NBA rumors: Clippers' new arena closer

The LA Clippers’ proposed new basketball arena cleared a critical hurdle Tuesday, when the Inglewood (California) City Council unanimously approved the environmental impact report for the Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center. The vote is a major milestone in the approval process for the Clippers’ arena. The franchise’s project to build a sprawling campus that will include the team’s corporate office, practice facility and outdoor plaza plans to break ground in the summer of 2021. The arena is slated to open for the start of the 2024-25 season after the Clippers’ lease at Staples Center expires. “We’re so excited to get our new arena project across the finish line in Inglewood,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a video presentation to the City Council. “… I want to boldly tell you our vision for this arena: We want to simply make it the single greatest place in the world for basketball, a basketball palace with no peer. We want to make sure that we are giving back to our community and to being great citizens here in Inglewood.”
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“Hey, listen – you know what surprised me the most is how many fans are reaching out on e-mail, DM, everything, comments, talking about coming to the game,” he said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. “It’s really … that part was the part that made me think back and really think about it even before I talked to you. Because you can’t, like, you can’t make that up. Guys go play for teams and win and people don’t care. People could care less. And I know that for a fact. “For the love I still get, even though I’m on an opposite team who their guys will battle this year and to still get that love, that’s what I’m saying about my experience in Milwaukee that nobody will ever understand: As short as it was, it couldn’t have been any bigger.”
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And Wall’s remaining money is significantly more than Walker’s was. For a Wall buyout to make any sense for the Rockets, Wall would likely have to give up even more than Walker did to the Thunder — and there’s next to no chance Wall could make that up in his next deal. At any rate, that hasn’t been seriously discussed by either side as a possibility. “It’s hard for him at this point in time, when your salary doesn’t equal what your production is,” a sympathetic front office person from another team said Wednesday. “That’s hard for him. It’s hard for a lot of guys.”
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