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SacTownRoyalty "FTM"

We should buy some tickets and send them to SacTownRoyalty in solidarity with their plight.

Blake Griffin, ESPN Body Issue

It doesn't open directly to him, he is pic 17.

'Psychic Benefits' and the NBA Lockout

The author of The Tipping Point explains why owning a basketball franchise has always been a bad business — and ought to stay that way

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Which future Timberwolves Coach will get the Clippers that high pick?

  From ESPN on 07/31/2011: Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated offered this about Adelman on Saturday: "I'd been hearing for months that Adelman was Kahn's dream candidate ... Adelman will come...

The Vancouver riot photo you don't want to miss

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The Vancouver riot photo you don't want to miss

Ricky Rubio, Wolves finally a perfect match

"He hasn’t improved any of his weaknesses," one veteran scout said. "And he seems to have lost that swagger that made him so special. For so many years, he was so far ahead of players his age. He was a prodigy. Now he looks ordinary. I’m not sure what happened, but this is not the age you want a player to plateau." So perhaps it’s no coincidence that the struggling Rubio and the struggling Wolves are now, finally, falling into each other’s arms. The Wolves could no longer afford to wait on Rubio. They have to show they can take the next step under Kahn. If Rubio is as good as Kahn says he is -- and as good as we all hoped he’d be -- there is hope in Minnesota. (According to a team source, Rubio is expected to start, but it will ultimately be the coach's decision.) And Rubio could no longer afford to keep waiting in Europe. His camp had hoped they could force a trade -- they had dreams of Rubio landing in New York or LA -- but after two lackluster years in Europe, his trade value has plummeted. Teams aren’t willing to give up the farm to get him. His reputation has taken a beating. Rubio is no longer a 16-year old prodigy. He’s a skinny, 20-year-old point guard who needs to learn how to shoot. For the first time in two years, Rubio and the Wolves are a perfect match. Will it be a love connection or co-dependent death spiral? That is the only question that remains.

Josh Powell compares Mike Dunleavy, Brian Shaw and Phil Jackson

In an effort to compare two of the candidates, I gave a call to former Laker Josh Powell, who spent a season under Dunleavy with the Clippers before his two in purple and gold.

Draft was rigged?

"This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines," Kahn said. "Last year it was Abe Pollin’s widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told Kevin [O’Connor, Utah’s GM and one of the final three on stage]: ‘We’re toast; this is not happening for us.’ And I was right."

Is it just me or did they create a 2nd logo that looks like a weiner and balls?

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Is it just me or did they create a 2nd logo that looks like a weiner and balls?

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Will Blake Griffin destroy the Clippers?

Let us assume that over the next few years Blake achieves every possible accolade, minus winning a title for the Clippers. NBA Most Valuable Player NBA All-Star  NBA scoring champion All-NBA First...

Clippers advance on road to respect (By Ramona Shelburne)

The Baron Davis trade was a small step, but it signified L.A. is confident in its pieces

"First and foremost, I want to say thank you to the fans in LA and all of Clipper...

"First and foremost, I want to say thank you to the fans in LA and all of Clipper Nation." (Particularly the part of Clipper Nation that didn’t yell "Fatty" and "B-Chubby" at me over the last two-and-a-half seasons.) "Not many guys get the chance to play at home in front of their family and friends the way I have been able to the past couple seasons, and I am grateful for that opportunity." (I’m particularly grateful for the $65 million contract the Clippers signed me to, which was about $20 million more than anyone else offered me.) "My former teammates will always be my family, and I wish them and the organization nothing but the best." (Except for Donald Sterling, of course. He can eat a bag of dicks.) "I can’t wait to join my new team, bring good energy and help us win games. I’m ready to call The Q home and bring some excitement!!!" (I figure I can throw alley-oops to LeBron just as easily as I did to Blake. He’s still on the team, right?) "See you soon Ohio! The Beard is on its way!" (Yeah, on its way into Dan Gilbert’s office to negotiate a full buyout.)

http://blogs.thescore.com/tbj/2011/02/25/reading-between-the-lines-of-baron-davis-farewell-message-to-la-on-facebook/#more-13585

"@reallisa: Deron Williams on Blake Griffin: "Old cartoon. That's the Jazz team name for him. We...

"@reallisa: Deron Williams on Blake Griffin: "Old cartoon. That's the Jazz team name for him. We all call him Captain Planet.""

Lakers sign exclusive deal with Time Warner (20 Years / est. 20 Million a year)

I imagine this as a YES network type deal. It is suppose to make it available to all Cable, Dish and Telco providers, but will they pay for it?

Melo wants to play on a big stage, first and foremost. He's not opposed to going to the Clips as...

Melo wants to play on a big stage, first and foremost. He's not opposed to going to the Clips as much as the Clips aren't going to give up Blake for Melo and the conversation has ended there. The Clips would be open to doing a non- Blake deal if they also could do Baron for Chauncey. But Denver hasn't been receptive to that one

Future Clipper?? Donatas Motiejunas

After somewhat surprisingly electing not to enter his name in the 2010 NBA draft, Motiejunas has taken Italy by storm in his second season with Benetton Treviso. He currently ranks as the 2nd best per-minute scorer in the Italian Lega A, and is doing so in spectacularly efficient fashion, shooting 66% from 2-point range and 46% from behind the arc.

Rookie Watch: Redraft, Version 1.0 Pick No. 1: John Wall to the Wizards Hmmm, would the Wiz take a...

Rookie Watch: Redraft, Version 1.0 Pick No. 1: John Wall to the Wizards Hmmm, would the Wiz take a point guard who shows competitive fire, Formula 1 speed, a willingness to defend and the charisma of a star? Of course they would. A better debate about Wall: Where would he go in a draft with Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin? I'd guess 50 percent of the GMs would take Wall first. That's how special he can be. While Rose is a dynamic scorer and Griffin is a beast all over the court, Wall can be both a great scorer and a more natural lead guard than Rose, while also being an upgrade on defense. And it seems the league values guys like him more than anyone else besides star quality centers. Favors Pick No. 2: Derrick Favors to the 76ers This looks like as much of a no-brainer as the No. 1 selection. With the Nets, Favors has shown tremendous promise as a rebounder and scorer in the paint and would have gotten plenty of minutes in Philly's rotation. Which looks like a better foundation to build on: Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner as a backcourt duo or Holiday and Favors as a pick-and-roll combo? Holiday and Favors are two of the youngest players in the league, and both possess a demeanor that suggests they are very serious pros. Cousins Pick No. 3: DeMarcus Cousins to the Nets New Jersey would be a perfect spot for Cousins, if Favors weren't available. Tough-minded coach with lots of credibility. A culture of rules and discipline (see Terrence Williams and the D-League). And a franchise center already in place. There wouldn't be any gargantuan banners of him hanging off buildings, as we've seen in Sacramento. And my guess is that in Jersey, we would have seen a slimmer Cousins, who'd have had to work each day just to survive matchups with Brook Lopez and Avery Johnson's expectations. Aminu Pick No. 4: Al-Farouq Aminu to the Timberwolves Who knew Aminu would make more than half of his 45 3-pointers in his first 20 games as a pro? And at just 20 years of age (a full three years younger than Wes Johnson), his upside is huge. He would have been a great fit on the Wolves, an improving team that could really use perimeter shooting. With the way Kevin Love rebounds, the Wolves would have been able to play Aminu some at the 4 with little fear of getting killed on the glass (before he builds enough strength to hold his own). Eventually, Aminu should be able to learn to do some real damage from that spot. Bledsoe Pick No. 5: Eric Bledsoe to the Kings Sacramento has the second-worst record in the league for the year 2010, with just 15 wins since Jan. 1, never winning more than four games in a month. The Kings epitomize rebuilding, a mode they've been in for years. (They got good value with Cousins, but in this exercise, he's off the board.) Now it looks as though the team realizes that the reigning rookie of the year, Tyreke Evans, is better off playing next to a true point guard. And Bledsoe has shown the ability to play that part well this season in his stints as a starter with the Clippers. With his explosive athleticism, he would have given the Kings a very young, very interesting backcourt going forward.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/columns/story?columnist=thorpe_david&page=Rookies-101208

In Case you missed Baron as Doc Brown in this months ESPN Mag.

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In Case you missed Baron as Doc Brown in this months ESPN Mag.

Lamar Odom Seeks Tax Deduction For NBA Fines and Fitness Fees In a different court, Los Angeles...

Lamar Odom Seeks Tax Deduction For NBA Fines and Fitness Fees In a different court, Los Angeles Lakers basketball forward Lamar Odom has sued the Internal Revenue Service, which said he couldn’t take tax deductions for $12,000 in sports fines and another $178,000 spent getting himself in shape. The 6-foot-10 Odom, an important cog in the Lakers’ two-seasons-in-a-row championship performance, filed suit in U.S. Tax Court to fight an IRS bill for $87,000 over his taxes for 2007. That includes $9,000 in interest. However, unlike many IRS efforts to collect money, the bill did not include a claim for accuracy-related penalties. This might mean the agency sees his case somewhat less harshly than others it duns. A college dropout, Odom is representing himself without a lawyer. In his personally signed pleading, filed at the court’s Washington, D.C. office on October 25, Odom disputed a bill that the IRS sent him in August. "The taxpayer claimed $12,000 of employee business expenses for fines that were assessed by the National Basketball Association," he declared, writing in the third person. "These fines are commonly assessed on professional athletes and are work related. Therefore the fines incurred are ordinary and necessary employee business expense." The petition, which listed his address as an agent’s office in Los Angeles, offered no details about the nature of transgressions leading to the fines....

http://blogs.forbes.com/williampbarrett/2010/11/09/lamar-odom-seeks-tax-deduction-for-nba-fines-and-fitness-fees/
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One day

I keep dreaming of the day when my beloved Clippers are once again in the playoffs. It’s been a few years and I have grown impatient. I sit in vain waiting for our first win. I feel the...

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