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Clippers turn their shirts inside-out during warmups

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Despite owner Donald Sterling potentially being exposed as an idiotic racist over the weekend, the Los Angeles Clippers still had a game to play against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. Rather than boycotting the game like they were reportedly considering, the team made an extremely loud statement with its choice in clothing during pregame warmups.

According to ESPN’s Arash Markazi, the Clippers players took the floor at Oracle Arena and gathered at center court to take off their Clippers warmup jackets and throw them in a pile. They also wore their warmup shirts inside out so that no team logo was displayed.

The powerful message spoke for itself.

Photo: Twitter/Arash Markazi

Roy Hibbert is hearing that Andrew Bynum wants to go to Clippers or Heat

Andrew BynumThe Cleveland Cavaliers are going to have a difficult time trading Andrew Bynum before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. From the sound of it, there are very few — if any — teams in the NBA that have interest in rostering the 26-year-old center. And why would they? Bynum has a team-friendly contract, but it’s pretty clear he does not care about winning.

The Cavs have reportedly had discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat about potential trades involving Bynum. However, both the Lakers and Bulls would likely waive Bynum to free salary cap space if they acquired him. According to Roy Hibbert, Bynum is interested in going elsewhere.

Hibbert, who has become quite the jokester this season, was probably just taking a shot at Bynum. I can’t imagine the Heat would want to poison their championship locker room with a turd who laughs when his team loses.

It’s also worth noting that NBA rules forbid players and coaches from discussing trades involving players who are under contract with other teams, so Hibbert is flirting with tampering. If it means mocking Bynum, it’s well worth it.

Warriors-Clippers fight during and after game (Video)

Warriors ClippersThere is a heated rivalry developing between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, and that was evident when the teams played on Wednesday night.

Two players were ejected for incidents during the game, and the teams had a scuffle at the end of the game that continued by the locker rooms.

Early in the fourth quarter, Warriors forward Draymond Green was ejected for throwing an elbow at Blake Griffin. Video of that is below:

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Lamar Odom reportedly drawing interest from Lakers, Clippers

Lamar OdomLamar Odom has insisted that his NBA career is not over, and the 34-year-old may wind up being right about that. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly expressed interest in bringing Odom back.

According to Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPNLosAngeles.com, both LA teams would consider signing Odom if he can show that his turbulent personal life has settled down. As you know, various gossip outlets have claimed Odom has a serious drug and alcohol problem and has been hanging around places like Beacher’s Madhouse getting hammered.

During a recent interview — albeit a very bizarre one — Odom claimed he has been working out and could play right now if the opportunity arose. Sources reportedly told ESPN.com that neither the Lakers nor the Clippers have had recent contact with Odom’s camp aside from checking up on the status of his personal affairs. Both teams would want to “carefully” evaluate the situation before extending a contract offer.

Earlier this week, a report indicated that Bruce Jenner has been mentoring Odom and that Lamar is currently clean and sober. Given the nature of some of the disturbing rumors we have heard about the 14-year veteran, we’d certainly love to see him clean up his act and return to basketball.

Clippers reportedly refuse to hold chapel with Warriors before game

Doc RiversThere is very little love lost between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Both California teams are likely to make the playoffs and may even contend for the Western Conference championship, so you can understand why the players on either side may not be best friends with one another. That being said, bad blood is usually pushed aside when it comes to gathering for prayer.

Most NBA teams gather for chapel and pray together before games. After all, basketball is just a game. But according to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times, the Clippers refused to hold chapel with the Warriors on Thursday. Instead, the Clippers held their own prayer service.

“Man, they don’t want to have chapel with us?” a team source reportedly said. “I never heard that before, but OK.”

As Thompson pointed out, there were a number of incidents during the four times LA and Golden State faced off last year that fueled what has become a budding rivalry. As you may remember, the Clippers bench clowned Blake Griffin pretty hard during one game after he bricked a three-pointer.

You have to wonder if there is more to this story. For one thing, Doc Rivers wasn’t even with the Clippers last season. He typically has shown the utmost respect for opponents and is considered one of the more classy coaches in basketball. If LA chose not to hold chapel with their opponents, it’d be tough to believe the decision came from Doc.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Magic Johnson defends Clippers for covering Lakers’ banners

Magic Johnson Nate Robinson PredictionMagic Johnson on Thursday defended the Los Angeles Clippers’ decision to begin covering up the Lakers’ championship banners and retired jerseys inside Staples Center when they host games.

News emerged last week that the Clippers would begin covering the Lakers (and Kings) banners inside Staples Center for their home games in order to make it more of a home atmosphere. New Clippers coach Doc Rivers is the one who came up with the idea.

Magic, whose jersey is retired by the Lakers and hanging in Staples Center, said on Twitter Thursday that he has no problem with what the Clippers are doing.

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Nick Young: Clippers would be ‘disrespectful’ to cover up Lakers’ banners

Nick-Young-Wizards-Not-Top-10Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young may be new to the team, but he is already publicly displaying his Laker pride. Doc Rivers recently revealed that he intends to cover up the Lakers’ banners inside the Staples Center on nights when the Clippers have a home game there. Young doesn’t think he should be allowed to do that.

Young, a former Clipper, apparently doesn’t care that Rivers noted that he isn’t try to be disrespectful toward the Lakers. Instead, Doc said he wants to have more banners of his own players hanging from the rafters on game nights. Young is against it.

“We got to talk to Doc,” Young told reporters on Sunday, via Inside the Lakers. “He can’t have that. We have to do something about that .That’s a lot of pull ya’ll are giving Doc. He shouldn’t come and have that much pull. He should come and earn his keep.”

While Rivers has earned respect as an NBA head coach for his title run with the Boston Celtics in 2008, Young feels he is asking an awful lot for a coach who has yet to win anything in LA.

“But he didn’t win no title in L.A,” Young added. “That’s where it’s at. Look at all these banners in here. You can’t shadow those up.”

In Doc’s defense, Young’s opinion is not one that is shared among his teammates. Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and even Mike D’Antoni all said they felt Rivers should be able to do what he wants with the arena on nights where the Clippers are the home team. They even admitted that they would not want to look at another team’s accomplishments during their games, either.

Personally, I don’t feel that it’s disrespectful at all. Fans who go to see the Clippers play probably don’t want to look at Lakers championship banners. They deserve some true home games, as do the Lakers. If it’s something that’s doable, it should be done.