With the Clippers back and looking better than ever, we're hoping this season to finally see 'Larry' reside in the right side of Los Angeles, with the Clippers. Training Camp's only in its second day and has been well-covered by other contributors, so we have a lot of other things to talk about. So let us begin~
Let's kick it off with the news that Ray Allen is officially out of the question when it comes to filling the last roster spot for the Clippers:
Doc Rivers said Ray Allen was not a candidate to take Clippers' final roster spot with glut of shooting guards already on team.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) October 1, 2014
But with that being the case, Doc said that Joe Ingles and Jared Cunningham will be considered for the final roster spot.
As expected, there are talks of DeAndre Jordan possibly renewing his contract after the 2014-2015 season. DeAndre had this to say:
"I'm not thinking about that at all," he said. "I'm thinking about honestly training camp tomorrow and I'm thinking about our season, hoping that we can stay healthy and move forward and just improve on our season last year. Whenever the time comes, I'll deal with it but, as of right now, I'm thinking about us as a team."
Since DJ averaged 10.4 points and 13.6 rebounds last season, you'd expect the Clippers to try and do something to get the big-time center back.
"I want him to be the best defensive player in the league, like he was last year," Rivers said. "Offensively, he was good. He scored a lot of points last year. He will get better because we asked him to work on things offensively, but he's our defensive captain and that will not change."
Doc is a fan, as we all know, so we'll be looking to see if DeAndre will stay, but for now it's all just talks and focus on the new season to come.
With the Clippers back at work and way ahead of the clock this year we're all wondering what superstar power forward Blake Griffin has in store for this season after coming off his MVP-like season last year. Griffin had to take the work load last season from Chris Paul after the latter had suffered an injury, and Blake never looked back. He had necks snapping from the likes of people as far as Charles Barkley (as we all know constantly heckled Griffin for his "subpar" playing style). What Blake had to say about what to expect for the defense in this upcoming season:
"It’s some film work," he said. "But the big thing for us, with defense, is effort. A lot of times last year, we had great effort for 21, 22 seconds, whatever it was, and a shot goes up and maybe we don’t box out. Maybe it was a bad shot or an unlucky bounce, but we have to defend for 24 seconds or however long it takes to get the ball back."
Spencer Hawes on the Clippers seems to be going well so far. Part of the reason this 7-foot-2 monster of a player signed with LA was because of the chance to play with DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin.
"One day at a time, you try to find your spot, find your niche and go from there," he said. "…When you’re at home, guys have their families. You get done with practice, you go back home and you normally don’t see people. When you’re here, having an opportunity to be in a hotel and get out of town, it’s good for everybody."
Familiarity may be the key to the Clippers' upcoming success. Of course it's a good thing to be familiar with your coach's offense and defense, but is it enough to just be familiar with it? Blake Griffin says it's a good start.
"Just knowing Doc's system, knowing the coaching staff mostly and knowing what to expect," forward Blake Griffin said Tuesday after the first camp session at Nevada Las Vegas, "we're already ahead, but we still have a lot of work to get back to where we were at the end of the season."
Another good note of today, we have some interviews! Here is an interview with Coach Doc Rivers and center Spencer Hawes. As well as any of the interviews taken today.
Ball is Life. Jamal Crawford takes that quote more serious than anyone I've ever seen play the game of basketball. Jamal, recently married, played a pickup game before one of the best moments of his life. Crawford's bachelor party was him and a few teammates playing basketball, how about that?
"Jamal is probably the only person in the world that had a pickup game the night before his wedding at midnight," Matt Barnes said during Clippers' media day Monday. "He had us all come out to a gym that was packed — 3,000 people there. We finished the game at like 3 in the morning and didn't sleep."
With the pictures that were shown, he did not look tired at all for having stayed up till 3 in the morning playing basketball. Good on him.
If you're a Matt Barnes fan, as I am, you're going to want to check this video out on how he overcame adversity growing up and how it helped him get where he is today.
As for other basketball news, here's a look at the way that Cleveland failed and still managed to get LeBron to "come home". Bringing in new owner David Blatt, and LeBron basically saying "who?" It didn't take much to lure LeBron back home, as it seems like his mind was made up well before any of this took place.
Well, that about wraps it up for today's Daily Clipper. With all of this being said, what are you looking forward to most in the upcoming preseason?