LA Clippers Overview News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Roster, History & More

LA Clippers Overview: News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Roster, History & More

The LA Clippers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. 

The Clippers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena they share with fellow NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

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LA Clippers News and Rumors

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The LA Clippers Have the Most Back-to-Backs in the NBA This Season

Every season, there is one thing that fans can count on: the LA Clippers won’t have a favorable schedule, and this year is no exception. The LA Clippers have played 15 back-to-back games this season, tying them with all other NBA teams for the most back-to-backs.

Ty Lue: ‘I don’t know if Kawhi Leonard will be ready for the start of the season

Although Lue may be ducking the question or giving himself some leeway, it would be concerning if Leonard would not be ready to play at all after about a year and a half away.

Hilarious Meme Trolls The Clippers Compared To Their Rivals

Over the past few years, the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as a serious power in the West. But despite having so many well-known players and having made so many playoff appearances, they still aren’t where they want to be.

The Clippers Will Face A Tough Test In 2022 Home Opener

In the next NBA season, the Los Angeles Clippers have a lot to show. The Clippers might really break through the rest of the West and become a serious postseason power if Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and John Wall are all healthy.

The Clippers’ 2022-23 Schedule Quirks 

The Clippers are tucked away in a few curiosities on the NBA schedule, which is now available. The LA Clippers’ schedule is now out, along with the rest of the NBA.

Clippers 2022-23 Schedule

Clippers 2022-23 Schedule: Top Games, Championship Odds and Record Predictions 

Sixers 2021–22 Schedule Information Season-Opener: Full Schedule at NBA.com; Championship Odds Best Matches Team

Former NBA Star Shares An Interesting Clippers Comparison

More and more people are discussing the Los Angeles Clippers as the start of the new NBA season draws near. Many supporters get the impression that the Clippers might actually be competitive this season.

Clippers might be ‘best team in the league’ 

On NBA.com, the power rankings have fallen, and the Clippers are now considered a potential powerhouse. As we get closer to the opening of training camp in late September, publications are releasing rankings, predictions, and prognostications of all kinds as the offseason drags on.

Julius Erving Says Kawhi Leonard Is His Favorite Player In The NBA: “I Really Admire Him…”

Julius Erving, sometimes known as Dr. J, had a successful NBA career. Following the year 1971, when he made his professional debut, he put together a successful 16-year run that featured 16 All-Star appearances, seven All-NBA selections, four MVP awards, and a title in 1984.

Trade Candidate Series: Does Naz Reid fit the Clippers? 

Would Minnesota be open to trading Naz Reid after a significant trade resulted in the acquisition of another expensive center? The LA Clippers now have an available roster spot as they approach the start of training camp in late September, thanks to the way the offseason has played out for them.

Dates set for Clippers-Lakers in 2022-23 

At least we are aware of the dates for the four games. The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers will play each other for the first time this season in October, according to a report on Sunday.

Source: https://www.yardbarker.com/nba/teams/los_angeles_clippers/88

History

1970–1978: Buffalo Braves

Clippers Buffalo Braves

In 1970, the Buffalo Braves began to play in the NBA as one of three new teams. Led by Bob McAdoo and coached by Jack Ramsay, they struggled at first but eventually became successful.

However, when Brown bought the team, he traded all of the players and drove attendance down to the point where they had to break their lease on the arena. Eventually, the Braves were moved to San Diego, where they still play today.

1978–1984: San Diego Clippers

San Diego Clippers

In 1978, the Buffalo Braves relocated to San Diego and were renamed the Clippers. Despite poor play and injury-plagued seasons, the Clippers managed to win over local fans with their fast-paced style of play, led by world-famous Free.

In 1979, Los Angeles-area developer and attorney Donald Sterling bought the team and quickly changed the team’s name, logo, and management.

The 1981-82 season was particularly tumultuous for the Clippers, as injuries and poor play caused them to miss the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The Clippers were left stranded and nearly missed a game after their previous accommodations were refused by hotels.

This was not the only time the team had run into issues with Sterling – they had also been stranded at the airport due to nonpayment by him on previous occasions. This ultimately led to the team hiring a bus company in Newark in order to make it to their game on time.

Sterling attempted to relocate the Clippers to Los Angeles in 1982 but was unsuccessful. This led to a league investigation and eventual recommendation that he be terminated as Owner.

Finally, in 1984, Sterling sold the team to Alan Rothenberg, who then moved them back to San Diego. However, due to the NFL’s move to LA, the NBA was willing to drop its lawsuit against Sterling in exchange for him dropping his antitrust lawsuit.

1984–1989: Move to Los Angeles, and Early Struggles

Clippers 1984–1989

In 1984, the Los Angeles Clippers began to play at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Despite having many talented players injure themselves, the team endured many seasons of poor performance.

In 1987, they finished 12-70, their second-worst single-season record in NBA history. That same year, Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor joined the team as the general manager and vice president of basketball operations.

1989–1994: Playoff Appearances

Clippers playoff 1989–1994

Twenty-nine years ago, the Clippers traded the rights to the recently drafted Danny Ferry and Reggie Williams for high-scoring shooting guard Ron Harper. Los Angeles had a 19-19 record nearly halfway into the season, prompting some to seriously consider the team as a possible playoff contender.

However, Larry Brown was hired as the team’s head coach midway through the season and led them to a 23-12 mark, their first winning season in 13 years. The team advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 16 years but was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Utah Jazz.

1994–2000: Fitch, Anaheim and the Move to Staples Center

Anaheim relocation talks

Anaheim relocation talks

Anaheim, a suburb approximately thirty miles (48 km) south of Downtown Los Angeles in affluent Orange County, expressed interest in obtaining an NBA franchise.

The city, expecting to lose the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams (who relocated to St. Louis in 1995 for 21 seasons before moving back to Los Angeles in 2016), was looking for a new professional team and began courting the Clippers, who struggled to carve out an identity competing against the popular Lakers for audience share.

The Clippers played several games annually (usually five to eight regular-season games a season and an annual preseason game) at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, sharing the venue with the NHL’s Ducks and the Splash indoor soccer team.

Bill Fitch era

Bill Fitch era

In the early 1990s, the Clippers were in a state of flux. Gone were the days of head coach Bill Fitch and his successful teams. With new ownership in place, the team made frequent roster changes, failing to make the playoffs even once during this time.

The 1996-97 season was their one playoff appearance under Fitch’s guidance, but they were swept in the first round by the Utah Jazz. One of the players from this era, Malik Sealy, died in a car accident in 2000. 

Another, Kevin Duckworth, died of heart disease in 2008. Lorenzen Wright went missing and was murdered in 2010. Dwayne Schintzius died from cancer complications in 2012. Despite these tragedies, the 1998-99 season was a turning point for the Clippers.

Move to Staples Center

Clippers move to Staples Center

The Clippers were originally supposed to move into a new arena built next to the Sports Arena, but after plans for the Staples Center were announced, they decided to stay put. Now, they’re one of the most successful teams in the league and have sold out every home game since 2011.

2000–2009: Further struggles at Staples Center

The 2000-01 season is a time of change for the LA Clippers. Derek Strong, Corey Maggette, and Keyon Dooling were traded to Orlando in exchange for Derek Anderson, Quentin Richardson, and the draft rights to Darius Miles.

The team became popular with their high-flying style of basketball and led the NBA in bench scoring with 37 points per game. The season was not as successful as hoped, as they only won 3 of the last 12 games and missed the playoffs.

However, they retained their core players and Brand was selected for the All-Star game. In the 2005-06 season, the team had a turning point as they became more successful and clinched their first playoff spot since 1997.

They also finished with a better record than the Lakers for the second straight year. The Buffalo Bulls are back in the playoffs and looking to make a run at the title. They beat their division rivals, the Denver Nuggets, to secure home court advantage for the first round. The Bulls have a record of 47-35 this season and will be looking to use that momentum to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Further struggles at Staples Center

On April 22, 2006, the Clippers won their first playoff game in 13 years. Two days later, they won their second playoff game, going 2-0 against an opponent for the first time in franchise history. They lost Game 3, won Game 4, and on May 1, they won Game 5 in Los Angeles. This would mark their first playoff series win since they moved from Buffalo.

In the next round, the team faced the Phoenix Suns. After losing a close Game 1, they won Game 2, 122-97. The series shifted to Staples Center for Game 3, but the Suns won, 94-91. In Game 4, Brand posted 30 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists as the Clippers evened the series.

In Game 5, Raja Bell made a key 3-pointer for the Suns with 1.1 seconds left in the first overtime to send the game to the offseason. The Clippers acquired ten new players in an attempt to rebound from their disappointing 23-59 season. They drafted Eric Gordon with their seventh pick and acquired Mike Taylor from the Portland Trail Blazers.

Baron Davis, a Los Angeles native and former Golden State Warrior, signed a five-year contract with the team.

In the 2008 off-season, the Clippers acquired Marcus Camby from the Denver Nuggets in return for a $10 million trade exception and the choice to exchange second-round picked with the Clippers in 2010.

They also acquired guard Jason Hart from the Utah Jazz in exchange for guard Brevin Knight and signed Ricky Davis to a one-year deal. However, just prior to the start of training camp in September, Williams announced his retirement. Other mid-season acquisitions came in the form of Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins, who arrived from the New York Knicks in exchange for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley.

This trade made Kaman the sole member still on the team from their playoff run two years prior. The 2008-09 season ended with the team 14th in the Western Conference, with a record of 19-63.

2009–2011: The arrival of Blake Griffin and steady improvement

The arrival of Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin, the first overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, is injured midway through the season, and the Clippers are struggling. Griffin is a rookie and has not yet learned how to play effectively without the ball.

Griffin’s injury forces the team to trade Zach Randolph, who had helped the team win many games, to Memphis for Quentin Richardson, who is then traded to Minnesota for Sebastian Telfair, Craig Smith, and Mark Madsen. Griffin eventually comes back from his injury, and the team improves as a result.

2011–2017: Arrival of Chris Paul and Lob City

Arrival of Chris Paul and Lob City

In the 2011-2012 NBA season, the Clippers were led by two All-Star starters, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. After a tough start to the season, the Clippers went on a tear, winning 12 of their next 14 games.

They clinched their fifth playoff berth in six years and their first since 2005-06 before being swept in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs. In the offseason, the Clippers re-acquired Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks and signed free agent Jamal Crawford.

Public address announcer David Courtney died suddenly on November 29, 2012, , and was replaced by former Clippers and current Los Angeles Dodgers PA announcer Eric Smith. With a 111-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on December 15, the Clippers set a new franchise record of 13 consecutive home wins.

On December 21, with a 97-85 win over the Sacramento Kings, they clinched the first division title in their history. The Clippers continued their undefeated month ending December 16 with their 17th straight win against the Utah Jazz, tying the record for most consecutive wins in an NBA season held by the Buffalo Braves.

On January 9, 2013, with a 99-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, they recorded another franchise record with their 14th straight home win. On January 12, the Clippers’ 13-game home win streak came to an end with a 104-101 loss to the Orlando Magic.

Donald Sterling Controversy

Donald Sterling Controversy

The Clippers are facing a lot of backlashes after team owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape talking about not wanting his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, to bring black people to games. In response, tthe NBA banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million.

A CEO was appointed to run the team while Ballmer took over as Owner. In the professional basketball world, there are few female executives as prominent as Lisa Zucker. She has held the position of president of business operations for the Los Angeles Clippers since 2014 and is one of just two women in any of the four major professional sports leagues.

Zucker’s background in marketing and her experience working within the NBA has helped her to develop a strong understanding of the sport and its players. Her efforts have paid off, as the Clippers have enjoyed success both on and off the court over the past few years.

2014–2017: Final Seasons of Lob City

Final Seasons of Lob City

The Clippers’ first season under new ownership ended with a 56-26 record and the third seed in the Western Conference. They met the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, winning the series in the seventh game on a game-winning shot by Paul with one second left. In the next series against the second-seeded Houston Rockets, they took a 3-1 series lead that included 25 and 33-point wins in games three and four, respectively. 

However, Houston won the final three games to eliminate Los Angeles. In the off-season, the Clippers acquired Lance Stephenson, Wesley Johnson, and Paul Pierce while re-signing Austin Rivers. Griffin missed half of the season, and the Clippers finished with the fourth playoff seed before being then eliminated in the first round of the 2016 playoffs by the fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers.

2017–Present: Rebuild

LA Clippers Rebuild

In the 2017-18 season, the Los Angeles Clippers were in disarray after losing Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in a sign-and-trade. They brought in two-time Executive of the Year winner Jerry West to help with their rebuilding process.

The team was struggling by the 2018 trade deadline and traded Chris Griffin to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Italian wing Danilo Gallinari, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a protected first-round pick in 2018, and a second-round pick in 2019.

With the added depth, they finished with a winning record of 42-40 but missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011. In the 2019 off-season, Kawhi Leonard opted out of his final year on his contract with the Toronto Raptors to become one of the top free agents.

Logos and Uniforms

LA Clippers Logos and Uniforms

The Clippers are a professional basketball franchise based in Los Angeles. As part of a rebranding effort, the team unveiled a new logo and uniform design in 2015. The new look features a compass-shaped basketball with the letters “LAC” Superimposed.

The Clippers are celebrating their 35th season in Los Angeles, and in doing so, they have unveiled a series of commemorative uniforms s. The White City uniforms feature black lettering and are a tribute to Los Angeles’ street culture.

The 2020-21 “City” Uniform features a black base with blue and red stripes, similar to the “Earned” Uniform the Clippers received for making the playoffs.

For the 2021-22 season, the Clippers will sport various uniforms from their past, including the baby blue and orange of the Buffalo/San Diego era, the “Clippers” Script from 1987 to 2015, and the three sails motif from the 2017-18 “City” Uniform.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers Stats

Los Angeles Clippers Stats

Season 2021-22

  • Record: 42-40, Finished 8th in NBA Western Conference
  • Coach: Tyronn Lue (42-40)
  • Executive: Lawrence Frank
  • PTS/G: 108.4 (23rd of 30) Opp PTS/G: 108.4 (11th of 30)
  • SRS: 0.09 (17th of 30) Pace: 98.0 (18th of 30)
  • Off Rtg: 110.1 (24th of 30) Def Rtg: 110.1 (8th of 30) Net Rtg: +0.0 (18th of 30)
  • Expected W-L: 41-41 (18th of 30)
  • Preseason Odds: Championship +1600, Over-Under 45.5
  • Arena: Crypto.com Arena Attendance: 694,005 (16th of 30)

Season 2022-23

  • Record: 0-0, 1st in NBA Western Conference
  • Coach: Tyronn Lue (0-0)
  • Preseason Odds: Championship +700

LA Clippers Roster 2022

Number Name Position
1 Reggie Jackson Guard
1 John Wall Guard
2 Kawhi Leonard Forward
4 Brandon Boston Guard
5 Luke Kennard Guard
6 Moses Brown Center
7 Amir Coffey Guard-Forward
8 Marcus Morris Sr. Forward
13 Paul George Forward
14 Terance Mann Guard-Forward
15 Xavier Moon Guard
18 Jason Preston Guard
22 Rodney Hood Guard-Forward
23 Robert Covington Forward
24 Norman Powell Guard
25 Moussa Diabate Forward
33 Nicolas Batum Guard-Forward
40 Ivica Zubac Center

LA Clippers Coach 2022

Name Position
Tyronn Lue Head Coach
Dan Craig Associate Head Coach
Larry Drew Assistant Coach
Brendan O’Connor Assistant Coach
Brian Shaw Assistant Coach
Jay Larranaga Assistant Coach
Shaun Fein Assistant Coach
Jeremy Castleberry Assistant Coach
Jasen Powell Trainer

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FAQs

FAQs about LA Clippers Overview

Where Do The Los Angeles Clippers Play?

The Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League all share the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles as their home court (NHL).

Who is the Owner of the LA Clippers?

Steve Ballmer is known for his Microsoft career and most recently as Owner of the LA Clippers.

Have the Clippers ever Won a Championship?

The Los Angeles Clippers have never won an NBA Finals. The closest they came to winning a championship was in 2021, when they lost the Western Conference Finals.

Why Are They Called the LA Clippers?

Officials from the San Diego team did not believe that “Braves” was a suitable moniker for the team in San Diego, and a local naming competition ultimately resulted in “Clippers,” in honor of the city’s reputation for the large sailing ships that cruised through San Diego Bay.

Conclusion

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