Once in a while, a good story comes out of the Los Angeles Clippers, where it just seems full of doom as long as Donald Sterling owns the team.
In September 2004, assistant coach Kim Hughes (who, last year, was promoted to interim coach after Mike Dunleavy stepped down) was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His doctor said that he could hold off surgery for a few months but Hughes didn’t want to miss a chunk of the season with training camp coming up. Dunleavy recommended him to a second doctor. That doctor then said he could get surgery the next week.
The problem was that the Clippers didn’t cover Hughes’ medical insurance. Hughes was going to pay in the neighborhood of $70,000 for the surgery.
That’s where the Clipper players came in. Dunleavy let them know the news and Corey Maggette, Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, and Marko Jaric helped pay for the surgery. And it was a good thing the surgery got done because the normally slow-moving cancer was moving on a faster rate. Because of these players, Kim Hughes is now cancer-free. Hughes thanks these players every time he sees them. He mentioned that the players really don’t want to be recognized for it because they just wanted to help out their friend and it was the right thing to do. We all criticize and make fun of these players for one reason or another but, in the grand scheme of things, these players are really good human beings.
Remember that Blake Griffin dunk where he jumped over the hood of a car? Well it’s a Kia Optima commercial now:
Contrary to popular belief, unlike what the commercial says, it was a very average dunk. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m a Clipper fan, more or less a Blake Griffin supporter but that dunk was just… lacking, so to say. Now it would be a different thing if he did jump over a hood of a car but did a 360 windmill THEN it would’ve wow’d me and a lot of people.
Then again, I am just a normal Asian person who can’t even dunk on an 8ft rim. What do I know right?
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Sorry Blake Griffin fans but despite BG finishing with 32 points and 11 rebounds and logging in his 39th double-double of the season, it’s DeAndre Jordan’s time to shine in last night’s Dunkinstache. He had 3 highlight dunks 2 of which was on Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut.
First one was a Baron Davis / DeAndre Jordan alley-oop:
Clippers won the game 105-98. DeAndre finished the game with 16 points on 7 of 8 shooting, 5 blocks, 7 rebounds – 4 of them are on the offensive end and 3 poster dunks. Now that I thought about it, DJ’s stats was enough to make Bambi’s mother cry.
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Cue those people saying, “The Clippers are cursed!”Eric Gordon is out with a small bone fracture on his shooting hand for 3-4 weeks after landing on his wrist in a game against the Warriors last Saturday.
Mr. Gordon is averaging a team-high 24.1 points per game and is eighth in the league in scoring. Bet you didn’t know that, huh, since Blake Griffin gets all the attention whenever you mention the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers already face an uphill climb when it comes to catching the Blazers for the 8th spot in the Western Conference. They’ll be hard-pressed to keep winning now that their leading scorer is on the shelf ’till practically the All-Star break. My guess is that Baron Davis is going to shoulder more of the scoring load and that guys like Randy Foye and Eric Bledsoe are going to step up. It also means that Blake may be asked to even score more than he already has been.