Los Angeles Clippers Jamal Crawford decided to have some fun as his team began to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks late in the fourth quarter and went between his legs and then threw up a pass for a trailing Blake Griffin, who threw down an alley-oop.
The Los Angeles Clippers forward took a hard, clearly intentional punch below the belt from Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka during Sunday afternoon’s 108-104 loss.
The punch came on a supposed box-out attempt. Clippers forward Matt Barnes launched (and made) a three-pointer from the corner, which pulled the Clippers to down three as the Thunder’s big lead melted away. Griffin got position on Ibaka, who dropped his hand into the front of Griffin’s shorts to drop the All-Star.
Add this one to Blake Griffin’s highlight reel. Griffin in his third game back collected a bounce pass with only Sixers center Spencer Hawes standing between him and the rim but Griffin switched hands and threw down a dunk that even the Philadelphia crowd appreciated.
An unidentified man in Osceola County, Florida is wanted on counts of armed burglary and sexual battery. While that is no laughing matter, what is funny is the police sketch of the unidentified suspect. It just so happens that the suspect composite looks oddly similar to that of Los Angeles Clippers all-star forward Blake Griffin.
Chandler Parsons of the Houston Rockets tweeted a picture of the wanted man. Matt Barnes then later put the same picture on his Instagram account. I couldn’t help but see the resemblance.
Last season, commissioner David Stern was fairly vocal about his concerns regarding flopping in the NBA. Now, there are rules in place to try to solve the problem. Flops will be reviewed, and players can be retroactively fined at an increasing rate with each flop. Blake Griffin is one of the most notable ones, and is considered one of the worst floppers in the league amongst stars. A lot of people are frustrated with it, and you can now add David Lee to the list.
Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand has a new job. The inspirational LeGrand was hired by Subway to appear in television commercials with New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck to promote the world’s largest restaurant chain.
The commercials were filmed two weeks ago and will air this fall.LeGrand, who was paralyzed making a tackle in a game against Army in 2010, has had a remarkable year. The New Jersey native was signed to an NFL contract by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his former Scarlet Knights coach, Greg Schiano, shortly after the NFL draft in April. The 21-year-old, who has vowed to walk again, also will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs this month.
Initially told he would be a quadriplegic and remain on a ventilator, LeGrand is now breathing on his own and can stand upright with the aid of a metal frame
“Eric’s training is intense and his goal of walking again is clearly the most important goal,” Subway chief marketing officer Tony Pace said. “We believe his inspirational story resonates with our fans. All of our athletes who know Eric are already rooting for him. Like us, they love his character, determination and positive outlook.”
LeGrand is the latest athlete hired by Subway, joining Tuck, Michael Phelps, Apolo Ohno, Blake Griffin and Robert Griffin III.
NBA 2K 13 pulled out all the stops and landed Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant, Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose, and Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin for this year’s cover.
“Being crowned as one of the NBA 2K13 cover athletes is a great way to cap off what has been an amazing season,” Durant said. “It’s humbling to grace the cover after the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.”
“There’s so much young talent around the NBA, so it’s very exciting to be chosen for NBA 2K’s ‘New Dynasty’ alongside Kevin and Derrick,” said Griffin.
“The NBA 2K series has always been my first choice when I want to get a game in.” “It’s a dream come true to be one of the cover athletes for NBA 2K13,” Rose added. “I’ve worked closely with 2K Sports since NBA 2K10, and I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan as the latest Chicago Bull to be featured on the cover.”
Los Angeles Clippers highlight machine and league superstar Blake Griffin caught the shoulder of San Antonio Spurs Manu Ginobili which lead to his tooth penetrating his upper lip. Griffin required at least two stitches before he was sealed up with a band-aid and allowed to return to the court.
Derrick Rose’s torn ACL has caused USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo to rethink his stance of not expanding the list of candidates for the U.S. squad that will compete at the London Olympics.
Colangelo said last week that despite injuries to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups as well as Lamar Odom being eliminated from consideration the 12-man Team USA roster would be selected from the 16 candidates remaining from the original list of 20. Rose’s season-ending injury brings the number of finalists down to 15.
“What I said (previously) was that we didn’t plan to do any additions, but we had to continue to monitor the injury situation,” Colangelo. “Obviously (Rose) is a big loss. (Point guard) seems to be, at this point, still a pretty strong position. But at this stage, quite honestly, I think all bets are off.”
Three point guards remain on the current list: Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. The team is also thin at center—Tyson Chandler is the only true ‘five’ left among the candidates.
Colangelo said that the original plan to announce the final roster on June 1 has been changed. June 18 is the deadline for teams to set rosters with the Olympic Committee, and Colangelo said USA Basketball will wait as late as possible before making its decisions.
“I think now we’re going to wait until the very last moment to pick the team, because it seems ridiculous with a lot of playoff games to play that we would select a team,” Colangelo said. “We might as well keep the options open as long as we can, and continue to monitor the situation.”
Colengelo will meet with Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff Monday and Tuesday in Las Vegas.
The current Team USA finalists are Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks, Chris Bosh Miami Heat, Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers, Chandler New York Knicks, Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder, Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies, Eric Gordon New Orleans Hornets, Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers, Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 76ers, LeBron James Miami Heat, Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves, Paul Los Angeles Clippers, Dwyane Wade Miami Heat, Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder and Williams New Jersey Nets.
Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin complained last week he’s “definitely sick of taking hard hits,” and now his teammates are warning opponents that if the perceived cheap shots continue, there will be retribution.
“I feel like people are intentionally trying to hurt him,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. “It’ll all come back around.”
Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro scoffed at criticism that the Clippers haven’t done enough to protect Griffin against the hard fouls.
“What do all these people think you should do? Do they know the rules?” Del Negro asked rhetorically. “… Of course, we’re going to do whatever we can to protect Blake and to protect any player but there’s also a time and place to do it. You can only get so many technical fouls and you can only do so many things. It’s up to the league to step in to put enough suspensions and fines on people when it happens as best they can.”
Explained Jordan, “If Blake gets fouled, I can’t go punch someone in the nose. We can’t do that but throughout the course of a game, other fouls happen to other players on the opposite team and if they happen to be hard fouls, they happen to be hard fouls. We’re going to protect our teammates; it doesn’t matter who it is.”
Griffin, himself, is trying to take the high road. “I’m not going to say anything; I’m not going to do anything,” Griffin said, per the L.A. Times. “Right now we’re playing for something bigger. We’re trying to get a win and keep pushing in this playoff. So that’s the last thing on my mind, really.”
The NHL playoffs are already in full swing and the NBA playoffs are not that far behind. In the NHL the tradition of growing playoff beards goes back to the early 80′s but in the NBA it’s not a common practice.
The Los Angeles Clippers will be making their first playoff trip since 2005-2006 season and are hoping to branch out of the ‘Lob City’ unity and come together with playoff beards. Blake Griffin gives the rules and rundown of Clippers beards, no shaving only trims and that DeAndre Jordan only grows hair on one side of his face.
Will the Clippers even get a chance to get past the stubble itchy stage?
Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin missed a wide open dunk against the Minnesota Timberwolves last night as he put on his best JaVale McGee impression.
New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams said he sent Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin an apologetic text after Jason Smith leveled him to the ground in last week’s game between the two teams.
Williams, in his second season as the Hornets’ coach, texted Griffin on Friday, waiting until the day after Smith hit him to earn a two-game suspension for the buzz to die down, he said. Smith sat out Monday’s game which the Clippers won 97-85.
“I’ll say this, because I’m here in this city: What Jason did was wrong,” Williams said. “I told him that it was and that he went about it the wrong way, and that’s why I reached out to Blake to let him know that it wasn’t something we do on a regular basis.”
Williams said hits such as Smith’s don’t occur as often in today’s NBA as they did when he got into the league in the early 1990s. That’s why he was surprised at the play. But, speaking candidly, he said Griffin’s offensive presence was part of what sparked Smith to foul him in such a manner.
Griffin had dunked on Smith several times in the game before the flagrant foul in the fourth quarter.
“He’s no fool — he knows he’s making people look crazy and guys don’t like that,” Williams said of Griffin. “He’s gotta expect some of that. It’s just gonna happen. If you jump 5 feet over somebody and dunk it and you got people coming up to you and hugging you after you do it, the opponent’s not gonna say, ‘Oh, man, can you do that again?’
“He’s a phenomenon, and a lot of guys don’t like that.”
Williams added that Griffin was “really cool” about the situation in exchanging texts with him Friday.
The New Orleans Hornets’ Jason Smith received an automatic ejection after taking out the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin on Thursday night. He also received a standing ovation from the Hornets’ fans as he exited the court. The Hornets won 97-90.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is a power dunker without a doubt but shooting free throws is one of his major weaknesses as he’s only 55% from the line. These two free throws did nothing to help out that average as he airballed back-to-back free throws against the Atlanta Hawks last night.
In a game that saw Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul don a protective facial wear, after suffering a nasal fracture against San Antonio Spurs on Friday. Also saw his teammate Blake Griffin looking to add a helmet to their roster after he took a shot from Golden State Warriors Dominic McGuire that left him dazed.
Rudy J’s favorite Twitter follow Clipper Darrell has butted heads with his favorite team the Los Angeles Clippers. Darrell Bailey know more to the masses as Clipper Darrell says the Clippers asked him to stop using his longtime nickname.
Bailey, an 11-year season ticket holder announced on his website that the team has asked him to refrain from using the name Clipper Darrell.
“I have been told by Clipper management they no longer want me to be Clipper Darrell, a name that was given to me by the media because of my unwavering support and team spirit,” he wrote. “I am devastated!”
Clippers guard Chris Paul wrote, “WE GOT YOU!!!” Clippers forward Blake Griffin tweeted, “Bring back #ClipperDarrell,” and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan added, “I love you Clipper Darrell&#ClipperDarrell.”
“I’m not feeling too good right now,” Bailey said. “They asked me not to be Clipper Darrell anymore. They don’t want me to dance. They don’t want me to cheer anymore at the games. I can’t be Clipper Darrell. They don’t want me in the suit. They don’t want me to do anything anymore.”
Bailey refused to go into further details. The Clippers issued a harshly-worded statement in response to Bailey’s claims on Wednesday.
“The Clippers have done absolutely nothing wrong or inappropriate as it concerns Darrell Bailey. His claims are absurd and unfounded. He has never been an employee or representative of the Clippers organization, and therefore cannot be terminated,” the team said. “The Clippers have never engaged Mr. Bailey’s services. When he has been in need, the organization has regularly provided him a seat for games. No good deed goes unpunished.
“We have had multiple conversations with him concerning his inappropriate use of the Clippers’ team name and trademark for his own unmonitored commercial gain. We have spoken to him repeatedly about his desire to make public appearances in ways which improperly suggest that he is officially affiliated with our organization. In all cases and over a long period of time, he has consistently rejected our efforts to operate in consultation.
“In a conversation with an authoritative and tenured Clippers’ executive last week, he was asked again to either consult with the team on all public appearances and/or commercial ventures, or stop undertaking those opportunities representing himself inappropriately. His response was an offer to stop representing himself commercially in that way and his offer was accepted in principle.The next thing we heard was the baseless claims he has made today and the ensuing media rush to judgment.
“We hold all of our fans in the highest esteem and we have been patient and generous with Mr. Bailey. He has not returned our support in an honorable way. He is not actually a fan of the Clippers, but a fan of what he can make off of the Clippers. We are no longer interested in that kind of association with him, and that is why we accepted his offer to remove our team name from his stage name.”
This isn’t the first time Bailey and the team have butted heads. Bailey has often complained about the team holding him back and preventing him from securing endorsement deals while the team has been upset that he has sold merchandise and booked public appearances on his website using the Clippers name for years.
Bailey, 44, has been a Clippers season ticket holder since the 2000-01 season and every aspect of his life seemingly revolves around the team. He wears a custom-made suit, half red, half blue to home games. He drives a customized 1995 BMW 740i, painted in red, white and blue with a Clippers logo and autographs on the hood and “CLIPERD” license plates. Even his Los Angeles home, where he lives with his wife and four children, is painted in Clippers colors.
“Clippers Nation made me who I am,” Bailey said. “I didn’t give myself the nickname but I guess the team can take it away.”
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, reigning Sprite Slam Dunk champion, decided to give the NBA a dunk a to talk about heading into the festivities. Griffin flew over half of the Denver Nuggets in the middle of the third quarter.
Funny that Timofey Mozgov was in the house.
This is surprising news, especially given that Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers threw down the possible dunk of the year, or decade, earlier this week. The NBA’s reigning slam dunk champ says he won’t defend his title during All-Star Weekend in Orlando this month. His reason? Slam-dunk contests just aren’t his “thing,” Griffin says.
‘As of right now I don’t plan on being in it, Griffin said Thursday night. ‘Those dunk contests aren’t my thing, I said that last year. There’s a lot of guys that can put on a great show and do some good stuff.’
Last year Griffin won the slam dunk contest, played in the Rookie Challenge and played in the All-Star Game during a whirlwind weekend in Los Angeles. This year, Griffin, who will be a first-time starter, would like to simply enjoy the weekend and play in the Feb. 26 All-Star Game in Orlando. ‘Last year was hectic and it kind of made it unenjoyable,’ Griffin said. ‘So this year, we’ll see what will happen, but I will try to tone it down a bit and get a break instead of being so busy.’
Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin’s dunk against the Oklahoma City Thunder this week has been getting accolades that fall into the best-ever category. But one significant NBA player who wasn’t impressed. That would be Kevin Durant, who could only watch while Griffin threw down the monster dunk against his team.
“I have no appreciation for it at all. It was a layup, I think. He threw the ball in and got fouled and made his free throw, so it was three points at the end of the day, no matter how it happened, how it went in the basket. I really wasn’t impressed. He finished it. So what? We’ve moved on.”
As for all the attention that has been given to Griffin’s dunk, Durant said:
“I wasn’t surprised because Blake is a poster child. He dunks the ball a lot and makes spectacular plays. If it wasn’t against us, maybe I’d say it was a good play, but it was against us, so it was a bad play. I have nothing against Blake, don’t get me wrong. But it was against us, so I’ve got to stick up for my teammate.”
“I knew that wasn’t going to get attention because we never get attention like that . . . We’re not an L.A. team or a Chicago team or a Miami team. All our plays get thrown under the radar.”
NBA fans are calling this dunk by Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin over Oklahoma City Thunders Kendrick Perkins the dunk of the year. Even LeBron James had to concede this posterization bested his leap-frogging he’d committed against Chicago Bulls John Lucas.
Griffin’s powerful slam is reminiscent of his most famous in-game dunk over then New York Knicks center Timofey Mozgov.
Los Angeles Clippers Chauncey Billups inbounded the ball to teammate Blake Griffin only to get it back so he could continue to add to his resume of Mr. Big Shot. Billups drained a game winning three-pointer to defeat the reigning NBA champs the Dallas Mavericks.
Snoop Dogg went on a Twitter rant last night about his Los Angeles Lakers and took most of his anger out on Pau Gasol. Snoop also criticized Gasol last year during the playoffs, looks like the rapper is not his number one fan.
Here’s Snoop’s rant
- Pau gasol is soft as fucc we need to get his bitch ass on the 1st thing smoking hes a fuccn weanie. this is comn from laker fan #1…
- Fucc gasol hes a bitch we need mark gasol this ones a punk bitch. We need a pointguard bynum ballen his ass off!
- Kobe make the call get his hoe ass outta here! Blake ballen a lil bit
When Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, forward Blake Griffin said “it’s going to be Lob City.” Less than 24-hours later there is already a t-shirt to celebrate what Clippers executives hope to be an overpopulated town.
Skreened.com is offering shirts in several colors. Prices range from $20.99 to $29.99 depending on the style.