On the Clippers and Getting Bumped by Golf
I got bumped because of golf. I recorded a segment for this week's Going Roggin that airs on NBC4 at midnight on Sunday. But my little "Jimmy in Distress" segment got bumped because they were airing a very special episode at the conclusion of the US Open. So instead of my segment, they talked about golf. Here's my segment on telling Chris Paul to grow a pair:
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Well the word is that Chris Paul has gotten over what Donald T. Sterling said to TJ Simers, and after what happened on Saturday, he should feel sufficiently satisfied the Clippers are doing what it takes to be champions.
Shit damn near hit the fan on Saturday for the Clippers according to Broderick Turner of the LA Times. When we woke up Saturday morning, the Clippers and the Boston Celtics were in talks to send head coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles. The deal hit a snag when Boston insisted point guard Eric Bledsoe is part of the deal and is at an impasse.
The Clippers offered center DeAndre Jordan and a first-round pick for either this year or next year and won't budge.
Another report bubbled while all of this was going on where the Lakers were going to do a sign-and-trade with the Clippers for Dwight Howard. That is not and never sounded like it was going to happen, so we can eliminate that thought.
Several things struck me.
1. People want to be a part of the Clippers. As recently as a couple of seasons ago, no one wanted to be a part of this mess. Chauncey Billups even told the Clippers that he would rather retire than play one minute for them. Chris Paul talked him out of that.
Now both Rivers and Garnett want to be a part of the team. Now that the Chris Paul-Blake Griffin has be greased along, now that the team has won 56 games, now that they have made the playoffs in consecutive seasons, the Clippers are actually a desirable place despite being owned by one of the more odious owners in Donald T. Sterling.
2. Sterling is going to pay money? For the longest time Sterling refused to pony up the money on the players. He's started to do that mostly because the collective bargaining agreement makes it harder for him to make money while fielding a team on the cheap. He's been stingy about coaches also.
Rivers had $21 million over three years left in his contract with Boston, and I hardly believe he would take less money to be further away from his family. So Sterling was actually going to give away more of his money?
3. Boston wanted Jordan. DeAndre Jordan averaged eight points and seven rebounds this past season. The 24-year old will make around $23 million in the final two years of his contract. For a center whose free throw percentage is 42 percent, that contract is usually hard to move. So Boston wanted that?
With the talks dead, it sounds like the Clippers are fine with former Lakers and current Pacers assistant Brian Shaw or former Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins. Regardless it sounds like they will announce a hire this week.
It just seems odd that the Clippers are trying to act like a credible NBA team after being laughing stocks for so long. I'm waiting for them to show their true colors and revert to their clown selves.
But maybe they have turned a new leaf?
By the way besides the stupid baskets they put in the place of flags at the US Open, the biggest talk of Sunday was this:
This is why heterosexual men should never dress themselves. I can't believe I got bumped by this shit.