Clippers’ six-game exhibition schedule includes two games in China

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Chris Paul will soon begin his fifth season with the Clippers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers have released their six-game preseason schedule and it includes two games in China.

The slate opens Oct. 2 with a game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. The Clippers then go to Vancouver for a game against the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 4.

The Clippers will travel to China to play the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 in arenas in Shenzhen and Shanghai, respectively.

The final two games of the exhibition schedule will feature the Clippers playing host to defending-NBA champion Golden State on Oct. 20 and the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 22.

Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin to attend Team USA mini-camp

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USA Basketball on Thursday announced that Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will be among 34 players to participate in the Team USA mini-camp Aug. 11-13 in Las Vegas.

The roster is expected to include all 12 members of the 2014 gold-medal winning World Cup team as well as nine Olympic gold-medal winners – eight from the 2012 London Games team.

Paul won Olympic gold medals with Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Games as well as in London. Griffin was originally part of the 2012 team, but was forced to withdraw because of injury.

Head coach is Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

The mini-camp will feature practices on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 and will culminate with a showcase game between Blue and White teams Aug. 13 at Thomas & Mack Center.

DeAndre Jordan talks about his alleged discord with Chris Paul

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A beef with teammate Chris Paul was supposedly one reason why DeAndre Jordan initially accepted a deal to leave the Clippers and sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Jordan on Tuesday was asked about that when he and several other Clippers played host to a news conference at Staples Center.

“I love Chris,” said Jordan, who changed his mind and re-signed with the Clippers. “When Chris got here he changed the culture of our team. He helped me out in so many ways on and off the floor, just becoming a better player and a student of the game. I know it maybe looked that way on the floor because we were both emotional and vocal players. But when it comes down to it, we’re all criticizing each other because we want what’s best for the team.

“And I just feel like when you do butt heads on the floor, 30 seconds later it’s over because we’re all trying to win a basketball game. And I think that we let facial expressions and outside stories dictate what we believe. But Chris is like a big brother to me and other guys on this team.”

Paul allegedly was unhappy that the poor free-throw shooting Jordan did not spend enough time working on that part of his game.

Jordan has spent all seven seasons of his career with the Clippers. He signed on for four more at a total of roughly $88 million.

Chris Paul to represent Team World in NBA game in August in South Africa

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Chris Paul will play on Team World when it takes on Team Africa on Aug. 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Team Africa will consist of players born in Africa and second-generation African players. The team is to be coached by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Among the players on that team will be Luc Mbah a Moute of the Sacramento Kings, Serge Ibaka of Oklahoma City and Festus Ezeli of Golden State.

Among those to play with Paul on Team World are brothers Marc and Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls, respectively. Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins will coach Team World.

“I look forward to representing Team World in the first NBA game in Africa,” Paul said in a statement.  “It will be my first visit to the continent, and I cannot wait to contribute to the growth of the game on and off the court.”

The proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs in South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

ESPN will televise the game live at 6 a.m. (PT).

REPORT: Doc Rivers and company to try to get DeAndre Jordan to stay

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It’s kind of an unwritten rule that once an NBA player has agreed to sign with another team, his former team backs off. But the Los Angeles Clippers apparently aren’t doing that.

According to a story on ESPN.com, league sources have said that Clippers coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and point guard Chris Paul were going to fly to Houston on Ballmer’s plane on Wednesday to try to convince center DeAndre Jordan to walk away from the contract he agreed to with the Dallas Mavericks and return to the Clippers.

Another league source told this newspaper early Wednesday afternoon that the meeting was taking place at that time and that the contingent also included Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce, who last week agreed to sign with the Clippers.

Jordan, who has a home in Houston, agreed to a 4-year, $80 million contract with the Mavericks, who could only offer four years. The Clippers’ offered Jordan their max deal of five years for some $108 million.

Players can officially sign contracts beginning Thursday.

Chris Paul named to All-NBA second team, Griffin and Jordan to third

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Point guard Chris Paul on Thursday was named to the All-NBA second team and forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan were named to the third team.

It’s the first time in franchise history three Clippers have made All-NBA in the same season and it’s the first time since 2004-05 when Phoenix did it that a team landed three players on the respective teams.

This is the second time Paul has been named to the second team; he made the first team the previous three seasons. Paul averaged 19.1 points and a league-high 10.2 assists. He made the All-Star team for the eighth consecutive season.

Griffin led the Clippers in scoring with a 21.9 scoring average during the regular season; he averaged a career-low 7.6 rebounds, but a career-high in assists at 5.3 per game. Griffin had been named to the second team the previous three seasons and this is his first time on the third team. He made his fifth All-Star game appearance in succession.

Jordan averaged a league-best 15.0 rebounds as well as 11.5 points and 2.2 blocks. This is his first selection to an All-NBA team.