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Rivers Calls Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith Rumors 'Silly Talk'

Doc Rivers has denied a report that the Los Angeles Clippers are gauging trade interest in Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson. "That's silly talk. Nothing. No truth," said Rivers. The Clippers acquired both Smith and Stephenson in the offseason and neither player has made as positive of an impact as expected. Rivers serves as both top decision-maker on personnel decisions and head coach...
Via RealGM
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA rumors: Clips shop Stephenson, Smith; Pelicans like Suns' Morris

With a quarter of the 2015-16 NBA season in the books, teams are solidifying their rotations and figuring out where they have holes in the roster. And that can only mean one thing -- it's time for NBA trade rumors to start heating up.The first trade of the season is already in the books, of course, as the Memphis Grizzlies acquired Mario Chalmers from the Miami Heat back in November...
Via Fox Sports
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Clippers Testing Trade Market With Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith

The Los Angeles Clippers have tested the trade market for interest in Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith. Stephenson can be traded now, while Smith is not eligible for a deal until Dec. 15th. The Clippers haven't viewed Stephenson and Smith as good fits on their team so far. "There is not much of a market for them," one NBA executive said. "They are buyout candidates. Maybe Lance goes...
Via RealGM
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Clips' Stephenson stays positive despite reduced playing time

When the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Lance Stephenson this summer, the public opinion on the move was primarily split. For all of his upside and palpable talent, Stephenson is a notable wild card on the court and in the locker room. Last season, he was one of the worst rotation players in the league, and one of the worst shooters ever.The Clippers used a perfect buy-low opportunity...
Via Fox Sports
November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Doc Rivers isn't comfortable with Lance Stephenson closing games yet

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been impressed with the way starting small forward Lance Stephenson has played this season. But while Stephenson has fit in nicely with the other four starters -- Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick -- he hasn't closed games with them. That honor has gone to Paul Pierce, Jamal Crawford and/or Austin Rivers. For...
Via Fox Sports
November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Starts Cold While Clippers Remain Red Hot

Lance Stephenson hit his first shot of his first possession as a Clipper — a 3-pointer no less — as the shot clock wound down against the Kings. The much-maligned wing was acquired on the cheap by Los Angeles to inject youthful athleticism to a dusty roster, and maybe, just maybe, he’d regain some of the charm that he fostered in Indiana. Stephenson hit his second shot too...
Via Bloguin Best
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance starts cold while Clippers remain red hot

Lance Stephenson hit his first shot of his first possession as a Clipper — a 3-pointer no less — as the shot clock wound down against the Kings. The much-maligned wing was acquired on the cheap by Los Angeles to inject youthful athleticism to a dusty roster, and maybe, just maybe, he’d regain some of the charm that he fostered in Indiana. Stephenson hit his second shot too...
Via Crossover Chronicles
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The Rise and Fall Of Lance Stephenson

One of the strangest anomalies in the NBA today is the rise and fall of Lance Stephenson. With Indiana, the 25-year-old guard was one of the key players to the Pacers' success throughout their regular season and playoff runs. However, with the Hornets, he was absolutely awful both on and off the floor. With Charlotte, Stephenson only managed to average 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Kemba Walker unsure Lance Stephenson 'was ready for that much responsibility' in Charlotte

Lance Stephenson's (on-court) tenure with the Charlotte Hornets was one of the biggest disasters you'll ever see. The once high-profile free agent was miserable last season, and it eventually led to him getting traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.Speaking with GQ, Hornets franchise point guard Kemba Walker has his own thoughts about why Stephenson didn't fit in Charlotte:A lot of...
Via Fox Sports
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Clippers Tripled Background Calls Before Trading For Lance Stephenson

The Los Angeles Clippers did extra due diligence on Lance Stephenson before trading for him last June. Doc Rivers didn't know Stephenson previously. A normal background check would typically warrant 20 phone calls, but Rivers and general manager Dave Wohl made 61 inquiries researching Stephenson. "I don't think we've ever made more (background) calls for a player in my life," Rivers...
Via RealGM
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Stephenson posts highlight reel for those who say he’s trash

Add a heightened level of self-awareness to the seemingly endless list of assets that Lance Stephenson can bring to the table for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2015-16 season. The tempestuous guard felt compelled on Saturday to respond to all of his presumed critics who may think that he’s “trash” by emphatically affirming the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

This Season is a Championship or a Bust for the Los Angles Clippers

An enormous amount of pressure will and should be on the Los Angeles Clippers as they have by far the most formidable roster in their franchise history. The standards and expectations never been high for the Clippers organization, not that they are not worthy of such praise, but they have be known for several years as a second thought behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the last several...
Via isportsweb.com
October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Five takeaways: Clippers overcome 35-point deficit to stun Blazers

The Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 35-point deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 115-109 in the team's final preseason game on Thursday. Here are five takeaways from tonight's contest: And the winner of the fifth starting spot is...  Lance Stephenson, or so it seems. Stephenson started the final two preseason games and played well on both ends of the floor. Playing...
Via Fox Sports West
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Five takeaways: Clippers overcome 35-point deficit to stun Blazers

The Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 35-point deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 115-109 in the team's final preseason game on Thursday. Here are five takeaways from tonight's contest: And the winner of the fifth starting spot is...  Lance Stephenson, or so it seems. Stephenson started the final two preseason games and played well on both ends of the floor. Playing...
Via Fox Sports West
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The NBA’s most important players: Pacific Division

Today’s tour of the NBA takes us to the Pacific division, where the distinction needs to be made between an important player and an important player-coach. * LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS: LANCE STEPHENSON Paul Pierce might be the most important Los Angeles Clipper outside the CP3-Blake Griffin-DeAndre Jordan trio, but Pierce is — in reality if not in formal title — a player-coach this...
Via Crossover Chronicles
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The NBA’s most important players: Pacific Division

Today’s tour of the NBA takes us to the Pacific division, where the distinction needs to be made between an important player and an important player-coach. * LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS: LANCE STEPHENSON Paul Pierce might be the most important Los Angeles Clipper outside the CP3-Blake Griffin-DeAndre Jordan trio, but Pierce is — in reality if not in formal title — a player-coach this...
Via Bloguin Best
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

Here's the next installment of our team-by-team season preview series on the Los Angeles Clippers. 2014-15 Record: 56-26 Notable Acquisitions: Josh Smith (FA), Lance Stephenson (Trade), Paul Pierce (FA) Notable Departures: Matt Barnes, Spencer Hawes Temperature Check: Coming off an extremely disappointing collapse in the second round of last year's playoffs, the Clippers went...
Via RealGM - NBA
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Stephenson slams Hornets: 'A star normally gets the ball'

Lance Stephenson was awful in his first and only season with the Charlotte Hornets. He shot 17.1 percent from behind the three-point line and 37.6 percent from the field. Operating with a higher usage rate than he had with the Indiana Pacers, Stephenson's PER plummeted to a paltry 8.8. He was arguably the worst starting shooting guard in the NBA. But Stephenson doesn't think any...
Via Fox Sports
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Stephenson Feels Hornets Misused His Game

Lance Stephenson is excited for his fresh start with the Los Angeles Clippers after a disappointing season with the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets signed Stephenson in free agency and he expected to dominate the ball, but the team was still built around Kemba Walker on the perimeter. “I don’t feel that,” he said. “I was just sitting in the corner. That’s not trying to be...
Via RealGM
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Stephenson: Hornets didn't treat me like a star

Lance Stephenson’s tenure with the Charlotte Hornets was a disaster on the level of Kevin Federline’s rap career, and now the 25-year-old is placing the blame squarely on the franchise for not putting him in a position to succeed. Stephenson, who was traded to the Clippers this summer just months after signing a three-year, $27...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Clippers Plan On Using Lance Stephenson As Primary Wing Defender

The Los Angeles Clippers plan on using Lance Stephenson to defend bigger wings like Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. “Lance is absolutely our no. 1 option against all those guys,” said Doc Rivers. The Clippers also plan on having Stephenson defend bigger point guards to give Chris Paul a rest on that side of the floor. The concern with Stephenson is whether he'll...
Via RealGM
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Smith One-Handed Slam Dunk

New LA Clippers forward Josh Smith gets a pass from Lance Stephenson drives, slams and draws the contact from Nikola Jokic for the poster jam. The post Josh Smith One-Handed Slam Dunk appeared first on Hooped Up.
Via Hooped Up
October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Stephenson's status for preseason opener vs. Nuggets is unknown

The status of Los Angeles Clippers wing Lance Stephenson, who is battling a public bone inflammation, is unknown for Friday night's preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets.Stephenson practiced on Thursday and was fine, but the injury has been sporadically rearing up and giving him trouble.Per Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:Stephenson is an integral part of the Clippers'...
Via Fox Sports
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Doc Rivers: Clippers ‘absolutely’ plan to keep Jamal Crawford

With an influx of second-unit talent arriving (and presumably a reduction in available shot attempts), it seems like former Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford hasn’t been all that pleased with the way the Clippers’ offseason has gone. Faced with the constant trade rumors surrounding his name all summer, and now looking at a diminished role off the bench to boot, Crawford has...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Will the Los Angeles Clippers go through turmoil this season?

According to multiple NBA experts, ESPN generated a poll with the top five teams that will go through the most turmoil this coming NBA season. The Los Angeles Clippers have made some impressive moves this off-season acquiring Josh Smith, Paul Pierce, Wesley Johnson and Lance Stephenson. Apparently, the Clippers are among the top five teams that most feel will be in a debacle. It...
Via isportsweb.com
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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