Obviously, the idea of a daily clippings post is one of those things that has fallen to the realities of life and time constraints. But I dusted off the clippings tool today to collect a bunch of what is out there right now. Needless to say, the Clippers are getting more ink and pixels than we are used to. By January 10, 2009, there weren't even any beat writers traveling with the team. If you wanted anything beyond the AP gamer, it was Steve or Kevin writing on their measly blogs.
Yesterday was one of those Staples Sunday double headers - Clippers in the afternoon, Lakers in the evening and as the Clippers media were wrapping up their stories, the Lakers crew had begun arriving. With the Lakers riding an ugly two game losing streak (including a loss to the Clips) while the Clippers had just won their fourth straight, the jokes about the 'best team in LA' were flying. Kidding aside, I had a couple of interesting encounters with LA Times employess.
Mark Medina, who had often filled in for Lisa Dillman on the Clippers, recently got his own beat as the Times' Lakers blogger after the Kamentskys left for ESPNLA. Poor guy - he went to the purple side just as the teams' fortunes were reversing (however briefly).
I also overheard a Times' senior NBA columnist, who I shan't name (rhymes with Park Chrysler) on the phone with his editor. I wasn't eavesdropping by any means, and you shouldn't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure I heard him say something to the effect that he wanted to write a piece on the Clippers instead of that other team because "The Clippers are more interesting right now."
There are many events converging to make the Clippers more interesting on the media scene. For one thing, ESPN launched ESPNLosAngeles, and has a bunch of new web pages to fill. Given that it's hard to think of anything else to say about the Lakers, the Clippers coverage was bound to increase. But obviously the fact that the team is playing well is a big part of it. Then there are the individual stories. Chris Kaman is playing like an All Star, despite not even being on the ballot. Meanwhile, Baron Davis is a story that media types love - he signed a huge contract to come home, had a terrible first season, and is experiencing a rennaissance this year.
Fun times. Here are some of the more interesting links to Clipper pieces around the web.
NBA FanVoice > Time for some Clipper love?
Sekou Smith on his Hang Time blog at NBA.com
Clips off old stumbling block; Mike Dunleavy off the chopping block - latimes.com
Mark Heisler's excellent article from the LA Times
Defensive stand helps Los Angeles Clippers cap off impressive week - ESPN Los Angeles
Arnovitz on ESPNLA - I already linked this piece yesterday, but thought I'd collect eveything in one place. It's great stuff, as we've come to expect from Kevin.
Clippers keep sailing along through Heat - latimes.com
Lisa Dillman's recap of the win over the Heat in the LA Times, with some good quotes from Baron and EJ.
Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Gordon a star except with the referees - ESPN Los Angeles
Ramona Shelburne's piece on ESPNLA about Eric Gordon's lack of calls from the refs.
Ramona Shelburne: Los Angeles Clippers get Baron Davis they wanted - ESPN Los Angeles
Also from Ramona, a piece about Baron's resurgence with the Clippers
Dave McMenamin: Los Angeles Lakers learn lesson from Los Angeles Clippers - ESPN Los Angeles
After the Lakers game, Dave McMenamin of ESPNLA wrote a little about the Clippers.
Baron Davis rounding into form for Los Angeles Clippers - Ian Thomsen - SI.com
Ian Thomsen on SI.com after the Lakers game also on Baron regaining his form.
Chris Kaman Taking Charge, Making Case for All-Star Selection -- NBA FanHouse
Chris Tomasson on FanHouse about Kaman.
NBA.com: Reeling Wizards brace for fallout from Arenas incident
David Aldridge on NBA.com about Kaman.
Chris Kaman: Someone Made a Mistake With the All-Star Ballot -- NBA FanHouse
Elie Seckbach on FanHouse about Kaman, including video
NBA.COM on Kaman's old school style.
A video on NBA.com touting Kaman for the All Star game.