The Clippers’ trade of Blake Griffin one year ago came months after the star forward was sold in free agency, in a pitch complete with a mock jersey retirement ceremony, on becoming a “Clipper for life.” As Griffin prepares to face the Clippers on Saturday at Staples Center for the first time since being dealt to Detroit, his former coach, Doc Rivers, believes Griffin will eventually receive the honor, this time for real. It follows comments by Rivers earlier this season that DeAndre Jordan, Griffin’s “Lob City” running mate before leaving for Dallas last summer, also is deserving of a retired jersey.
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January 17, 2019 | 6:43 pm EST Update
Fred Katz: Brad Beal on if it’s easier to play without John Wall: “No it’s not. It’s a lot harder.” “Me playing well or not is not based off of John. It’s not. The fact of the matter is, we don’t have John, so what am I supposed to do?” Beal called it “nonesense” he’s better w/o Wall.
Tim Bontemps: Wilson Chandler says he’s good to go for tonight’s game against the Pacers. He was a game-time decision with an upper respiratory issue.
Adam Johnson: The @nazsuns will become the Northern Arizona Rodeo Clowns for one night only on Saturday. A look at their uniforms.
January 17, 2019 | 6:01 pm EST Update
David Hardisty: Chris Paul on his rehab: “I’m doing well. Progressing, trying to get back on the court as soon as possible, continue to listen to my body. As soon as I’m able, I will be out there.” Does he have any idea when he will return? “Nope.”