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Lakers and Clippers Unite at The Conga Room

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Dec 20th 2008 12:15PM by Elie Seckbach (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, Lakers, NBA Videos, Interviews

Baron Davis of the Clippers and Trevor Ariza of the Lakers are both co-owners of one of L.A.’s top celeb hangouts, The Conga Room. Some of the other co-owners include such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Smits, Will I Am (Black Eye Peas) and Paul Rodriguez. The club, across from Staples Center, is known as the hottest Latino club in town and a hangout for players after games. In this video we find out which of the two NBA stars is the better salsa dancer.

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Al Thornton Made a Mistake, or Worse

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Dec 18th 2008 5:42PM by Tom Ziller (author feed)
Filed under: Bulls, Clippers, NBA Last NightNo fan in Chicago or Los Angeles seems particularly happy about the Bulls-Clips overtime joint from Wednesday. The Bulls won, but needed a Ben Gordon four-point play to get to the extra frame. Tyrus Thomas logged only five minutes due to lingering effects of a possible concussion. On the other end … well, you read the part about the four-point play, right? Eric Gordon clapped B.G. from behind on a three with less than a half-minute left. Simply brutal. Ben nailed it all (1 min 45 sec into this video), which left the Clips with one last shot to end it.

This is where Clippers fans seem to really have been beaten down. On this final play, Al Thornton took the shot — a 20-foot fadeaway. Clipperblog describes the sequence. Clips Nation wonders if the play had been meant for Zach Randolph, who killed the Bulls through the second half. In his post-game press conference, coach Mike Dunleavy insisted it had been a Randolph play and that Thornton “just slashed in and got the ball.”

The question becomes whether Thornton misheard the play call in the huddle, or whether he broke the play for reasons of anxiety (with time winding down) or for wanting the shot himself. As Clips Nation opines, it would seem impossible for a player to not understand what play a coach is calling when it been called a dozen times in the past hour. Either way, it reflects poorly on Thornton. Gordon made a mistake which let the Bulls back in. But Gordon’s a 19-year-old rookie. Thornton has 100 games of NBA seasoning, and he’s 25.

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Hearing Friends and Family Remember Rodney Rogers Only Emphasizes the Loss

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Dec 17th 2008 6:32PM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: 76ers, Celtics, Clippers, Hornets, Nets, Nuggets, Suns, NBA Media WatchRodney Rogers is still suffering from the effects — namely being paralyzed from the neck down — of an ATV accident that occurred over Thanksgiving weekend. And what makes it worse, as detailed in the ‘ profile of Rogers accident, is that when you really find out about Rogers’ life, you realize two very important things.

First of all, he overcame to get to where he was in life.
“His dad was a driver and used to take him out when Rodney was very young,” Williams said. But Wadsworth left the family and died when Rogers was 8.

It got worse during Rogers’s sophomore year in high school when his mother, Estelle Rogers Spencer, was in a near-fatal car accident and needed lengthy rehabilitation from injuries that included brain trauma. But a guardian angel appeared in the form of Nathaniel Brooks, who had coached one of Rogers’s youth teams.
And secondly, he gave back more to the community and those around him than anyone might have really known, simply because he kept such a low, humble profile.
“I always told Rodney we were proud of him, not because he was a rich basketball player,” Brooks said. Just the man who came home and built a computer lab in the projects, financed a youth football team, volunteered as a girls basketball coach, went to work as a public servant.
Which, considering all the self-centered actions that occur in today’s world, is what makes this so freaking hard to stomach. If you have any sort of belief in fate, karma or higher powers, Rogers is the last person that you would ever expect to suffer this kind of accident.

And while the possibility that Rogers will be able to do the physical things he did before seems right around slim-to-none, he also profiles out as exactly the type of person that could somehow end up overcoming this sort of debilitating injury and turning the remainder of his life into a positive for the community around him.

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Thunder in a Ping Pong Class of Its Own

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Dec 15th 2008 11:00AM by Tom Ziller (author feed)
Filed under: Bobcats, Clippers, Kings, Pacers, Timberwolves, Warriors, Wizards, NBA Draft, ThunderBy this time last season, we knew a few things: Seattle and Miami were completely awful, and Boston had been darn good. At the extremes, the six-week mark is as good a time as any to take stock. So who’s on track to keep the fingers crossed one night in May? Here’s a look at the current status of the NBA’s Ping Pong Derby.

Each ping pong ball represents a 1% chance of the team winning the top overall pick in the June draft as of today. Oklahoma City — challenging for the worst record in NBA history — has a clear advantage in the Derby after 26 games. But Washington and Minnesota have been just awful enough to remain within spitting distance of the true bottom.

The Kings (lost 10 of last 11) and the Clips (two straight wins) are headed in opposite directions. The teams tied for sixth with seven wins apiece — Indiana, Charlotte, Golden State — could go either way.

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Clippers Not Ready to Bring Darius Miles Back

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Dec 12th 2008 3:30PM by Matt Watson (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, NBA RumorsDarius Miles’ comeback bid with the Celtics fell short, but there’s still hope that he might crack an NBA roster. And really, what better team for that to happen with than the Clippers? He worked out for his original team this week in Los Angeles, and given the general (lack of) health on the Clippers’ roster, he might actually be a good fit, right?

Maybe, but not yet. Mike Dunleavy, obviously not one for nostalgia, poured water on a Miles’ homecoming. From Lisa Dillman of the :
Clippers GM and coach Mike Dunleavy said at practice on Thursday that the team would probably “wait until after January” to make a decision on the former Clipper. The Clippers have too many players out of the lineup right now because of injuries to make a move.
Wait, the Clippers have too many injuries to add a healthy body? That makes zero sense, but it doesn’t really matter: even if the Clippers were to sign Miles right now, he wouldn’t be able to contribute in the immediate future anyway — he still has a 10-game suspension looming over his head for violating the league’s substance abuse policy while with the Trail Blazers.Continue Reading

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Thinly Sourced Item Claims Baron Davis Put on Weight Just to Get Jenny Craig Endorsement

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Dec 9th 2008 9:40AM by Tom Ziller (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, NBA RumorsBack in September, Baron Davis was thoroughly clowned for being so out-of-shape he landed a big Jenny Craig endorsement. Brett Edwards reported the odd story, in which Davis claimed his summer workout schedule got too light, making the point guard too heavy. Davis said Queen Latifah’s endorsement work with Jenny Craig inspired him to jump.

Did it come about differently, though? Mitch Lawrence of the published this thinly sourced item in his Sunday column (via SbB):
The Clippers’ Baron Davis is getting paid $250,000 for endorsing a weight-reduction drink. The Clippers privately say that the weight Davis gained to do the endorsement accounted for his slow start. Having signed him to a five-year deal with $62.5 million guaranteed, you can see how they’re not very thrilled by that.
Did Davis really gain the weight just so he could do the endorsement? If so, the Clippers should be upset. But forgive me for some skepticism on this point. Even if Lawrence were a consistent beacon of impeccable sourcing and accuracy, this item is just a little too thin to take at face value.

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Clippers’ President Gives Mike Dunleavy a Vote of Confidence

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Dec 9th 2008 3:50PM by Brett Edwards (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, NBA RumorsWith a few coaches losing their jobs so early in the season, it doesn’t take much for the press to start wondering (or rumoring) that the man in charge of the woeful team in their town might be on his way out. Since the Clippers are off to a fairly dismal 4-17 start, it’s officially Mike Dunleavy’s turn on the hot seat.

After last night’s loss to the Magic (which was another in a series of games where the team blew a fourth-quarter lead and a chance to win), the vultures began circling. Dunleavy himself was asked about his status, and gave this response:
“I don’t think that’s the case,” Dunleavy said of the possibility of his being fired. “I think we’re headed in the right direction. I think we’ve got a good group. We haven’t had our whole group together all season, or in the preseason.”This was pretty much affirmed by Clippers’ President Andy Roeser, who used a nice/predictable cliche to sum up the situation in a fairly similar manner. Technically though, he didn’t say that Dunleavy was untouchable.Continue Reading

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Clippers’ Website Excited to Post Any Good News, No Matter How Insignificant

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Dec 7th 2008 12:35PM by Brett Edwards (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, Timberwolves, NBA Media WatchAs I pointed my browser to Clippers.com last night (yes, I follow the Clippers — so sue me) I was both perplexed and amused by the headline that was leading the site. The team had just tipped off their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and in a desperate attempt to give Clippers’ fans any tidbit of good news, they posted this headline less than two minutes into the game.

OMG, WE’RE UP 6-0 ON THE T’WOLVES!! Hilarious. The Clippers kept the good news coming all night long, as they won by 23 after leading by as many as 29. For a team that now sits at 4-16, I guess they’re more than happy to take their good news in small doses.

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Mike Dunleavy Thinks Dwyane Wade Cheats

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Dec 5th 2008 1:05PM by Matt Watson (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, Heat, NBA GossipIt’s one thing for casual fans to complain about players getting away with traveling, but it’s another when an actual NBA coach complains. Nevertheless, that’s the tact Mike Dunleavy took recently when talking about Dwyane Wade. From NBA.com:
“His ability to carry the ball right now, he’s getting away with that,” Dunleavy said. “He [carries] left to right, right to left, but he just does it fast so nobody sees it, I guess.
Not surprisingly, Wade wasn’t thrilled about the attention, especially considering Dunleavy’s Clippers won last weekend’s game against the Heat. From Ira Winderman of the :
“There’s a lot of things going on that could be called,” Wade said. “So if you want to nitpick at everything, then he doesn’t have enough to do. He needs to do something else.”
To be fair, Dunleavy wasn’t completely bagging on Wade — he compared Wade’s slick move to something Bernard King pioneered years ago — but still, it’s rare to see a coach call out a specific player. How come? For one, it can do more damage than good: the Clippers may only have one other game against the Heat, but is Wade really the type of guy you want to face with a chip on his shoulder? I’m guessing Baron Davis and Eric Gordon think not, nor do I imagine they’d appreciate any extra scrutiny on their ballhandling technique.

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Wait, Corey Maggette Doesn’t Pass? WHAT!

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Dec 4th 2008 6:58PM by Tom Ziller (author feed)
Filed under: Clippers, Warriors, NBA Media WatchCall it “Crap on Corey Day,” or whatever. (I’m going to call it “Mike Bibby and Chris Webber Share the NBA on TNT Set Day,” actually.) Earlier, we told you Kevin Garnett’s feelings on Corey Maggette. The gist of KG’s verbal fist: Maggs is not a team player. Well, there’s more where that came from.

Art Thompson III used to cover the Clippers for the , until this summer when the decided it would no longer cover the Clippers … just the Lakers. Luckily, AT3 stayed on as an NBA columnist. Folks have a lot of respect for Thompson. He knows the Clips as well as anyone in the mainstream. And he reports this about Maggs: My sources told me that fomer Clipper forward Elton Brand was so determined not to have a personal friendship ruined with Maggette (the two have been close since they attended Duke together), that Brand did not want to play another year with Maggette, having decided that seven years with the Clippers was enough.Brand loved Maggs too much to be his teammate. That’s just about perfect, right? I’m glad Thompson provided this perspective, because otherwise the critics are acting like Maggette’s style is something new. It is not.Continue Reading

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