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.
Clippers Patrick Beverley Ejected for Tossing Ball at Fan
Beverley claims that the fan told him to “f–k your mother,” which led him to bouncing the ball at him.
“I told the referee, I told the security,” Beverley said, according to ESPN. “I mean, I’ve never gotten ejected out of a game since I’ve been in the NBA. You know, I play hard, I play within the lines, of course. I play within the rules, of course. I’ve never been ejected in my career in the NBA, but I’m a grown man. I have morals. Of course, God is first, family is second for me, and I stand firmly behind that.
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“I just, I can accept the ‘F–k you, Beverley,’ the ‘F–k you, Pat,’ but out of the lines of my mother, anybody who knows me, man, knows I’m a family-first guy, and there’s some things that are unacceptable. After I told the refs, I told security, the Dallas security, told both of them and again, he said it again. So if no one going to control fans, what are we supposed to do as players?”
“This has happened to me twice,” Beverley said. “It happened to me in OKC. A fan can just walk up on me and clap in my face. It happened to me here after I tried to handle it in a different way. I let the ref know, the ref said, ‘Keep playing.’ I get on a loose ball, have a guy dive from the 3-point line to jump on me, and then a guy says it again while security is there, so there’s only so much you can take.
“Of course, I’m not praising me getting kicked out of a game. But I have morals, and I will stand for my morals, and family is important to me, and that’s one of the morals I stand for.”
Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell Discusses Altercation with Wolves’ Derrick Rose
When it comes to anyone messing with his teammates, Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell isn’t playing around, and he wasn’t going to stand for Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose approaching Milos Teodosic after some chippy play during Monday night’s game.
“I’m the type of player who sticks up for his teammates,” Harroll said, according to ClutchPoints. “So honestly, when the altercation happened, when I saw D-Rose walking up on my teammate, that’s when it was time for me step in.
“I really don’t care what people feel about it,” Harrell added. “I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t. I’m the type of player who plays for his teammates. I play for the guys that are on the court with me. And I feel like, at that point in time, Derrick Rose went after a person who really wasn’t even trying to cause that type of situation.”
Harell finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and three steals in the victory over Minnesota.
Clippers Trade Wesley Johnson to Pelicans for Alexis Ajinca
In corresponding moves, the Clippers will waive Ajinca and guard Juwan Evans in order to ensure that they are at 15 player roster limit for opening night later this week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Los Angeles will save $849K by swapping out Wesley Johnson for Alexis Ajinca and are now $3.9M below the luxury tax.
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