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Clippers’ Austin Rivers Details Scary Feeling, Pain Of Injury

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers suffered a right Achilles’ tendon injury on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers and although an MRI showed just a sore Achilles, Rivers still remembers the pain and feeling associated with the injury.

Then, while he was being worked on by the Clippers’ medical and training staff before and during Sunday’s game, Rivers was able to become pain-free.

“It felt like a sharp knife had jabbed in my Achilles’,” Rivers said of the injury scare. “That’s why I was like, ‘This feels like something just tore or something.’ And when it jammed, it felt like something popped, so you feel a popping and a stinging in your Achilles’ and you can’t put no weight on it and you never having anything like that before, with your Achilles’, I’m sitting thinking like … I started getting emotional. That’s one of the worst things that you could have as an athlete these days. … But they came back with great news.”

“So I hoped and prayed that it was nothing serious,” Rivers said. “It turns out I have muscle back there that keeps getting jammed, so it’s caused me not to be able to walk on it. They unjammed it, though. We’ll have to continue to strengthen it. It’s not a problem.”

 

In fact, Rivers declared he will be ready to play on Tuesday

“I don’t know what they’re talking about, but I feel like I’m playing Tuesday,” Rivers said.

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Clippers’ Steve Ballmer Talks New Arena, Tanking, Down Year

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The Los Angeles Clippers appear to be headed for a rough season but team owner Steve Ballmer rejects the idea that the team is going to be in tank mode, or that the team will simply accept a losing season.

“That ain’t us. Nuh-uh, no way,” Ballmer said toClippers’ season ticket holders and fans, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliot.

“People can do it their way. We’re going to be good our way. We’re not going to show up and suck for a year, two years. I think we got higher expectations on us than the long, hard five, six years of absolute crap like the 76ers put in. How could we look you guys in the eye if we did that to you?”

Naturally, the Clippers need to talk the talk in with season ticket owners and fans, they have a business to run, but Ballmer was not reserved about his intentions to move the Clippers out of the Staples Center, where they currently share a home with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“We’re moving to Inglewood come hell or high water,” he said of a proposed arena near the site of the stadium being constructed for the NFL’s Rams and Chargers. “We gotta have a house. So we’re working on a plan to get our own house. We want to get our own house. It turns out the way this works in L.A., which is much beloved to me, that if you start now you might be done in six years.”

Although Ballmer is determined to move out of the Staples Center, he has no intentions of leaving Los Angeles.

“I love L.A. I also love my wife, by the way, but I love L.A. and I don’t want there to be any mistake about it. We want to be part of the fabric of this community” Ballmer said.

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Clippers Tobias Harris Rejects $80 Million Extension Offer

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris has rejected a four-year, $80 million extension offer made by the team, according to TNT’s David Aldridge.

Harris will play out final year of his current deal and become an unrestricted free agent next summer, when he’ll be eligible for a 5 year/$188M max deal from the Clippers or a 4 year/$145.5  contract from another team.

Harris averaged 19.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game over 32 games for the Clippers last season.

 

 

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Clippers Expected To Keep Milos Teodosic

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Despite a loaded backcourt the Los Angeles Clippers are expected to keep Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner.

Teodosic exercised a $6.3-million player option last month which led to speculation that the Clippers might move him, but the deadline to waive him passed on Sunday and he is now guaranteed $2.1M of his salary.

Teodosic averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 assists per game last season.

 

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