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The Daily Clipper – Friday (12/2/11)

Lots of activity going on…is everyone as giddy as I am about this season!?

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HowardBeckNYT Howard Beck NBA just made xmas sked official: Celtics at Knicks, Heat at Mavs, Bulls at Lakers, Thunder at Magic, Clippers at Warriors.

Magic Johnson says he's bidding for Dodgers -
Magic Johnson wants to buy the Dodgers, putting one of Los Angeles' most beloved sports figures in pursuit of the city's cherished baseball team. Johnson announced his bid in an interview Friday with Times columnist Bill Plaschke. "I love baseball,"...

Chris Paul has not requested a trade from the New Orleans Hornets, sources say |
This disputes a report from earlier today - hattip to citizen j raffo

NBA to recognize re-constituted NBPA as players' bargaining unit
Sometime this morning, the NBA is expected to recognize the NBPA as the official bargaining body for locked-out NBA players, allowing the attorneys from both sides to get down to the dirty work of finalizing the collective bargaining agreement in time for training camps and free agency to begin as scheduled Dec. 9.

Zach Lowe: Loophole could get Chris Paul to N.Y. "
Steve linked to it earlier. It's a must read.

NBA Free Agency 2011: Five undervalued difference-makers
In the 2011 free agent class, there are a few hidden gems among the 100-plus players who will be looking to sign contracts once they are free to do so Dec. 9. Here are five of them flying under the radar.Warriors’ big possibilities: Tyson Chandler? Nene? Gulp–Chris Paul? | Talking Points

NBA free agency frenzy will be caused more by time than talent -
There's a lack of marquee players in favor of steady contributors to playoff teams. But the hurry-up signing period after the lockout and secretive amnesty process will make it exciting.

Clippers open training facility, will play on Christmas -
Blake Griffin is the first player to show up for workouts. The Clippers will play a previously unscheduled game against Golden State on Christmas night.

Don’t view ’99 as guide to short season "
Zach Lowe keeps tearing it up. The only thing the '99 season tells is probably nothing.

Clippers find themselves a hot prospect for free agents -
The Clippers are a team on the rise and have plenty of room under the salary cap. They're hoping that gives them an edge when it comes to negotiating with free agents.

The NBA's new labor deal doesn't solve the problems of small-market teams - ESPN
Howard Bryant: It's only a matter of time until the small-market numbers don't add up and the players are being blamed again.