Five Things To Watch: Los Angeles Clippers

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Talk about a fresh start … When the freshness starts in the ownership suite — or his courtside seat, as may be the case here, it is truly a new beginning. After a determined and gutty yet ultimately unsuccessful run in the 2014 postseason, the Los Angeles Clippers entered the offseason with a ton of questions regarding the future of their franchise. Although the Donald Sterling story died down a bit nationally a week or so after the initial TMZ audiotapes were released in

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Clippers interim CEO has background in business, politics

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Three days after announcing that Clippers CEO and longtime Donald Sterling crony Andy Roeser would be taking an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA on Friday named his replacement, a black man with a long history of success in both business and politics. Effective immediately, Dick Parsons is the interim CEO of the Clippers, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced. Parsons will oversee the business side of the Clippers, who are still very much alive in the NBA playoffs. “I believe the hiring

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Clippers President Andy Roeser to Take Indefinite Leave

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Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser, who was hired 30 years ago by disgraced owner Donald Sterling, will be taking an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA announced Tuesday. Only Sterling and announcer Ralph Lawler have been with the Clippers longer than Roeser, who was hired in 1984 when the franchise moved from San Diego to Los Angeles and became president in 1986. Roeser served as alternate governor for the Clippers, filling in for Sterling when the owner was not available for

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Mark Jackson out as Warriors coach

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Mark Jackson is out as coach of the Golden State Warriors, creating a plum vacancy. Jackson met Tuesday morning with management, and both the San Jose Mercury News and Yahoo! Sports reported he would be let go. The team later made it official. Jackson spent three seasons with the Warriors, his first coaching job of any kind after a successful run as an analyst for ABC/ESPN. Golden State made the playoffs each of the last two seasons under Jackson, its first consecutive

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Bernucca: Clippers Captain is Back, But the Ship Ran Just Fine Without CP3

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Chris Paul returned to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. We don’t want to be party-poopers, but it probably should be pointed out that the Clippers were better without him. This does not mean that GM Gary Sacks should start exploring trade possibilities for a top-five player. And it doesn’t mean that coach Doc Rivers should go with the hot hand at point guard at the end of games. But it does mean that if the Clippers want to win a championship this

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Bernucca: Memo to Mitch Kupchak: Stop Haggling and Start Tanking

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Mitch Kupchak shouldn’t be playing hardball.  In his desire to trade Pau Gasol, the GM of the Los Angeles Lakers should not have insisted on receiving Dion Waiters or a first-round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nobody has overpaid for a rental since Ernie Grunfeld sent Ray Allen to Seattle for Gary Payton — and that was a long time ago. Kupchak should have lowered his demands to match the team’s expectations. The Lakers are done for this season and should be

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Eric Bledsoe Has Sprained Knee, Out At Least a Week

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Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has a sprained right knee and will miss at least a week. The Suns made the announcement Saturday. If Bledsoe sits out just one week, he will miss games Saturday vs. Milwaukee and the first three games of a five-game road trip – Tuesday at Chicago, Wednesday at Minnesota and Friday at Memphis. Bledsoe was a late scratch from Thursday’s home loss to Memphis with the injury, which left at least one NBA gambler unhappy. The Suns are

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NBA Admits Griffin Shouldn’t Have Been Ejected

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The NBA admitted Thursday that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from Wednesday’s LA Clippers-Golden State game. “After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement. “A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut

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