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March 20, 2015 Updates

Not only is Jordan getting acknowledgement from his peers and coaches but he is also in line to get a max contract this offseason and said he plans to sign a long-term deal instead of taking a one-year deal despite the fact that the salary cap will take a big jump for the 2016-17 season. “I’m not going to be greedy and sign a one-year deal,” Jordan said. “Nah. I’m just focused on getting it over with and focusing on playing again. I'm just trying to win here." ESPN.com

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today they have signed forward Jordan Hamilton for the remainder of the season. Hamilton appeared in eight games (two starts) for the Clippers averaging 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 9.6 minutes. NBA.com

The Clippers are down to the final 13 games of the regular season, are in a Western Conference cage match just to get home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, and their leading scorer and All-Star power forward has pain in his shooting arm. "It's still not there," Griffin said of the recovery. "I've still got a ways to go." NBA.com

Hedo Turkoglu enjoyed the kind of night many haven’t seen from the veteran forward in a while, a game reminiscent of his younger days spent with Sacramento. He scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, making five 3-pointers to help the Clippers beat the Kings, 116-105. “It’s always nice to go out and do something that helps your team win a game, Turkoglu said. “You feel like you’re a part of the team. You try to keep yourself ready and when you go out there, you play as hard as you can and try to win games.” Orange County Register

March 19, 2015 Updates

A fan himself, Turkoglu keeps tabs on the Kings. So when news broke that the franchise hired Vlade Divac, his former teammate, to be Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations on March 3, it elicited an emotional response. “I want to congratulate Mr. V (Vivek Ranadive) about hiring Vlade,” Turkoglu said in the visitor’s locker room. “Vlade did a lot of good things for this organization and this city. So you know, he was the right guy to be hired. He knows the city, he knows the people, and I think he’ll help this organization to get to the right track, to where it was before, and hopefully, it will be sooner than people expect. I wish him luck and hopefully things will turn around.” Cowbell Kingdom

Turkoglu also wished to dispel the notion that Divac’s hire was for public relations purposes, and not for basketball reasons. “First of all, he knows about basketball. He knows European players’ game, and he’ll bring some players here. Him being European doesn’t mean he’s going to bring all Europeans here. He’ll try to find the right one that knows how to play and fit in the organization. Geoff Petrie was like that, when they brought me, Peja and Vlade, and now Casspi’s here. There’s a lot of good players out there and I think Vlade will find the right one.” Cowbell Kingdom

Be honest – do you yearn for the days of Blake Griffin dunk gifs? Do you miss guys in Clippers’ jerseys dunking on people and debating whether or not those dunks were, in fact, actually dunks? Or are you fine with the New World where DeAndre Jordan does weird stuff everyday? Are you better off than you were four years ago? Do you wish you had re-elected Blake Griffin’s health and KIA commercials? Why did you change horses midstream? If you had stuck with #teamblake we’d be looking at a dunk right now instead of DeAndre Jordan barking during the Clippers win over the Kings. The Big Lead

Technically speaking, the Clippers are among the biggest offenders in the NBA. Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan rank among the league leaders in technical fouls, which could have ramifications beyond sending the other team to the free-throw line. "At the end of the day they're human too," Austin Rivers said of referees, "so if it's a 50-50 call, do we get it? Probably not right now because they don't like us." Griffin intimated that he came out on the wrong end of a controversial charging call in the final minute of the Clippers' loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday, though the NBA reviewed the play and said the call was correct. Los Angeles Times

Griffin appeared to direct some harsh words at officials on his way off the court and his teammates continued to feel aggrieved a few days later. "When it comes down to a call, we're not getting it like you saw against Houston," Rivers said. "Those little calls like that … I mean, that's a terrible call." Doc Rivers acknowledged his team needed to restrain itself for reasons beyond player-referee relations. "Forget about the ref part," Rivers said, "I think it allows you to have better focus on your job and I think when you're spending your job on [complaining], there's a chance you're going to miss an ATO [after timeout play] or you're not going to execute properly, maybe not be in the right spot defensively because you lose your focus." Los Angeles Times

March 18, 2015 Updates
March 17, 2015 Updates

In a chat with Amick, DeAndre Jordan discusses his chase of Wilt Chamberlain’s field goal percentage record and how his team, the Los Angeles Clippers don’t necessarily have a headstart in the race for his services. “I mean I’ve obviously been here seven years, and the past two have been great,” he said. “Doc (Clippers coach Doc Rivers) has been my biggest supporter and the best coach I’ve ever had. The team is great. The guys are great. We have great camaraderie. But the free agency process is definitely going to be a fun one.” For The Win

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed guard Nate Robinson to a second 10-day contract. He has averaged 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in five games. The nine-year NBA veteran has had stints with New York, Boston, Oklahoma City, Golden State, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. USA Today Sports

March 16, 2015 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN CLIPPERS HISTORY

Modern-day Clippers like Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are among the all-time best players in franchise history.

   

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