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April 15, 2014 Updates

The interviewer asks Griffin if he really thinks the Earth is only 6,000 years old, to which Griffin replies, rather hilariously: I don't want to do the math, but somewhere around there. Now, Griffin is known to be a very witty guy who possesses a dry sense of humor, so it's entirely possible that he was just joking. We really, really hope he was joking. Deadspin.com

He should have a number of suitors on the open market. The Knicks can sign him to a five-year contract worth $129,135,806. If he signs with another team, the maximum he can get is $95,897,372 over four years. The Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are among a group of teams expected to pursue him this summer. ESPN.com

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At 16 he was averaging 25 points a game against professional and college players in Doug Christie's summer league. By the time his high school season started, word had spread that there was a phenom at Rainier Beach High. SuperSonics stars Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp were regulars at his games. "He changed the face of high school basketball in the state of Washington," Bethea said. "There was just something special about Jamal when he was playing. Wherever he played, the gyms were packed. Everybody heard about him and wanted to come out and watch. "There's not a kid who comes through Seattle now who doesn't try and have a little of Jamal's flair in their game." ESPN.com

It seemed as if he was destined for superstardom, and well on his way to it when he was drafted eighth overall in 2000. But the Bulls never really played him. Crawford averaged just 4.6 points in 17.2 minutes a game as a rookie. He tore his ACL working out with Michael Jordan the summer after his rookie season and played just 23 games the following year. Then in successive drafts, the Bulls took point guards Jay Williams from Duke and Kirk Hinrich from Kansas. Crawford played alongside them, but there was never a comfortable fit. "That was tough, and I was immature at handling it all," Crawford said. "'Here we are, we're not the best team anyway, and I'm one of the top picks, why aren't you playing me?'" ESPN.com

Crawford said he actually prefers that role now. "I like the fact that when I check in the game, the other players start getting nervous," he said. "The other team gets nervous. I like that." ESPN.com

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Erase the name "David Stern" and the phrase "basketball reasons" from your memory bank. Grab a stack of oversized Cliff Paul heads from the State Farm commercials and hold them over your heads while marching down Santa Monica Boulevard. Move on. For some reason, it still isn't happening. "I thought the city would have embraced him," Clippers forward Blake Griffin said of Paul. "I mean, it seems like everywhere we go, people love Chris. I don't know why he would get booed at a Dodger game." Los Angeles Times

April 6, 2014 Updates

Last week in Houston, that old crusty duo of Doc Rivers and Glen Davis clashed again when a heated Davis was removed from the game. He yelled something at Rivers, who yelled something back and then instructed team security to escort Davis to the locker room, ending his evening. Davis played four minutes the next game and 10 each of the next two games. He is playing about 12 minutes per contest since joining the Clippers in January and averaging a career-low 3.4 points. Davis signed a two-year deal with a player option for next season at the league minimum. He is much better than the league minimum and will sign somewhere else as a free agent. Boston Globe

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 23 points apiece, and the Los Angeles Clippers hung another rout on the Lakers, winning 120-97 Sunday to take three of four games this season from their beleaguered Staples Center co-tenants. It wasn't quite the blowout of the Clippers' previous two wins — 48 points on March 6 and 36 points on Jan. 10 — but they were easily in command as the designated home team. J.J. Redick added 15 points and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacific Division-winning Clippers, who improved to 32-6 at home. USA Today Sports

ESPN.com's FiveThirtyEight recently revealed that the Lakers were the most searched for NBA team on Google in the last decade by a landslide. The Clippers were 16th. "I don't think you change anything in one year," D'Antoni explained. "The Lakers have been the most dominant thing the last 50-60 years. That doesn't erase overnight, either. It would be a long (process), and I don't think it will ever erase. That's just the way it is. The Lakers are always going to be special and hopefully can get back there sooner than later." ESPN.com

When Chris Paul was shown on the big screen at Dodger Stadium on Friday during the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener against the San Francisco Giants, he was booed louder than any Giants player on the field. The reception didn’t come as a surprise to Paul, who smiled while being jeered and playing an in-stadium trivia game with Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford. ESPN.com

“I expected it,” Paul said on Saturday. “When they came and asked me to that thing with Carl Crawford, I said they were going to boo the life out of me. I told Cat (Belanger, the Dodgers’ broadcast and entertainment coordinator). She’s been there every time that I’ve been there for games and she was like, ‘It’s cool.’” Paul was booed last season when he threw out the first pitch to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp along with his four-year-old son, Chris. “The craziest one is when I had ‘Little Chris’ with me,” Paul said. “But he didn’t know what was going on. Now if I take him he’ll know what’s going on.” ESPN.com

April 5, 2014 Updates

By the way, for their sake, I sure hope Erman wasn't the guy assigned the Clippers advance-prep work all season, though I think there's a good chance he was. If he did the prep work, most of it is probably gone with his firing, right in time for the probable first-round matchup with ... the Clippers. Oops. Contra Costa Times

April 4, 2014 Updates

Another of the wounded is reserve forward Danny Granger, who would miss his fourth game in a row with a bum hamstring. “Yeah, especially with us because it literally is a factor right now,” Rivers said, when asked if getting healthy was one of his concerns as the playoffs near. “We have a lot of guys out. We’re going to play J.J. on a limited basis today. Jamal’s out, I think, for a while and I think Danny’s out for a while. “I’d be surprised if we saw either one of them before the playoffs.” Los Angeles Daily News

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