At Baylor and as a pro, Jones carried a reputation for …

At Baylor and as a pro, Jones carried a reputation for a lack of desire. On the night of the draft, Jones said he was approached by someone who said he was red-flagged (“I’ve heard it was things about my knee. I’ve heard it was things about my attitude,” he said.) During the draft, his phone died and the then-21-year-old was terrified, wondering if he’d missed the call from a team that wanted to select him. “That would be a terrible thing to think that they called me and my phone was dead and they didn’t pick me,” Jones said. “If that’s the reason then that’s insane.”
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The Clippers owner also paid the town of Inglewood $66.2 million for the land where Intuit Dome will sit. The Clippers will get some of that back, though. Intuit, the software company that makes Turbo Tax, will pay the team more than $500 million for a 23-year naming rights slot. That deal only enhanced Ballmer’s optimism. “This stadium is about being optimistic about our team,” Ballmer said. “It’s about being optimistic about our fans. Get in the building, pump up, make energy,” Ballmer added, clapping his hands. “Your energy can feed our team to greater success.”
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