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October 17, 2014 Updates

Blake Griffin: Of course, he tried to spin it that way. After we beat Golden State, Sterling did the infamous interview with Anderson Cooper. Thankfully, commissioner Adam Silver had already taken quick action to ban him from the NBA for life. I was sitting in the trainer’s room getting treatment with Chris Paul during the Oklahoma City series when the interview came on the TV. Sterling looked at Cooper with no irony whatsoever and said, “Ask the players. My players love me!” CP and I looked at one another from across the room and just tried our best not to laugh. We were hoping after Silver’s decision that it was over, but the circus wouldn’t end. The first question I got asked at my locker the next day by a reporter was, “Blake, do you love Donald Sterling?” The Players' Tribune

October 16, 2014 Updates

Forward Joe Ingles, who is trying to make this Clippers team, is from Australia and he speaks with a heavy accent. Coach Doc Rivers on Thursday was asked if he sometimes has difficulty making out what Ingles says. Rivers had some fun with his reply. “There are times because, it’s English, I think, right?” Doc Rivers said, drawing laughs from reporters at the team’s training headquarters in Playa Vista. “But it’s English spoken from Australia. So, yeah, there is clearly things … and I guarantee you, there are things I say that he doesn’t understand. It’s a two-way street. And I would think that would be to his advantage. If he doesn’t understand everything I say, it would probably make him a better person, for sure.” Los Angeles Daily News

My feeling, right or wrong, was that we should shut it all out and go out and play for our fans, our families, and for each other. For people to ever think we were playing for Donald Sterling is comical. It wasn’t like before the tape came out, we were putting our hands in before every game and saying, “Okay guys, let’s go out and win one for Donald!” Of course, he tried to spin it that way. After we beat Golden State, Sterling did the infamous interview with Anderson Cooper. Thankfully, commissioner Adam Silver had already taken quick action to ban him from the NBA for life. I was sitting in the trainer’s room getting treatment with Chris Paul during the Oklahoma City series when the interview came on the TV. The Players' Tribune

It was the same conversation with every group of people. When he would start having a one-on-one conversation with someone, I’d try to slip away, and he’d reach back and paw my hand without even breaking eye contact with the person. Whenever he didn’t have anything left to say, he just turned around and walked us over to the next group. “… Have you met our newest star?” It went on like this forever. At one point, a guy who had clearly been to a bunch of these parties turned to me and said, “Just keep smiling, man. It’ll all be over soon.” The Players' Tribune

Steve Ballmer was pretty excited at the first fan rally after he took over the team. He was jumping around, high-fiving fans, giving us chest bumps. The media and the Internet ran with this. They tried to turn him into a joke. Ballmer was everywhere. People cut up his speech into a montage and put it on YouTube. All the players thought it was awesome. Personally, I love that kind of crazy. Ballmer wants to win no matter the cost. Donald Sterling didn’t care if we won — at least if it meant he had to spend money. It wasn’t just about spending money on players. For years, our training staff wanted to buy this sophisticated computer software that would let them scan our bodies and keep track of our progress throughout the season. Sterling wouldn’t sign off on it. The Players' Tribune

Barnes showed up in shorts, a white tank top and his usual array of tattoos, prompting quizzical looks. But he quickly made friends and even received a few pointers from his more seasoned classmates. His yoga and an improved diet that involved eating heartier but smarter helped Barnes lose 18 pounds. At 210 pounds, the veteran of 11 NBA seasons is the lightest he's been since he was a junior in high school. He will probably still play the heavy in any on-court scrapes involving his teammates, but Barnes knew he was reaching the point of his career in which he needed to carry less weight and improve his flexibility. Los Angeles Times

October 14, 2014 Updates

The night before Game 6 of the 2014 Thunder-Clippers series in May, Durant went to a bible study at a church he helped found in Los Angeles. Watson happened to be speaking at the church that night. "He heard me talk about the bible and about family life, so we interacted," Watson said. "Then I said, 'hey, why don't you give me your shoes after the game? It'd be funny.'" Watson immediately regretted the request. "As soon as I said it, I was like "'if somebody did that to me at The Masters, I would be so mad,'" Watson said. "But I guess if it's the right person." Little did Watson know, Durant took him seriously, walking right up to him after the game and handing him the shoes on the court. Oklahoman

October 13, 2014 Updates
October 12, 2014 Updates

Chris Paul wasn’t happy with the defense played by his team during its 112-94 loss to visiting Golden State on Tuesday in an exhibition opener. It wasn’t surprising, then, to hear Paul’s response Saturday morning when he was asked what he’d like to see from his team when it plays Sunday at Portland (6 p.m., Prime Ticket). “I’m hoping that we play defense a lot better,” Paul said. “You know, we’re trying to be a very unique team that defends very well and plays at a very nice pace, up-tempo. That’s not something that usually goes together like that, so we’re trying to put all the pieces together, and trying to keep that continuity going with both units.” Los Angeles Daily News

October 8, 2014 Updates

“It’s good to have guys like that [Cuban and Carlisle] on your back, on your side, but I can’t get satisfied at all,” said the 6-foot-11, 232-pound Villanueva. “I’ve got to keep grinding. I’ve got to keep working. I’ve got to keep getting better every day.” Villanueva said he considered signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, but just got a better vibe from the Mavericks’ front office. He also said he’s not using training camp as an audition to showcase himself to other teams. “My mentality is here,” Villanueva said. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 7, 2014 Updates

During the offseason, the tattooed enforcer opted for a more spiritual route. He started practicing yoga. "I wish it could have been filmed," he said during Clippers' media day Monday. "I went to a weird yoga class. It was all ladies that were 45 to 60 and I’m in there with a wife beater on and tattoos and my shorts, and these ladies were like, ‘Are you lost?'" Los Angeles Times

Barnes said yoga helped him take off 20 pounds. "Right now I weigh 210 pounds," he said. "I haven’t weighed 210 pounds since 10th grade or 11th grade." Los Angeles Times

October 6, 2014 Updates

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