Found July 30, 2013 on
Vinny Del Negro
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers: Best and Worst Moves of the Offseason
By Brandon Hartman: Vp of Content and Senior Writer at Hoopstuff
Best Move: Adding Doc Rivers as Head Coach
First, of course resigning Chris Paul is the Clippers’ off season gem so far. You would be one heck of a writer to convince anyone that getting perhaps the number one point guard in the league to commit to a team long term, was not that team’s top move of the off season. Yet, the Clippers resigning Chris Paul was just too expected for me to make it the team’s top move. With Paul signing on the dotted line, the team which disappointedly bowed out in the first round of the playoffs against Memphis last year, was all but kept intact and set to stay the same for another year. Of course, as with every disappointing loss in sports, came a scapegoat for last year’s embarrassment with Vinny Del Negro being blamed and fired for an underwhelming post season performance. The Clippers deemed him an unworthy head coach for such a ...
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Chris Paul reportedly threatened to leave the Clippers and sign with the Rockets when the Doc Rivers trade talk initially broke down.
Doc Rivers‘ favorite quip, whenever a reporter asks him about an injured player’s condition, is “You know ‘Doc’ is just a nickname, right?” Shaquille O’Neal may want to co-opt his former coach’s phrase for his own devices: “You know ‘Big Aristotle’ is just a nickname, right?” Reader’s Digest apparently did not get the memo. In its “Quotable Quotes” section...
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All basketball players should look to the great Michael Jordan for guidance. His performance on the court should be something to aspire to, but sometimes a line needs to be drawn. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony crossed that line when they jumped from the court to the baseball field. OK, so the basketball stars only threw out ceremonial first pitches, but they were...
He’s been compared to Chris Paul, led tiny Long Island University to two NIT titles and began his professional career in the club leagues that predate the NBA. Ossie Schectman, who boasted many long-forgotten accomplishments on the basketball court, died Tuesday, according to CNN. He was 94.
Schectman is best known — if he is known at all — for scoring the first basket in NBA...
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Carmelo Anthony are traveling the Far East with the Air Jordan Flight Tour. The three NBA superstars stopped in Taiwan to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before The Brother Elephants of New Taipei City played a game.
The three NBAers didn’t embarrass themselves but both Anthony and Paul balked while Blake Griffin fired a strike.
Doc Rivers may be coaching another team on the other side of the country, but he still has the utmost confident in two of recently traded players.
Rivers told Celtics Blog, that with the addition of Garnett and Pierce, he thinks the Nets have enough weapons now, to knock off the defending champion Heat.
“That will be strange for me [seeing them in another uniform]. I want them...
Chris Paul runs the Los Angeles Clippers. You know this. I know this. But in case you need just a little more proof, Bill Simmons of Grantland provides a tale of how Chris Paul ultimately made the Clippers pony up for Doc Rivers.I’m sure you recall the back and forth that went on between the Celtics and Clippers regarding Rivers leaving Boston to take over the Clippers. I’m sure...
The Doc Rivers to the Clippers deal was on and off, several different times before it was finally agreed to.
What finally nudged the Clippers over the hump, and allowed Donald Sterling and management to pull the trigger on the deal?
Well if you believe Bill Simmons and the crew over at GRANTLAND, then it was a threat from star point guard Chris Paul that finally pushed the Clippers...
According to Grantland’s Bill Simmons, Chris Paul informed the Clippers he was going to team up with Dwight Howard and sign with the Houston Rockets when the Doc Rivers trade talks were initially presumed “dead.” Luckily for the Clippers, they were able to land Doc Rivers and lock down their All-Star point guard with a 5-year, $107 million contract extension.
To Chris Paul...
Remember those rumors about Chris Paul and Dwight Howard talking about teaming up somewhere next NBA season? Apparently that was closer to happening then one might think. Per ESPN’s Bill Simmons, Chris Paul informed the Clippers he was planning on signing with the Houston Rockets after talks broke down between the Clippers and Doc Rivers.
The Clippers ended negotiations with the...
Dwight Howard bolted the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets, and the perception continues to be that Howard left because he didn’t like head coach Mike D’Antoni‘s system. Well, apparently Howard wasn’t the only L.A. basketball player to desire to leave if he didn’t get his coach — only this one got his way.
Chris Paul threatened the Clippers that he would leave...
Cal baseball's latest 2014 commit only started watching college baseball when childhood friend Chris Paul debuted for the Golden Bears, and now, two years later, he's set to join Paul and fellow former Long Beach Breaker Robbie McInerny in blue and gold.
We’ve all heard the rumors circulating in print, online, or on the airwaves that Doc Rivers left Boston for Los Angeles because of Rajon Rondo. While the coach may or may not have liked the best player – a great item to debate but something we just don’t know the answer to – on his roster, Rivers probably went West simply to coach a better team.
Rivers has a...
According to Bill Simmons, Chris Paul threatened to sign with the Houston Rockets if the Clippers did not successfully acquire Doc Rivers. Had Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics refused to trade Doc Rivers to the Clippers, we could have seen one of the greatest trios in NBA history: Chris Paul, James Harden and Dwight [...]