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Lou Williams says he will be with Clippers for rest of his career

Lou Williams

The Underground GOAT has finally found a home with the LA Clippers, and he is there to stay.

Appearing Friday on ESPN’s “WYD?” with Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner Lou Williams said that he would be spending the rest of his career with the Clippers.

“I was at a place in my career where I thought I was done,” he said. “[Head coach] Doc [Rivers] and the rest of the guys rejuvenated me again and gave me that confidence that I needed to move forward in my career. I’ve had the best years of my career with the Clippers.

“This is it,” added Williams. “Listen, all teams out there — I’m not playing for anybody else after this.”

The 33-year-old Williams, who is signed through the 2020-21 season, also said in the interview that he believes he has four more high-level years left.

Williams came to the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul trade in 2017, marking the third time that he had been traded in as many years. During his time with them however, he has blossomed into arguably the best bench player in the entire NBA and cemented his reputation as a professional bucket-getter.

The 15-year NBA veteran has also featured heavily in some of the Clippers’ biggest moments in recent seasons, so a ride off into the warm Los Angeles sunset at the end of his career would certainly be a fitting one for Williams.

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Clippers buy The Forum in Inglewood from MSG for $400 million

Steve Ballmer Clippers

The LA Clippers’ plan to build a new arena in Inglewood is moving forward.

The Clippers announced on Tuesday that they have purchased The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. from Madison Square Garden for $400 million in cash. The deal is expected to close next quarter (some time between April-June).

As part of the agreement, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer plans to keep The Forum operating as a music venue and extend job offers to those who currently work for The Forum.

Ballmer plans to build a new arena that would be just for the Clippers, compared to the past 21 years where they’ve shared Staples Center in Los Angeles with the Lakers.

The billionaire owner is investing in his team and the local community, doing what he can to make the Clippers a premier brand.

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Steve Ballmer nearing deal to purchase The Forum in Inglewood

Steve Ballmer Clippers

The LA Clippers are about to clear one major roadblock in their efforts to build a new arena complex.

ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz reported Sunday that Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is in advanced talks to purchase The Forum in Inglewood, which is currently owned by Madison Square Garden Co. Ballmer and the city of Inglewood have been embroiled in a messy legal battle with MSG Co. for the last two years over Ballmer’s parcel of land, which sits roughly a mile away from The Forum and upon which he has planned to build a new home arena for the Clippers.

Arvovitz adds that selling The Forum, the old home of the Los Angeles Lakers and now one of the biggest concert venues in the state, proved to be the path of least resistance for both sides, which have already spent tens of millions of dollars in legal fees. The Forum will also continue to operate until a Clippers arena is fully constructed.

The Clippers’ current lease at Staples Center expires in 2024, and Ballmer has been vocal about his desire to have the team forge their own path with their own arena instead of continuing to share one with the Lakers. The plans for the new complex in Inglewood are pretty grandiose, and having The Forum under their control will definitely make the Clippers’ lives a lot easier.

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Isaiah Thomas traded to Clippers as part of Marcus Morris deal

Isaiah Thomas Wizards

The Los Angeles Clippers had a huge offseason that saw them land Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but they did not stand pat at the trade deadline on Thursday.

The trade that is sending Marcus Morris from the New York Knicks to the Clippers is actually a three-team deal involving the Washington Wizards. Isaiah Thomas has also been traded to LA, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. However, David Aldridge of The Athletic reports that the Clippers do not plan to keep Thomas on their roster.

The Knicks get Maurice Harkless and a 2020 first-round pick in the deal, and Jerome Robinson will go to the Wizards.

Thomas averaged 12.2 in points while playing 23.1 minutes per game in Washington. He has converted 41.3 percent of his three-point attempts, which is a career high.

Thomas was suspended for two games earlier this season after he went into the stands to confront a fan in Philadelphia. He was then fined not long after that for making inappropriate contact with a referee.

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Marcus Morris traded by Knicks to Clippers for Moe Harkless

The Los Angeles Clippers have made a move at the trade deadline that should help them defensively, acquiring Marcus Morris from the New York Knicks.

The Knicks and Clippers are finalizing a deal that will see them swap Morris and fellow swingman Maurice Harkless, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Other players and picks could also be involved.

In addition to being a solid defender, Morris is having his best season as a pro offensively, as he is averaging a career-high 19.6 points per game. Harkless has averaged 5.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while playing 22.8 minutes per game.

Several teams were interested in acquiring Morris, and the Knicks also had discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers about a potential deal involving Morris and Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers reportedly informed New York on Thursday that they were no longer interested.

Clippers working on Marcus Morris trade with Knicks

The Los Angeles Clippers are looking to make at least one significant move in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline, and Marcus Morris is a player they are targeting.

The Clippers have been in talks with the New York Knicks about a possible trade involving Morris, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Mo Harkless, Mfiondu Kabengele and Terrence Mann are players who have been discussed in the deal.

As Charania notes, the Knicks had discussed a possible Kyle Kuzma deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that involved Morris, but New York has been informed that is not going to happen.

Morris is having his best season as a pro with the Knicks from a scoring standpoint, averaging 19.6 points per game. The Clippers have been searching for ways to improve defensively, and Morris could certainly help in that department.

Morris recently found himself in hot water when he made some negative comments about women following a skirmish with Jae Crowder and the Memphis Grizzlies. The 30-year-old has since issued an apology on Twitter.

Paul George thinks Clippers are set at trade deadline

Paul George

The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly looking to make at least one significant move before Thursday’s trade deadline, but Paul George does not believe they have to.

George told reporters after the Clippers’ win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday that he believes his team’s locker room is “in a good place.” He also said he hopes the roster remains the same down the stretch.

Even after a massive offseason that saw them acquire George and Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers are still exploring ways to improve. They are 35-15 and have the second-best record in the Western Conference, but there have been questions about how their frontcourt will match up against that of the Lakers in a seven-game series.

While the Clippers will be fine if they don’t make any big moves, there have been indications that they are expected to acquire a wing or a big. Maurice Harkless is one player who could be moved if they make a deal.

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Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center

Kobe Bryant jersey Clippers

The LA Clippers on Thursday hosted their first game since Kobe Bryant died on Sunday. They decided to honor Bryant appropriately.

The Clippers play at Staples Center in Los Angeles and share the arena with the Lakers. When the Clippers host games, they typically cover the Lakers’ retired jerseys.

On Thursday, they left Bryant’s jerseys uncovered as a tribute to the late legend.

You can see the rest of the jerseys remained covered.

The Clippers and Lakers were supposed to play on Tuesday with the Lakers as the home team. The NBA postponed the game, believing players were not ready to play. The Lakers’ first game since Bryant’s death will be on Friday at home against Portland.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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Jerry West stopped Kobe Bryant from signing with Clippers

Jerry West

Jerry West shared a story on Tuesday about Kobe Bryant that may leave many people surprised.

West was part of a panel that spoke on TNT Tuesday night for an hour-long special in tribute to Kobe Bryant. West acquired Kobe in a draft-day trade and believed from the start that Bryant was going to become the best player in the NBA. West had an extremely close relationship with Bryant and said he felt like a father to Kobe for a few years.

During the TNT program, West even shared that he actually stopped Kobe from signing with the rival Clippers.

“I’ve never really mentioned this to anyone. He was going to come and sign with the Clippers, who I’m now involved with as a consultant. I told him ‘Kobe, under no circumstances can you do this.’ And he was mad at everyone with the Lakers — the owner, everyone else. I said, ‘Kobe, you can’t go play with the Clippers. You can’t go play for that owner. Period.’

“We had two conversations about it, and he supposedly made a commitment to the Clippers, and after the last one, we talked last time.”

This story occurred during the summer of 2004. West was president of the Memphis Grizzlies at the time, and Bryant’s Lakers had just lost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.

Phil Jackson did not return as the team’s coach after that Finals loss, and Shaq demanded a trade and was sent to the Miami Heat.

Bryant, who signed a 7-year deal with the Lakers, acknowledged at the time that he chose the Lakers over the Clippers.

“I could see myself playing for the Clippers. Ultimately, it was in my heart to play for the Lakers,” he said at the time.

An Associated Press article from 2004 also stated that West advised Bryant.

“He tried to help me as best as he could,” Bryant said of West. “He’s always been a great mentor to me. Jerry said it’s his feeling I should be a Laker for life.”

Bryant ended up spending his entire career with the Lakers, which is the only way it should have been. West played a role in that, and fans can thank him for helping to ensure that happened. And how prescient was West for saying Kobe shouldn’t play for Donald Sterling, given what later came out?

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe Bryant

Tuesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers will not be played as scheduled in response to the death of Kobe Bryant.

The league announced Monday that the game, which would have been the Lakers’ first since Bryant’s death, has been postponed and will be played at a later date yet to be determined. That decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Lakers players simply are not ready to play right now.

The Lakers’ next scheduled game would be Friday at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.

We have not heard much from the Lakers since Bryant’s death, and that is understandable. Every organization is suffering from Bryant’s loss, but none moreso than theirs. You only need to see how LeBron James was doing after the team flight landed to know that these players just aren’t in any condition to talk to the media or play a basketball game right now. They will do so in due course.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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Join our Facebook group
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