The Daily Clipper - TGIF Edition

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 07: Al-Farouq Aminu #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives to the basket against Eduardo Najera #21 of the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 7, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. . (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It's been a while since our last Daily Clipper. I've found that a lot of fine citizens have taken to the fanshots get a lot of the news out, such work, is appreciated on my behalf. I've hopefully not duplicated some of the postings already. Enjoy:

Clippers related video:

I'd thought I'd start adding a music video related to my mood/feeling for the team. Let's see if I can keep it up into the season...(that's what she said!). Ideas are welcomed. I'm starting off with the Clipse, simply because their name...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_h47ipBjYA

Clippers-esque related stories:

Clippers will be playing catch-up again - Los Angeles Clippers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- This was supposed to be the summer where Chris Paul and Blake Griffin took their relationship on the court to the next level.

Don't Expect Paul's Injury to Derail Clippers - Clippers.com

Clippers.com beat writer Eric Patten has insider analysis on Chris Paul's injury.

Paul Has Surgery on Thumb - Clippers.com
Exclusive access with Head Coach Vinny Del Negro on Chris Paul's surgery.

Twitter / JaredDudley619: Just work out with C.Billups for the 1st time since his injury. Was moving real well and shot the ball lights out. Pass the eye test for me

3-on-3: Clippers record predictions - ClipperBlog.com
Today, ESPN.com unveiled its Western Conference edition of #NBApicks, in which 100 "experts'" aim to predict the records of each NBA team.

The Hall of Fans — ESPN
The best sports fans deserve a Hall of Fame. Now, they have one.

Download the 2012-13 Clippers Schedule |

DL the team schedule to your Outlook, you know, so no one books late afternoon meetings during those East Coast trips!50-Point Games: Charles Smith | NBA.com

50-Point Games: Charles Smith - NBA Videos and Highlights. Charles Smith's workman-like effort down low and from the line earned him a spot in the 50-Point Club against the Nuggets in 1990.

Chauncey Billups wants to be ready for start of season | ProBasketballTalk

Chauncey Billups wants to go out on his own terms. Not as a once-fantastic player and NBA finals MVP whose career was cut short by an Achilles injury, but as a guy who came back and helped the Clippers reach new heights as both a player and almost an on-court coach.

Twitter / JCrossover: "@BKearns27: @JCrossover just scored 53 points with you in nba 2k12 haha"--dope, I had 53 today at summer league..#respect

Lincoln native Cook continues NBA career - Lincoln Courier
Brian Cook, the former Clipper, isn't ready to call it a career.

A Look Back At Brian Cook's Rockets Career - The Dream Shake
Brian Cook captivated Rockets audiences for a pair of seasons with his on-court and on-bench antics. It MUST BE THE OFF-SEASON. Cookie gets two stories written about him!!??

Bloom: Clippers' GM loss hasn't been a big deal - The Orange County Register

Blake Griffin's That Was Awesome - YouTube
Sports highlights narrated by NBA star Blake Griffin. Yes, its a monotone, and yes, Blake was hired to do this for a "teen-targeted YouTube channel", per Wall Street Journal.

Ryan Hollins Blog - Fox Sports West

Griffin, Kemp, Beckham on 'Sesame Street' - ESPN Playbook - ESPN
Three Los Angeles athletes -- Blake Griffin, David Beckham and Matt Kemp -- were announced as guest hosts for this season's Sesame Street.

NBA star Blake Griffin talks NBA 2K13 | NBA 2K13 News | GameZone
2K Sports released an interview with NBA 2K13 cover athlete Blake Griffin.

Players we want back: Chauncey Billups | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

From the blog Ball Don't Lie: For whatever reason, several of the league's more entertaining players have fallen off in recent years. Be it due to injury, confidence issues, rotation frustrations, a poor fit, or general ennui in a profession that can get tiresome, these players … Continue reading →

INSIDER ANALYSIS: BEST AND WORST OF THE OFFSEASON PART 1: TRENDING UPWARD | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

By Eric Patten of Clippers.com: This is the first in a series of features previewing the 2012-13 season. It begin with a snapshot of the Clippers’ offseason, followed by four teams that Eric Patten also consider offseason winners.

Chris Paul Doesn’t Fear Lakers | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors

Even though the Los Angeles Lakers look loaded going into next season, that doesn't mean Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul is nervous. H/T to citizen chrisd in the fanshots.

Nique shooting over Loy Vaught • Instagram

Hat tip to twitter's @haj20", who apparently designed it himself. "The things we do when we miss the NBA " --- @haj20.

Lakers will maintain superiority over Clippers - latimes.com

Lakers will maintain superiority over Clippers. Additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash will keep team No. 1 in L.A.

Ex-Pistons guard Chauncey Billups' rehab going well, won't back down from Lakers | Detroit Pistons | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Billups, who was Finals MVP when leading the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title, spoke briefly with the Free Press over the phone Saturday afternoon and said his rehab is "going well." Billups, 35, suffered the injury in the February and some wondered if the 15-year veteran was facing the end of his career. But he attacked his rehab vigorously and said he is doing almost all basketball-related activity with going five-on-five the remaining step. He would like to be ready when training camp opens in a few weeks, but he is shooting for the season opener.

The NBA Kitchen Sink - Anything and everything related to NBA and it's players

LeBron Savoring Special Summer : NPR
LeBron savoring special summer

Obama Fundraises With Help Of His NBA Buddies : NPR
Obama fundraises with help of his NBA buddies

Thunder Forward Kevin Durant's movie "Thunderstruck" coming out soon. Instead, let's check out the acting credits for the '92 Dream Team Members - SLC Dunk
A chart of movie credits for the players on the '92 Dream Team.

NBA PM: Spending Power Dwindling | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors
Very few NBA teams have significant spending power left this summer, a comprehensive look at remaining cap room and exceptions.

Report: Sacramento Kings may move to Virginia Beach, sources say - Kings/NBA - The Sacramento Bee
Inside Business, a Hampton Roads, Va.-based website, using unnamed sources, is reporting that the owners of the Sacramento Kings and officials from Comcast-Spectacor are considering moving the NBA team to the resort city of Virginia Beach and for Comcast to help build and lease a new pro sports arena.

Companies propose arena, pro team in Virginia Beach | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
VIRGINIA BEACH A consortium of sports and entertainment companies has approached Virginia Beach about forming a partnership to build an 18,000-seat arena near the Oceanfront and bringing a professional sports team - possibly the NBA's Sacramento Kings .

2012 NBA Summer Forecast -- Most Valuable Player - ESPN
Who will be the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2012-13?

NBA AM: Head Coaches Feeling The Pressure | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors

A look at the coaches who have to produce in 2012-13, including our very own Vinny Del Negro.

Miami has the easiest schedule? Yes. But it makes sense. | ProBasketballTalk

We tend not to take "strength of schedule" into account much when talking about the NBA. But Ed Kupfer, whose day job is as an advanced stats guru for the Houston Rockets, had some fun with ESPN’s projected records for teams for this upcoming season and created a strength of schedule graph (which he tweeted out).

Questions Surround Jordan’s Hire of Dunlap

...Jordan didn’t want to play for a college coach, then why would he hire one now to run his show?

Twitter / realtuffjuice: I'm NY City posted before I head to China in the morning .....

Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.

ESPN: Eduardo Najera to retire from NBA, become D-League Head Coach - Rufus on Fire
Ben Swanson of Rufus on Fire, the SB Nation Charlotte Bobcats blog, has a nice take on Bobcats forward Eduardo Najera's retirement.

John Wall: Breakout Story - YouTube
John Wall shares his breakout story, focusing on his rise from no-name prospect to star attraction at the 2007 Reebok Breakout Challenge basketball camp. The 16-minute documentary also examines the pressures that go along with being an up-and-coming basketball star.

2012 NBA Summer Forecast -- West standings - ESPN
How will the 15 teams in the West stack up in 2012-13? Our panelists predict their records.

NBA teams with Ticketmaster to create NBA ticket (and resale) "supersite" | ProBasketballTalk
If the NBA teaming with ticketing behemoth Ticketmaster — the company that charges you a fee to print your ticket out yourself at home — makes you a little uncomfortable, well, it probably should.

2012-13 NBA Player Movement Tracker - ESPN
ESPN.com's player-movement chart assembles all the NBA changes in the 2012-13 season on one page.

HoopsHype - NBA Commercials

The LA Clippers overall and specific LA Clipper players are ranked in commercial appearances league-wise.

Kevin Durant goes from gold medal to red carpet - BostonHerald.com

Kevin Durant is going from representing the red, white and blue to walking the red carpet. Adding to a resume that already includes being a three-time NBA scoring champion and Olympic gold medalist, Durant was the star of his movie "Thunderstruck".

The real question: How much tax is Oklahoma City willing to pay? | ProBasketballTalk
Clay Bennett and the Oklahoma City ownership has said before they are willing to pay some luxury tax to keep the core of their team together. Next year that will be put to the test.

NBA AM: Cavaliers’ Roster Is Maxed Out and more | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors
The Clippers GM job is more of a figure head role and it does not seem like the team is in any hurry to fill it, but that is not from a lack of looking. At different points the Clips have been linked to Cavs’ executive David Griffin, Knicks’ executive Mark Warkentien, Bucks’ executive Jeff Weltman, and former Blazers’ executive John Nash.

New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams gets four-year contract extension | NOLA.com
Hornets Coach Monty Williams agreed to a four-year contract extension Saturday that will keep him with the team with the team through 2016.

European rookies making their NBA debuts in 2012.

The 2012 international rookie class headlined by Jonas Valanciunas should make a big splash in the NBA. Nice roundup of the latest international players...

MySynergySports: How do the Spurs use their possessions? - Air Alamo - A San Antonio Spurs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Even the most efficient isolation teams — both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers used an average of 1000 of these possessions last season, and both coincidentally rank among the top offenses in the league — stand to improve by allocating these attempts into spot-ups, cuts, pick-and-rolls, etc. - HUH!?

Brandon Jennings, Kemba Walker, Deandre Jordan vs Baltimore’s Best Game Mixtape! - Ballislife
Recap of the game put on by Under Armour Tuesday night at St. Frances in Baltimore. Team Armour: DeAndre Jordan, Kemba Walker, Brandon Jennings, Derrick Williams Baltimore’s Best: Will Barton, Josh Selby, Donte Greene, Aquille Carr, Dwayne Morgan Final Score: B-More 124-109 Team Armour

Andray Blatche needs a job and willing to consider the D-League - CBSSports.com
Former Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche says he is open to playing anywhere, even the D-League.

NBA Sunday: Retirement Near for Maggette? | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors

New Detroit Pistons swingman Corey Maggette admits this could be his last season. Who is with me that the Clippers should retire his jersey?

FIBA Confirms No Age Limit For 2016 Olympics - RealGM Wiretap
FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann confirmed that there will not be a 23 and under rule change for the 2016 Olympics.

HoopsHype - NBA donors to Barack Obama or Mitt Romney

FIBA - Baumann calls for 16 teams at Rio 2016 | FIBA.COM

LONDON (Olympics) – The London 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament captivated the attention of billions worldwide. The tournament reached its climax last Sunday with the exciting and close Men’s Final

Head Coach Terry Stotts Adds Three Coaches To His Staff - Press Release

Former Clippers head coach Kim Hughes joins the Trailblazers coaching staff.

Record 25 current and former NBA players medal at Olympics | NBA.com
A record 25 current and former NBA players wore medals around their necks when the United States, Spain, and Russia stood on the medal stand at the 2012 Summer Olympics this past Sunday in London. The gold medal game alone featured 20 current and former players.

Adria Gasol, younger brother of Pau and Marc, will walk-on at UCLA - Yahoo! Sports
There will be more than one basketball team in Los Angeles this year with a Gasol brother on its roster. Adria Gasol, the 18-year-old brother of NBA big men Pau and Marc Gasol, has enrolled as a student at UCLA.

JaVale & The Dream - YouTube
Exclusive video of JaVale McGee's recent workout with Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon. Cameo by Amare Stoudemire. Hopefully, Blake Griffin can get in on this next summer.

Free Agent Spending By Division: Pacific - Hoops Rumors

Check Up: An advance athletes can cheer - Philly.com
A torn meniscus is among the most common afflictions suffered by athletes who make sudden stops and turns, such as NBA star Blake Griffin, whose injury forced him to pull out of the Olympics.

Pro athletes own part of sports device startup - The Orange County Register

Blake Griffin of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers, Troy Polamalu of the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers, Rudy Gay of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies and Hope Solo of the U.S. Women's Soccer team have become equity partners in Hyperice, which recently started selling its ice compression wraps for prevention or treatment of sprains, tendonitis and other activity-related conditions.

Osama's Translator, Locked Up in Gitmo, Says LeBron James Is a "Very Bad Man" - Miami New Times

Most of the world has moved on from LeBron James' decision to leave Cleveland and play for the Miami Heat, but at least one man is still mad about it.

The Champs with Neal Brennan, Moshe Kasher and DJ Douggpound - Blake Griffin Returns

Original Champ and NBA All-Star Blake Griffin makes his triumphant return to discuss the Clippers season, his knees, the things he needs to do to become a complete player, and the origin of the term "Lob City." Podcast is NSFW (not safe for work).

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