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The Daily Clipper for Friday, January 11, 2013

Need your daily fix of Clipper-related news? Don't despair. Here it is.

Stephen Dunn


NBA power rankings: LA Clippers taking over Hollywood as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and company the team to beat out West - NY Daily News
Nobody would be surprised if you told them that team with the best record in the NBA resides in Los Angeles. But it's the Clippers and not the Lakers. That's hard to believe. But it's been that kind of crazy year in L.A.

Clippers hope to avoid stumble on the road -
Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro says the team will have to play better in order to avoid a stumble during its upcoming stretch of games on the road.

Clippers steal thunder from Lakers - Los Angeles Times
Wednesday was just another night to come out and write about greatness and the Clippers. Write that a few years ago and the men in white coats would come and get you.

Former Sooner Blake Griffin (and Clippers teammate Chris Paul) on Jimmy Kimmel | OU Sports
Thursday night, former Oklahoma player Blake Griffin joined current Clippers teammate Chris Paul on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show.

Grant Hill's return to Clippers remains on hold - Los Angeles Times
Grant Hill's long-awaited Clippers debut will have to wait at least three more days after Coach Vinny Del Negro elected not to activate him for Wednesday's game with the Dallas Mavericks.

Clippers have championship chemistry - Los Angeles Clippers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
Lamar Odom is no scientist, but he knows a thing or two about chemistry.

Clippers building a home court advantage - Los Angeles Clippers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
Home-court advantages aren’t created overnight. Like changing the culture of a team, it takes time and prolonged success to develop a rabid fan base that will cause nightmares for opposing teams.

LA Clippers Trade Rumors: Eric Bledsoe Trade... | Gather
LA Clippers trade rumors about a possible Eric Bledsoe trade seem to have been shot down by Marc Stein .

Around the Association

SEATTLE: Seattle's NBA fans proceeding with caution on proposed Kings move - Miami Heat -
There were no rallies or parades in Seattle on Thursday to celebrate the city's potential return to the NBA.

Oakland's Damian Lillard opening eyes around NBA - San Jose Mercury News
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is the front-runner for Rookie of the Year honors; hes already being deemed the next in a tradition of elite Oakland point guards.

Greg Oden’s planning to come back to the NBA next season, according to report | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Ball Don't Lie: If it seems like a long time has passed since Greg Oden last played in an NBA game, that's because it has — 1,132 days, to be exact. And yet, despite more than three years on the shelf — three …

Dwightmare II: Wake Up, Lakers. Trade Dwight Howard Now - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: COMMENTARY | As the Los Angeles Lakers continue their downward spiral, having lost five straight games, now is the time to stop pointing fingers and start thinking future.

Marcin Gortat calls the Suns a ‘sinking boat,’ vows to stay aboard | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
The Phoenix Suns are not having anything close to a good season. After losing franchise talisman Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, they've dipped to 12-25 (second-worst in the West) and seem to have few potential avenues …

DeMarcus Cousins ejected for flagrant foul on Vince Carter in OT of Kings loss to Mavericks (VIDEO) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins has a bad reputation, earned largely through several less-than-ideal relationships with coaches, some suspensions for on-court activity, and a fair amount of incomplete information. Cousins thinks he gets a bad rap, and that he …

Jim Buss of Los Angeles Lakers says major changes aren't coming to team - ESPN Los Angeles
Very little has gone according to plan for the Lakers this year. So little, in fact, that Jim Buss said it would be foolish to blow it up until the team has played enough games together to correctly identify why it has struggled so badly underachieved.

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers says Kevin Garnett didn't make rumored comments about Carmelo Anthony's wife - ESPN Boston
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Thursday morning that forward Kevin Garnett did not make the remarks he has been rumored to have made about Carmelo Anthony's wife during Monday's game.