It was an interesting weekend for Clipper fans. Vegas! Booker! Preseason! And most importantly, a win! You read that right, the Utah Jazz were kind enough to lend a win to the Clippers after whipping them last week. The Los Angeles Times has five takeaways from the game.
That game, of course, also featured an intense albeit brief-lived scuffle between agitator Trevor Booker and Golden Boy Blake Griffin. Our Flyin' Lion pulled a page out of Serge Ibaka's book and decided that enough was enough. He sent out a warning to any other adversaries who might try to pull cheap shots in the future.
Utah fans were not pleased by what they perceived to be more churlish antics from the slippery, two-faced vermin that is Blake Griffin. Usually excellent writer AllThatAmar took to the blogosphere to pen a criticism of the "Fake Tough Guy" Clippers that may or may not be tongue-in-cheek:
Really, you gotta get your whole squad to come in after a dude tries to wrap your arms up on a layup? OOooh, you badd. They dunk a lot, and talk all game long, but these are some real tough guys.
Having a hissy fit over a poorly timed wrap around foul on a layup -- in the preseason -- makes you look like a spoiled only child who didn't get a toy when invited to someone else's birthday party. But who better to represent the LA Clippers, the "Fake Tough Guy" team of 2014-2015?
Early candidate for Goat of the Week right here, folks.
After that tussle, and an ensuing nailbiter win, you had to imagine the team wouldn't look the same in their Vegas SEGABABA against the Nuggets. That loss also had sportswriters bemoaning the team — but to be fair to them, even the team itself is a little concerned about their defense.
Big Baby turned it up in Vegas afterwards, despite a nagging groin injury that'll sideline him for a while. The rest of the team also enjoyed their night out on the town (partying after a humiliating loss? Despicable):
In addition to Big Baby getting on the mic, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin made rookie C.J. Wilcox show off his moves in the middle of the dance floor while the team cheered him on. They also tried to embarrass teammate J.J. Redick by having his name displayed on the LED screen and the DJ shout him out. The group of players, which also included Reggie Bullock, Jordan Farmar, Matt Barnes, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Spencer Hawes and Hedo Turkoglu, partied and danced late into the night.
Even the participants were struck by the absurdity of a game that lasted until nearly 3 a.m. "Jamal is probably the only person in the world that had a pickup game the night before his wedding at midnight," Barnes said. It's totally in character for someone who steadfastly carried his basketball onto planes as a youngster and was recently mesmerized by weekend warriors playing their own pickup game at L.A. Fitness even though he's spent 14 seasons in the NBA.
Somehow, Crawford managed to stay awake later that day for the wedding at his waterfront home. "I was tired, but I was almost more charged up," Crawford said. "I was like, 'Can you believe this night actually happened like this?'"
Crawford also recently was featured in a Ballislife documentary focusing on his journey and relationship with Seattle.
Let's finish today with some interesting features from around SB Nation and the NBA. Tom Ziller had an excellent argument in favor of the Warriors' prospects heading forward (which I'm sure will be greeted with mixed sentiments here). Meanwhile, I'm sure you've already heard about Henry Abbott's epic takedown of Kobe Bryant and his presence submarining the Los Angeles Lakers as they ride out his twilight years.
From last week, the always outstanding Seth Partnow outlined a new way to categorize point guards offensively based on several categories. It's an excellent read for anyone who has the time.
More tangentially, the Clippers were mentioned in the Lane Report as part of an article on how businesses are valuated, for anyone whose fancy might be tickled by that.
Finally, the Wall Street Journal has a wonderful interview with the NBA's CMO, Pam El, who believes that she can help the NBA become as popular as the NFL. This is my other must-read recommendation of the day.
That'll be it for today's Daily Clipper, we'll probably have a lot more on previews and power rankings tomorrow.