healthy Clippers

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Clippers Interested In Re-Signing Both Montrezl Harrell, Marcus Morris

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Doc Rivers Says Clippers Are Not A 'Flip-The-Switch Team'

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Kawhi Leonard Says 'The Time Is Now' For Clippers To Put Winning Run Together

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Paul George, Patrick Beverley Out For Saturday Game Versus Kings

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Lakers-Clippers Game Rescheduled For April 9th

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Reggie Jackson Agrees To Buyout With Pistons, Plans To Sign With Clippers

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Evan Turner To Workout With Clippers

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Lakers, Bucks Favorites To Win NBA Title

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Paul George Leaves Game With Hamstring Injury

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Paul George Fined $35,000 For Public Criticism Of Referees

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Paul George Says 'There Was Some Home-Court Cooking' Following Clippers Loss In Philadelphia

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Lakers, Clippers Have Interest In Tyler Johnson

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Darren Collison To Remain Retired Amid Interest From Lakers, Clippers

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