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David Lee Might Not Be Going Anywhere

by 30/11/1999 @ 12:00 am

Jan 6th 2009 12:35PM by Matt Watson (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, Knicks, Trail BlazersAs Tom Ziller pointed out over the weekend, rumblings of a three-way deal between the Knicks, Blazers and Clippers surfaced a few days ago. Exact details of the alleged trade were never clear, but it seemed to hinge on David Lee (and potentially Eddy Curry) heading to Portland, Marcus Camby returning to New York and, well, going to the Clippers.

Now that a couple of days have passed without movement, the trade appears to be dead in the water — and if you believe the parties involved, it may not have ever been alive in the first place.

Jason Quick of the said last night that he’s “been told by multiple people, multiple times that this talk has zero legs to it. Zero.” Donnie Walsh was even more blunt, telling Mitch Lawrence of the , “That stuff is made up.” And Mike Dunleavy? He opted for sarcasm, telling the , “Oh yeah, I’m looking to trade 20 rebound (a night) guys every day.’”Continue Reading

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Doing Lines: Bizzaro Night in the East

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Jan 5th 2009 8:38AM by Tom Ziller (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, Knicks, Trail Blazers, NBA Last Night

Rule: if you drop 30 points on Boston, you get special consideration for Doing Lines. Welcome to the club, Wilson Chandler. The spiritual guide to D’Antoni Ball in the Big Apple dropped 31 points on 19 FGAs, and added eight rebounds and no turnovers. The hardest things to do against Boston: shoot efficiently and protect the ball. You’re a man, Mr. Chandler. (Al Harrington also dropped 30.)

Nicolas Batum has been cold as a starter in Portland, but Sunday’s loss to the Lakers featured a break-out of sorts: matched up against clone Trevor Ariza, Batum had 17 points on perfect 6-6 shooting, along with five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers. Batum’s starting because of his defense and his willingness to stand in the corner and hoist up open threes. It’s a boon when he can make those shots.

(20 rebounds, averaging 21/game over last four)Maybe soon they’ll replace Camby’s cousin as the rebound arbiter. Seems a little unfair.

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Mike Dunleavy Questions Clipper Injuries, Blames Agents For Holding Players Out

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Jan 5th 2009 3:10PM by Tom Ziller (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, NBA InjuriesClippers coach/general manager Mike Dunleavy hasn’t taken losing well this season, turning into a bit of a craggy old man. Last month he accused Dwyane Wade of skirting the rules of basketball constantly, and he seems to be at constant war with Elton Brand’s camp over their shocking summertime split.

Now he’s up to mischief bred closer to home. In a talk with Broderick Turner of the , he blames agents for injured players staying out of the line-up so long. “When guys get injured, typically you have agents that are going to tell them, ‘There’s no reason to hurry back. Make sure you’re 110% healthy before you come back,’ ” said Dunleavy, also the team’s general manager. “I think that’s one of the things you have to try and guard against. We don’t ever want anybody coming back that has a chance of injuring themselves.”

Baron Davis (bruised tailbone), Zach Randolph (sore left knee), Jason Hart (right elbow tendinitis), Chris Kaman (strained left arch), Mike Taylor (fractured right thumb) and Ricky Davis (sore left knee) all have timetables that may not be met because of the reason Dunleavy outlined.On the outset, this looks like Dunleavy passing the blame for a bad season. Coaches often blame luck, circumstances and injuries for poor play. That’s standard. But whining that players be on the court helping out but won’t because of selfish interests pushed by personal managers with financial security as Priority A? That comes off as, well, whining.

And while we could guess which Clip he speaks of all night, I’ll instead note that the one NBA player who has the oddest, most conspicuous long injury this season has been … Mike Dunleavy Jr.

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Baron Davis’ Shooting Problems Temporarily Solved: He’s Out With Another Injury

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Jan 3rd 2009 3:00AM by Brett Pollakoff (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, NBA Press Box

About 90 minutes before the Clippers were set to face the Suns, Mike Dunleavy informed us that Baron Davis would miss the game due to a bruised tailbone. It’s unclear exactly when it occurred (he had hard falls against both Denver and Sacramento) but Dunleavy did say that the Clippers’ trainer warned him after the team’s New year’s Eve loss to the Sixers to plan on him missing the contest in Phoenix.

The fact that Baron was out meant that I didn’t get the chance to talk to him about his poor shooting, which has been going on for a little while now. Over the last eight games, Baron is shooting a ridiculous 36-132, which translates to a dismal field goal percentage of just .272.

Since Baron wasn’t around to discuss the possible reasons for his recent slump, I asked coach Dunleavy to give me his thoughts on what was going on with Baron’s shot.

“Yeah, well, it wasn’t goin’ in,” Dunleavy said.Continue Reading

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NBA Players Talk About New Year’s Resolutions, Plans

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Dec 31st 2008 4:30PM by Elie Seckbach (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, Mavericks, NBA Videos, Interviews

Many people across the globe will be ringing in 2009 in style, and naturally that includes NBA players. In this video we talk to Marcus Camby, Al Thornton, Eric Gordon, Paul Davis and more about what they have planned for the new year. But most importantly, find out which player’s plans for 2009 include some salty fish, a shot of Jack, and starting a new clothing line.

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The Rotation: Blight Spreads Through the NBA

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Dec 30th 2008 1:00PM by Tom Ziller (author feed)
Filed under: Bobcats, Clippers, Kings, Timberwolves, Wizards, Thunder.

This weekend’s historically bad matchup between the Wizards and Thunder stood on its own awful pedestal while telling a really depressing truth about today’s NBA: there are a bunch of really bad teams in the league.

For some of these teams, the depths are only a brief stop on the path to regained greatness. But for others, the stench of the blighted air they inhabit threatens to stick long after the current draft class matures and the Summer of 2010 passes.

For these — the NBA’s Bleak — no days look bright. Which teams do I speak of? Follow us into the future, after the jump.
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Baron Davis Denies Wanting Out of LA

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Dec 30th 2008 3:05PM by Matt Watson (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, Warriors, NBA RumorsStephen Jackson started a mini-controversy by telling reporters that Baron Davis wanted to return to Golden State. Has Davis really given up on the Clippers that quickly? As Davis told Lisa Dillman of the , it was all a misunderstanding.
“No, I don’t want out,” he told The Times on Monday at practice. “I don’t know what Stephen Jackson got from my conversation. That never came out of my mouth.

“I’m here. I’m here doing the same thing I did at Golden State. The first year I got to Golden State it was rough. It was a tough season. We were figuring each other out, figuring out the system. That transition year is always a tough year.”
For what it’s worth, Davis did admit to reminiscing with Jackson, but denied actually regretting his decision.
“We talked about how I miss playing with him. When you see people, you miss what you had,” Davis said. “Obviously, in no way shape or form am I ready to jump ship.
So there you go, crisis averted. Davis is happy with his decision, and the 10-23 Warriors and 8-21 Clippers can resume their seasons without any fear of distraction.

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Baron Davis Wants to Come Back to the Golden State Warriors

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Dec 29th 2008 10:53AM by Tom Ziller (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, WarriorsFew franchises live with a reality bleaker than that of the Clippers. Golden State fits the bill, though. But never you mind that: Baron Davis told Stephen Jackson the point guard would love to come back to the Warriors via trade, and Jack told Marcus Thompson II of the , which is sure to please the Clippers. “That’s all we talked about,” Jackson said. “I went to his house, spent some time with his mom and his grandmother. He wants to come back. And if he wants to come back, I want him back.”The Warriors have been laughably bad, the Clippers have been laughably bad. Without question, Warriors management should regret letting Davis go. Davis should regret leaving. The Clippers should regret signing Davis without first securing Elton Brand. But all the regrets in the world won’t get these two teams talking.

There is absolutely Warriors management will talk with Clippers management following the Davis fiasco. The way in which Davis waited until nearly the last minute before executing his early termination option will not be forgotten by Robert Rowell or Chris Cohan … who led the charge to jettison Davis in the first place. If the management outside of Chris Mullin didn’t like Davis before June 30, do you really expect them to swallow pride and change course so soon? If so, you haven’t paid much attention to the Warriors.

The admission from Davis’ side is hilarious, though. He’d had Acknowledgment and Resolution already. I guess this would be Pursuance. Nothing left but a Psalm.

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The NBA’s Drug Policy Victimizes Ricky Davis

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Dec 29th 2008 9:15PM by Brett Pollakoff (author feed)
Filed under: ClippersRicky Davis no longer plays for the Heat; he’s been a member of the Clippers since the beginning of the season. But in any uniform, Ricky can now be categorized with a single word: .

That’s one way to look at it I suppose, as we received word that Davis has been suspended by the NBA for five games for violating terms of the league’s drug program.

It’s not like Ricky has had anything better to do lately, so you can hardly blame him. Since November 22nd, Davis has been out with a knee injury, and his return was slated for sometime in January. The suspension won’t begin until Davis has been declared “physically able to play,” so once it begins, it might last until February. Which would probably be just fine with the Clippers.

Despite L.A.’s obvious lack of depth, they have plenty of people to fill in at the guard spot, and it’s not like Ricky was much help when he playing for the Clips earlier in the season anyway. Davis averaged only four points per game, while shooting just 28 percent from the field.

Davis’ absence has allowed rookie Eric Gordon to find his way into the starting lineup, where he’s been performing far better than Ricky was. There isn’t a team in the league that would look at a suspension like this as a positive, but where Ricky Davis is concerned, it’s certainly not going to have a more negative impact on the club than his play on the court ultimately did.

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Kobe and Shaq: Happy Hanukkah

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Dec 22nd 2008 3:50PM by Elie Seckbach (author feed)
Filed under: 76ers, Clippers, Lakers, Suns, NBA Videos, Interviews

With few professional Jewish athletes, you might think it would be tough to make a cool Hanukkah video, but that’s not necessarily the case. Here’s Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, NFL star Shawne Merriman and entertainers who want to wish you a Happy Hanukkah. Also in this video, we talk to Emmy nominated TV anchor Stella Inger, who tells us the meaning of the Festival of Lights.

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