Hey everyone, happy Thursday, and happy Game 6 day. Like you, I am nervous and excited for 6:30 to get here, so we can watch our Clippers (hopefully) beat the Spurs, and bring the series back to LA for game 7. But until then, enjoy the stories of This Week in Clippers History. First as always, the #TWiCH record:
And now, lets look back at the top stories that happened This Week in Clippers History:
After Braves General Manager Eddie Donovan resigned his position with the team, he signed with the New York Knicks as their new GM. This angered Braves owner Paul Snyder. Snyder retaliated by suing both Donovan and the Knicks.
Jerry Tarkanian has always been one of my favorite basketball coaches ever. Just think, he could have been the coach of the Clippers. Per reports, the Clippers contacted him to fill their vacancy, which he turned down, due to the fact that he and his family were being taken care of by UNLV, his employer at the time. The Clippers denied the reports, and ended up hiring Don Chaney. Tarkanian would end up coaching 20 games in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, finishing with a record of 9-11.
The 1992 playoffs were interesting as a Clippers fan. It was the first time the team had made the playoffs since moving west from Buffalo. It was also the first time that the team would attempt to show a game on Pay-per-View. And it was also overshadowed by the enormous political story going on at the time in Los Angeles, the riots.
Before the riots had even started, it was announced that Game 4 between the Clippers and Jazz would not be offered to all subscribers to SportsChannel. In fact, only 2 providers, Comcast in Ontario and Simi Valley, would be showing the game as part of regular programing. For Clippers fans outside of those two coverage areas, the game would be shown on Pay-per-View, at a suggested price of $6.95.
But something big would happen that would change the plans. On April 29, 1992, the LA riots began. With the Clippers and Jazz scheduled to play the next day, the league decided to postpone the game, hoping that things would calm down by then. When it was obvious that it wasn't, the Clippers and the NBA began looking for alternate sites for Game 4. They ultimately chose the Anaheim Convention Center. The Clippers would win that game 115-107, sending the series back to Salt Lake City for the deciding Game 5.
It was one of the greatest days in the life of a Clippers fan. But it didn't seem like it would be, and some fans might have missed out. In Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies, in Memphis, the Clippers trailed by 27 points in the 3rd quarter. Many Clippers fans had already thrown in the towel. I myself almost decided to turn off the game, and end the misery. But something told me to keep watching, and I am sure glad I did. The team would storm back, and win the game 99-98.
The 2014 playoffs were supposed to be big for the Clippers. They had a great regular season, and had a great leader in Doc Rivers. They entered the playoffs ready to prove to the world that the Clippers were for real. Even though they lost Game 1 against the Warriors, the would win the next 2.
Then April 26 came. It started out like any Saturday. I woke up early, thanks to my kids who like to wake up as early as possible. It turned on ESPN, and then started doing some chores around the house. While doing those chores, I heard one of the reporters mention the Clippers, so of course, I stopped what I was doing to see what they had to say about the next game. But what was being said had nothing to do with the game. It was about the owner of the team, Donald T. Sterling, and about some racist comments he had said. Then, they started playing the audio of what he had said, and, even though I know the type of person he is, I was shocked to hear. Here the Clippers are, in the biggest moments of franchise history, and our owner was going to ruin it all!
So when Game 4 arrived, I, like so many people around the country, wanted to see how the players would react. Would they protest by walking off the court. Would they even show up at all? They did show up, and they did protest, but in a way that allowed them to still play the game that they love.
The Clippers would end up losing that Game 4 118-97, but you couldn't blame them for the horrible performance. They had so much more on their minds. But something happened after that game. The NBA, it's players, and it's fans came together to show the Clippers players that they did not support the actions of the Donald. The Miami Heat players protested along with the Clippers.
And the Twitter accounts of NBA teams began tweeting the now famous black and white "WE ARE ONE" logo.
Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 29, 2014
Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 29, 2014
Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 30, 2014
Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 29, 2014
Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) April 29, 2014
Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) April 29, 2014
Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 29, 2014
New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) April 29, 2014
Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) April 29, 2014
Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) April 30, 2014
Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 29, 2014
We Are One. pic.twitter.com/P7YbvhSpfq— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 29, 2014
Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) April 29, 2014
Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 29, 2014
We Are One http://t.co/vwBmAdX1N9— #dcRising (@WashWizards) April 29, 2014
*There are some teams I couldn't find a tweet. It doesn't mean they didn't tweet in support, it just means that it is hard to locate it a year later.
** I was able to find Instagram pictures from the Knicks and Timberwolves, but was not able to embed them in this post.
As a Clippers fan, I felt the love from the world of basketball, and felt that things would change. As we all know, things did change, as the NBA banned Sterling, and his wife eventually sold the team to Steve Ballmer.
Well there you have it, This Week in Clippers History. Hope you enjoyed. Be sure to check back every Thursday for more Clippers history. Now in honor of the great comeback of 2012, and to remind everyone watching tonight's game, I give you:
Journey - Don't Stop Believing