In A Warriors World Does Chris Paul Matter?

Chris Paul has been medically cleared and may return tonight at Oracle against the Warriors after missing a ton of time because of a torn ligament in his hand. As he ages in this era of skilled point guards who can dribble, penetrate, score and drain the three, Chris Paul’s relevancy is diminishing. He is…

Hate Is Good When It’s Warriors-Clippers

The NBA’s most contentious rivalry, one that is filled with venom, animosity, technical fouls and explosive shot making, is dissected by Oakland writer C.J. Hampshire and L.A. writer Valerie Morales (before the Clips-Warriors first meeting in L.A.) VM: Let’s cut to the chase. What should Kerr have done with Klay? We experienced this with Phil and Kobe. Kobe…

Doc Rivers and the Bumpy, Clippers Ride

Regardless of how the Los Angeles Clippers have come out the gate like that thoroughbred horse that is streaking to the finish line, Glenn “Doc” Rivers is on the sidelines with a quiet burden buried deep beneath the bone. It won’t go away because it can’t. Losing in the most important game of your career…

The Los Angeles Clippers Same Old Thing

New Faces: Raymond Felton, Brandon Bass, Marreese Speights, Alan Anderson, Brice Johnson (R), Diamond Stone (R) 2015-16 Regular Season Record: 53-29 2015-16 Regular Season Achievements: 2nd: Field Goal % (Defense). 3rd: 2-Point % (Defense), 3-Point % (Defense). 4th: Free Throw Attempts. 6th: 3-Point %, 2-Point %. 7th: Steals,Points.  10th: Blocks. Leading Scorer: Blake Griffin, 21.4 Leading Rebounder: DeAndre Jordan, 13.8 The enduring image…

Paul Pierce Can’t Say Goodbye

Eight years and two months have slipped by and the greatest moment of Paul Pierce’s professional career is a distant memory. On June 17th 2008, the Boston Celtics annihilated the hated Los Angeles Lakers en route to their seventeenth NBA title with Pierce as their scoring staple. For Paul Pierce, it was an extraordinary moment.…

The L.A. Takeover is On Pause

Chris Paul wasn’t used to seconds. It had never happened. He was the bright star of New Orleans, the fourth pick in the draft. From 38 wins to 56 wins to a playoff upset of the Mavericks. Chris Paul was treated like family. After Hurricane Katrina forced his move to Oklahoma, he was loved there…

Trading Blake Griffin Is Tricky

After the Clippers’ latest playoff exit to Portland in which Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were lost due to injury, it’s hard to fault their front office for considering a roster shakeup.  The organization appears to be exploring trade possibilities for Griffin which could involve the Bulls, Celtics, Raptors, or another team. In some ways,…

Will There Ever Be A Clippers Perfect World?

One week after the Clippers most inspiring day, and their most devastating night, the Clippers are on vacation. It hasn’t settled in the mind. The team I saw go up 2-0 in the series against the Blazers had a simple loose ball foul end their bid to prolong their series with Portland.  Not that it…

Chasing J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick has always been a sharpshooter, but for a few minutes in the Game 2 win over Portland, he was the focal point of the Clippers’ offense.  That ends up being a nice bonus on a squad featuring stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.  As I walked into Staples Center, I noticed that Redick…

Clippers Playoff Preview: All Eyes On Chris

It’s no longer the elephant in the room. No longer is anyone shy; everyone talks about it openly and with a lot of emphasis on the word choke. Everyone questions the sheer ridiculousness of it in one breath and then uses it to de-legitimize Chris Paul in the other. The greatest point guard of his generation,…