PLAYA VISTA, CA -- The Los Angeles Clippers held their 2012 Media Day at their practice facility across town from their home court at Staples Center. In the past, the Clips would draw anywhere from 30 to 50 members of the local media -- and that was considered an exceptional turnout.
As of Thursday, the bar had been raised considerably.
More than 150 reporters -- local, national and global -- filled the state-of-the-art facility to talk with a team that many feel will challenge Oklahoma City, San Antonio and the Lakers for superiority in the NBA's Western Conference.
Last year, the Clippers finished one game behind the first-place Lakers in the Pacific Division, then fought through a series of injuries to Blake Griffin, Chauncey Billups and Chris Paul to pull out an exciting seven-game playoff win over Memphis in the first round of the playoffs. The final game win came on the Grizz' home floor, with Griffin and Billups struggling to even suit up due to injuries. But they showed...