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Lakers Bench Sparks Upset Win Over Clippers in Battle for L.A. [Video Highlights]

Lakers Bench Sparks Upset Win Over Clippers in Battle for L.A. [Video Highlights]

Lakers Bench Sparks Upset Win Over Clippers in Battle for L.A. [Video Highlights]

 

In the first Battle for L.A. of the season, the Lakers took the court without their leader Kobe Bryant and came out to prove that they are still a team to be reckoned with, while the new-look Clippers looked to get their season off to a strong start with new head coach Doc Rivers. 

 

Fueled by a strong performance from their bench (Lakers’ 76 bench points were the most for the club since April 1988) and more off the home crowd, the Lakers stunned the Clippers by a score of 116-103. Xavier Henry led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting in his Lakers debut. Jordan Farmar brought energy and added 16 points, while Jodie Meeks scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.

 

The Lakers’ 41-point fourth quarter was downright stunning, but the identities of the players responsible for this exciting, free-flowing opener were even more jaw-dropping.

 

Here are the full highlights from last nights game.

 

 

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Chris Paul Will Reportedly Accept 5-Year, $107 Million Contract to Stay With Clippers

Chris Paul Will Reportedly Accept 5-Year, $107 Million Contract to Stay With Clippers

Chris Paul Will Reportedly Accept 5-Year, $107 Million Contract to Stay With Clippers

 

The question wether CP3 would remain in Los Angeles has been answered, for the time being. The Clippers haven’t locked Chris Paul up for the long term quite yet, but the superstar point guard is reportedly ready to sign a five-year, $107 million contract extension with the club.

 

According to ESPN Los Angeles’ Ramona Shelburn:

 

The eight-year veteran has made it clear that he will agree to a deal shortly. The team has been able to offer one to him as of 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday morning.

 

CP3 can’t officially ink his name to any contract until July 10—after the league-imposed moratorium on signings is lifted. This should, however, put the Clippers fans at ease, after a summer full of questions and changes the organization.

 

The club organized a trade for the Boston Celtics’ 2008 championship-winning coach, Doc Rivers. That seems to have been the deciding factor, as CP3 has been considered a lock to remain in L.A. ever since Rivers came aboard.

 

We should hear more details as the day progresses.

 

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Clippers New Coach Doc Rivers Takes a Shot at ESPN's Bill Simmons, Calls Him a Idiot [UPDATE: Doc Accusing Simmons of Trying to Get Him Fired]

Clippers New Coach Doc Rivers Takes a Shot at ESPN’s Bill Simmons, Calls Him a Idiot [UPDATE: Doc Accusing Simmons of Trying to Get Him Fired]

Clippers New Coach Doc Rivers Takes A Shot At ESPN's Bill Simmons, Calls Him a Idiot [Video]

 

ESPN’s Shelly Smith’s interview with Doc Rivers got awkward when she brought up comments by the network’s Bill Simmons that Rivers quit on the Celtics.

 

Rivers on Simmons: “I would like to call him an idiot, but I’m too classy for that.”

 

Simmons responded that Rivers’ story “keeps changing.”

 

 

[UPDATE: After getting into last night during the draft, the feud between Doc Rivers and Bill Simmons has now gone as far as Doc going on the Dan Patrick Show and calling Simmons a “fan.”  Then, Rivers went on WEEI and accused Simmons of trying to get him fired. (The full audio can be found here.)

 

Simmons has resorted to Twitter to defend himself and attack Rivers.

 

 

 

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Doc Rivers Will Be Traded to Clippers for a First Round Pick, Pending League Approval

Doc Rivers Will Be Traded to Clippers for a First Round Pick, Pending League Approval

Doc Rivers Will Be Traded to Clippers for a First Round Pick, Pending League Approval

 

After a week long soap opera, Doc Rivers is heading to Los Angeles, to be the head coach of the Clippers. The Clips will give up their 2015 first round pick in exchange for Rivers, pending league approval.

 

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston broke the news:

 

Sources confirmed on Sunday that the Clippers will sign Rivers to a three-year, $21 million contract. They will send a first-round pick as compensation for the Boston Celtics, who have agreed to release the coach from the three years, $21 million he has remaining on his deal with the club.

 

Contrary to previous reports, according to league and team sources, the Celtics have been complicit all along in assisting Rivers make the switch from Boston to Los Angeles.

 

 

The Clippers hope the deal with Rivers will clinch Chris Paul’s signature on a new five-year max contract. Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1

 

Los Angeles won a franchise-record 56 games during the 2012-13 regular season, but after falling to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the organization decided it was time to part ways with Vinny Del Negro, electing not to renew the polarizing head coach’s contract. 

 

Rivers went 416-305 (.577) with the Celtics and led them to seven playoff appearances during his nine seasons. He won the NBA title in 2008 and made it back to the finals in 2010 before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.

 

League and teams sources also confirmed that for now, any deal involving Garnett and the Clippers is on hold in light of commissioner David Stern’s objections to the appearance that the KG deal (for DeAndre Jordan) and Rivers were related.

 

[Information from ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com]

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Doc Rivers Allegedly Tried to Fight Rajon Rondo After Rondo Dropped an F-Bomb in a Team Meeting

Doc Rivers Allegedly Tried to Fight Rajon Rondo After Rondo Dropped an F-Bomb in a Team Meeting

Doc Rivers Allegedly Tried to Fight Rajon Rondo After Rondo Dropped an F-Bomb in a Team Meeting

 

Longtime Celtics coach Doc Rivers is trying to find a way to get out of Boston, and this just makes his decision easier. It has been stated that Doc doesn’t want to rebuild, but that may change. Perhaps he just doesn’t want to rebuild with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. According to Chris Sheridan, Rondo and Rivers may not be on the best terms. From Sheridan Hoops:

 

A source close to the Celtics tells Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com that Rondo dropped an F-bomb on Rivers in the locker room during a team meeting, and Rivers went after Rondo and tried to fight him before the fracas was broken up.

 

There’s some obvious questions here. Like, when did this take place? Was there any other witnesses? Did Rivers really try to “fight” Rondo or did the conversation just get a bit heated because Rajon used some harsh language? It does seem a bit convenient as Rivers is trying to leave Boston.

 

Rondo hasn’t played since tearing his ACL on January 27th.

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Rajon Rondo Has Torn ACL: Boston’s Point Guard is Done for the Season & the Celtics’ 5-Year Run is over

Rajon Rondo Has Torn ACL: Boston’s Point Guard is Done for the Season & the Celtics’ 5-Year Run is over

Rajon Rondo Has Torn ACL: Boston’s Point Guard is Done for the Season & the Celtics’ 5-Year Run is over

 

The Boston superstar Rajon Rondo has a torn ACL, and the NBA’s leader in assists is done for the season. This is a damaging blow to the Celtics, who are already below .500 (20-23 heading into Sunday’s game against Miami), and had hoped some offseason additions could push them toward one more run at the NBA Finals with an aging nucleus.

 

The initial report was a hyperextended knee, but tests showed the ACL tear, an injury that usually takes up to a year for recovery. A date for the surgery had not been scheduled as of Sunday afternoon, said team spokesman Brian Olive, who confirmed that Rondo’s season is finished.

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“Obviously the Rondo news is tough,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following Boston’s 100-98 double-overtime victory. “I knew before the game, but I didn’t tell anyone. Obviously it was pretty emotional.”

 

You can forget that. Not happening. Their 5-year run of success, powered by Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, is over. Let the rebuilding begin.

 

  • 2007-2008: NBA Champions, defeated LA
  • 2008-2009: Lost in Eastern Conference Semifinals (Orlando)
  • 2009-2010: Lost in NBA Finals (LA)
  • 2010-2011: Lost in Eastern Conference Semifinals (Miami)
  • 2011-2012: Lost in Eastern Conference Finals (Miami)

 

The big question now becomes: Who do you build around? Paul Pierce has two years left on his deal, what trade value does he have? Would a contender looking for a clutch scorer be interested? I’m sure someone will float Pierce for Rudy Gay, which would be interesting. Kevin Garnett turns 37 in May. Jeff Green and Brandon Bass are clearly complimentary players.

 

So the answer has to be Rondo, right? He only turns 27 in February and for a player of his caliber, has perhaps the best contract in the NBA ($12 million next year, $13 million in 2014-2015). But he’s also the best trade piece they have, and – before this injury – could have fetched them someone like Dwight Howard in a sign-and-trade.

 

[Information via Associated Press]

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