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Blake Griffin, Chris Paul wear ugly Christmas sweaters (Picture)

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Blake Griffin and Chris Paul closed out an exciting day of Christmas hoops on Tuesday the only way the NBA’s biggest superstars should — by wearing awesomely ugly Christmas sweaters. As you can see from the photo above that Dan Woike of the Orange County Register shared with us, CP3 and Griffin made it impossible to choose who was wearing the bigger eye sore.

The L.A. Clippers defeated the Denver Nuggets, 112-100, so Paul and Griffin were probably feeling extra comfy in their festive threads. In terms of overall Christmas spirit, I’m still going to have to give the nod to the FOX NFL broadcast crew for the amazing selections they made in holiday attire. You just can’t beat the sweater that Daryl Johnston was rocking.

Blake Griffin says T.O. was begging Clippers for a contract

Terrell Owens has always fancied himself an excellent basketball player. After struggling to find work as a professional football player, the 39-year-old unemployed wide receiver apparently was trying to convince the LA Clippers to give him a shot.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin was a guest on “The Dan Patrick Show” Tuesday and was asked which football players could play in the NBA. That’s how T.O.’s name came up.

“Well Terrell Owens — he was at our practice facility a lot this summer, begging coaches for a 10-day contract,” Griffin said.

Asked by Patrick if T.O. has game, Griffin answered, “He can play a little bit.”

Griffin also discussed his own football career. He says he played wide receiver, and that he wonders what he could have done in the sport. Griffin says he wishes he had played football a little longer, but he’s glad he chose basketball because it’s less physically demanding.

Even though most people will view this as a joke, or another desperate ploy for Owens to get work, it must be pointed out that T.O. does have a basketball background. He played basketball for three seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga while in college, and he won MVP in the Celebrity Basketball Game during the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend. He played in the United States Basketball League in 2002, and he even was offered a contract by the Atlanta Vision of the ABA in 2006.

Laugh at Owens all you want, but recognize that he is an exceptional athlete.

UPDATE: Owens’ publicist says T.O. never begged to play for the Clippers. “She adds It is not surprising that Terrell was at their practice facility this summer. One of his best friend’s, Jason Powell, is the head trainer for the Clippers.”

H/T Pro Football Talk

Blake Griffin critical of Vinny Del Negro after Clippers loss to the Hornets

After starting out the year with an 8-2 record, the Los Angeles Clippers have officially hit their first skid of the 2012-2013 season. Their loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night was their fourth straight, and some slight finger-pointing is already underway. Blake Griffin seemed to pin the blame on head coach Vinny Del Negro, while Del Negro thought Griffin and company were at fault.

According to the L.A. Daily News, Griffin felt as though the Clippers should have stuck with their game plan down the stretch against New Orleans instead of making too many adjustments.

“I think we tried to change some things, tried to change our schemes and some things we have been successful at and that hurt us,” he said. “I think we should play teams how we play every team. We made adjustments down the stretch when certain guys hurt us and I think we should have stuck with what we had been doing and what has made us successful.”

Del Negro, on the other hand, said he went with a small lineup because DeAndre Jordan and the rest of his big men were not getting it done. Griffin, who scored a season-low 4 points on 1-for-9 shooting, is one of those big bodies.

“(Jordan) wasn’t involved,” Del Negro said. “It wasn’t just ‘D.J.’ It was all of our big guys. They weren’t active. They weren’t physical. They didn’t set the tone for us from the start. It’s not just one guy. It’s everybody.”

Hopefully a home game against the 6-7 Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night can get L.A. back on track. We wouldn’t want a divide between head coach and his superstars this early in the year.

H/T SLAM Online

David Lee to Blake Griffin: Stop flopping! (Video)

Blake Griffin takes his share of abuse each game, but he also has a reputation for acting and overselling contact. Perhaps it’s his defense mechanism against the pounding he takes. During Saturday’s Clippers-Warriors game, Golden State forward David Lee decided he’d had enough.

As you can see in the video above, Lee yelled at Griffin to “stop flopping” during the fourth quarter of the game. Lee had pushed Griffin out of the key, and then gave him a forearm shove to the back, so he certainly seemed to initiate the contact, and it really didn’t seem like Griffin was acting on the play.

The Warriors won the game 114-110, so if you subscribe to the “ball don’t lie” notion, then you know who the real culprit was. This also isn’t the first time he’s been warned about flopping.

Chest bump to Game On!

Zach Randolph takes down Blake Griffin on dirty play (Video)

The beef between Zach Randolph and Blake Griffin that was evident during the playoffs last season carried over into the 2012-2013 season.

Randolph and Griffin tussled several times while going for rebounds during the season-opening game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. In the play seen above, Randolph just took down Griffin during the fourth quarter and then tried to make it seem like he was innocent. As you can see in the video, he was the perpetrator and just about tackled the Clippers forward.

The two tangled on the previous play and received double-technical fouls, setting the stage for that takedown from Z-bo. As bad as the play seen above was, it might not even be the dirtiest act Randolph has committed with Griffin.

Take a look at these two plays from their playoff series last season. This was from Game 4 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series last season:

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Blake Griffin interrogates DirecTV, Viacom over channel dispute

DirecTV and Viacom are in the middle of a dispute that has kept Viacom channels from appearing in the DirecTV lineup for eight days and counting. The dispute has been a hassle for anyone who enjoys watching shows on Comedy Central, MTV, Nick, or any of the other Viacom channels. That even means Blake Griffin, who has extra time on his couch now that he’s rehabbing a knee injury.

The Clippers all-star decided to investigate the matter on Wednesday:

DirecTV showed some excellent customer relations and responded to Griffin:

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Blake Griffin’s dunks at Team USA basketball practice were sick (Video)

This just in: Blake Griffin is a ridiculous dunker. From throwing down on Kendrick Perkins to teabagging Timofey Mozgov, the Clippers All-Star has shown us several times over how powerful of a dunker he is. Team USA basketball practice was no different for the young stud. In the video above, Griffin throws down a sick dunk off a bounce off the wall. Below, watch Griffin pull off the “Eastbay” dunk:

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