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  1. Clippers promote Gary Sacks, basically make him GM

    Sep 4, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    Blake Griffin has gotten what he wanted. As had been rumored, the Clippers have promoted from within, announcing that 19-year Clipper veteran Gary Sacks is the new Vice President of Basketball Operations. So, while he is not formally the general manager, he is in practice the general manager. “Gary has been a valuable and loyal…

  2. Video: Blake Griffin says he wants to win every All-Star competition, ever, this year

    Aug 30, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    See, you don’t have to hate Blake Griffin, everyone! He’s likeable! See! “Three-point contest… Rising Stars Challenge— half-time shows…” That got me thinking. How would Blake Griffin win a halftime show? I’m thinking that he’d have to pull off the old spinning plates on his nose, head, and hands trick, while dunking. Maybe he can…

  3. A quick look at your top free agents for 2013 (as of now)

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:50 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    After a summer of rebuilding and trying to put a team together, there are a few teams out there that are clearly looking at next summer as the chance to remake their lineup. Yes, we’re looking at you, Dallas. But you are not alone. So, who are next summer’s big potential free agents? Here is…

  4. The Inbounds: How the West will almost-but-not-actually be won

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kenyon Martin, Blake Griffin

    Parity has become something of a naughty word around intelligent conversation about the NBA. Because parity is another word for “competitive balance” and that was the word the owners and league used to justify killing off 20 percent of the season last year. (When in truth the hard cap wouldn’t help a damn bit with…

  5. Piston’s Jerebko tweaks ankle playing for Sweden; will be fine

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:43 PM EST

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    If you listened to every general manager and owner interviewed after the Olympics about how their star players did, the quotes pretty much all went “it’s great that they won and it’s even better that they didn’t get injured.” Well, the Clippers didn’t say that, what with Blake Griffin (knee) and Chris Paul (thumb) needing…

  6. Blake Griffin thinks Clippers should hire in-house for GM

    Aug 28, 2012, 10:51 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    The Clippers have gone through this summer without a general manager since Neil Olshey took the pay raise in Portland — and done pretty well for themselves. They made the obvious move and gave Blake Griffin a max extension. They landed Jamal Crawford and Grant Hill to give them a deeper bench and some veteran…

  7. Tuesday And-1 links:

    Aug 28, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

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    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Pau Gasol is in Chad right now, working with UNICEF on important food…

  8. Carmelo Anthony says Knicks have no rivalry with Nets. Yet.

    Aug 27, 2012, 10:38 AM EST

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates in the win over Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    The New York Knicks will open the NBA season by heading over the bridge to Brooklyn and helping the Nets christen their new home. Knicks vs. Nets. Brooklyn vs. Manhattan. A battle for New York. A real rivalry… Not yet, says Carmelo Anthony. Speaking at a camp at St. Johns, the Knicks leader and gold…

  9. Blake Griffin says he’s back at 100 percent

    Aug 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    When Blake Griffin went down with a knee injury, his second serious knee injury of his career, during Team USA practice, the jokes were pretty predictable. I’m pretty sure “Clippers Curse” was trending in parts of the world. There’s a certain expectation that whatever can go wrong will go wrong for “the other L.A. team.”…

  10. NBA Summer Power Rankings: Free agency moves Lakers up

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Summer NBA power rankings are about as meaningful and accurate as preseason college football rankings. At least the NBA isn’t silly enough to have something like this matter in determining a champion. That would be stupid. The top and the bottom of the poll are what you’d expect, but the Lakers and Celtics moved up…

  11. Clippers not expecting Chauncey Billups back until November

    Aug 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    Chauncey Billups says he wants to be ready for the start of the season. But the Clippers are not really counting on the 36-year-old bouncing back from an Achilles injury that fast. In a report discussing how the Clippers will start this season trying to play catch up due to injury, Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles…

  12. Tuesday And-1 links: If you think LeBron’s shoes cost too much don’t pay it

    Aug 21, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

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    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Young The Giant loves Cough Syrup. • Lots of buzz today about Nike…

  13. Chris Paul out eight weeks after thumb surgery, likely misses start of camp

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul injured his thumb early on in USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics, while the team was still in Las Vegas. It held him up for a few days, but he came back and played well — Paul was huge in the second half of the USA’s gold medal winning game over Spain.…

  14. Anthony Davis says Olympics made him more confident

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis pretty much fell backwards on to the London Olympic team. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski like him as a prospect, but it took injuries to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin (his in training camp) for Team USA to get desperate enough to grab the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets.…

  15. Clippers got better this summer, yet in L.A. it’s same old story (all Lakers)

    Aug 21, 2012, 8:59 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers are a legitimately good team. They went 40-26 last season, one game back of the Pacific Division winning Los Angeles Lakers. Then this summer they went out and added Lamar Odom, Grant Hill and Jamal Crawford. They have the best point guard in the game in Chris Paul — a guy you can…

  16. Blake Griffin has spent summer reworking his jump shot

    Aug 16, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    We all know Blake Griffin needs a more consistent jump shot. Spare me the “all he can do is dunk” line because first, it’s not true, and second, the dunk is the single most efficent shot in basketball and if a guy can get five or more dunks a game he should take every one…

  17. The Inbounds: Dwight Howard and the NBA’s arms race gone too far

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    “Weapons are like money, no one knows the meaning of enough.” – Martin Amis In 2008, it was the Celtics getting both an aging Kevin Garnett and an aging Ray Allen. Then it was the Lakers getting Pau Gasol, commonly a sub-star due to his market at the time. Then came The Decision, Melodrama, the…

  18. Clippers may stay in house to find new general manager

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:36 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    The Clippers like how things are running right now — after decades of being a league punch line they have become one of the league’s up-and-coming teams. The entire culture of the locker room has changed. They like the power structure in place. They are winning and selling out the building. When things are going…

  19. Wednesday And-1 links: Should Bynum be frustrated with the Lakers?

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:06 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like 3-year-olds like to throw tantrums. • If Andrew Bynum was frustrated with the…

  20. Video: Rainn Wilson interviews Blake Griffin in his van

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    PBS Announces Hosts for Nine-Part PBS Arts Fall Festival, Kicking Off October 14

    I love that Blake Griffin is doing this kind of stuff (and working at Funny or Die during the lockout) now. Letting Dwight from the Office (otherwise known as Rainn Wilson) ask him questions like “why were you afraid to go to the Olympics?” Great stuff here. Totally worth taking a break from watching Olympic…

  21. Deron Williams calls international basketball “slippery”

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    A lot of things are different in International basketball — the closer three-point line, the types of zone defenses, the overall style of play. And the balls and the rims, if you ask Team USA players. Which the Star Ledger did to Deron Williams (via SLAM). “If you hit any part of the rim, it’s…

  22. The Inbounds: Team USA and the meaning of London

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    Bryant and James of Team USA react during their men's exhibition basketball game against Team Argentina ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona

    It’s extremely difficult to measure what winning a gold medal does for a player, outside of you know, giving them the actual object and putting a line on a resume. When most people think Michael Jordan, 99 percent of them don’t think “Olympic Gold Medalist.” They think six-time NBA champion, the Greatest of all Time,…

  23. Ronny Turiaf signs one-year deal with Los Angeles Clippers

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:54 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Turiaf dunks ball during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    The Clippers know who is going to get the bulk of the minutes at center, DeAndre Jordan. When he sits Ryan Hollins will come in and play. Same thing at the four where Blake Griffin starts and Lamar Odom is behind him But as some insurance behind all those bigs, the Clippers have signed Ronny…

  24. Outside shots, tempo, Chandler key for Team USA in London

    Jul 25, 2012, 4:18 PM EST

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Sunday it gets real. For the past three weeks Team USA has been training and scrimmaging and playing some exhibition games, getting ready. But Sunday they tip off the Olympics against France and if they can go 8-0 they will have another gold medal. (They could lose one of the first five group-play games and…

  25. Ryan Hollins agrees to deal with Clippers

    Jul 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    Ryan Hollins, Andre Iguodala

    Looks like the Clippers have found their backup center behind DeAndre Jordan. Ryan Hollins has agreed to terms with Los Angeles, his agent tweeted (via Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com). Hollins started last season with the Cavaliers but was waived by them and picked up by Boston, where he played in a couple games. With the…

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