Clippers to unveil new look in and around Los Angeles on Thursday

Members of the Clippers family on Thursday will visit several locations around the greater Los Angeles area to meet with fans and unveil their new look with a food and t-shirt giveaway.

The Clippers will have a presence at Sprinkles Cupcakes in downtown Los Angeles (735 S. Figueroa) from 8 a.m. to noon with owner Steve Ballmer appearing from 10-10:45 a.m. T-shirts and cupcakes will be distributed.

The Clippers will be at Pink’s Hot Dogs (709 N. La Brea) from noon to 2 p.m. with coach Doc Rivers and longtime broadcaster Ralph Lawler buying lunch for fans from noon-1 p.m.

Also, Gillian Zucker, president of business operations, will meet with fans at L.A. Metro (800 N. Alameda St.) from 6-7 a.m. with the team presence beginning at 4 a.m. and lasting until 8 a.m.

The Clippers will have people at a total of 32 locations around the city. Other prominent locations and times include:

6 – 8:30 am     Stauffer Middle School                       Lamond Murray (7 am – 8 am)

11985 Old River School Road            Clippers Spirit Dance Team

Downey, CA 90242

 

5 – 6 am          American Airlines Terminal/LAX        Clippers Spirit Dance Team

1 World Way, Los Angeles CA, 90045

 

8 am – 1 pm    Universal Studios                                Gary Grant (10:30 am – 12 pm)

100 Universal City Plaza                    Pooh Richardson (10:30 am – 12 pm)

Universal City, CA 91608                   Clippers Spirit Dance Team

(Fountain near Saddle Ranch)

 

9 am – 2 pm    Santa Monica Pier                              Olden Polynice (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

380 Santa Monica Pier                       Darrick Martin (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Santa Monica, CA 90401                   Clippers Spirit Dance Team

(Pacific Park basketball game – access by walking down pier)

 

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VIDEO: You might say Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is fanatical about team

Not that anyone could have had any doubts about the love Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has for his team. But here is a fine example of just how much Clippers blood is already flowing through his veins in just his first season as boss. Check out Ballmer as his Clippers are defeating San Antonio 107-92 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Clippers were up 79-61 at this point:

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Steve Ballmer is a billionaire, but even Fergie can’t make him a good dancer

The joint was really rocking Wednesday night. That being Staples Center, where the Clippers blasted the Lakers to the tune of 114-89 after leading by as many as 43 points.

The Clippers led by 10 points (34-24) after the first quarter. During the timeout ahead of the second quarter, recording artist Fergie pleasantly surprised everyone by performing one of her hits on the basketball court, which turned into a really cool dance party with Fergie’s dancers and apparently a couple of Staples Center ushers joining the fun.

They weren’t the only ones. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer danced, too, and though he was pretty lousy at it, you don’t have to be a good dancer when you’re a billionaire many times over. Check him out:

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Clippers now 2-0 on road trip after routing host Miami Heat 110-93

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Chris Paul

Chris Paul scored 26 points and had 12 assists on Thursday in Miami/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Thursday night put on their best performance of the season by defeating the host Miami Heat 110-93 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Los Angeles shot 55.8 percent from the field, 41.9 percent (13 of 31) from 3-point range. Miami shot 44.8 percent, just 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from beyond the arc.

The Clippers (7-4), who led 39-15 after one quarter, also out-rebounded the Heat (6-6) by a 35-30 count. Los Angeles had 31 assists, Miami just 11.

The Heat were missing guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring), but it’s unlikely his presence would have made much difference, the way the Clippers played.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 26 points apiece to lead the Clippers, J.J. Redick scored 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Miami’s Chris Bosh led everyone with 28 points.

The Clippers are now 2-0 on this seven-game road trip. Up next are the Memphis Grizzlies (10-2) on Sunday at 3 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

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Blake Griffin likes that owner Steve Ballmer will be into the games

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Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer figures to be at a lot of games this season. With his rather wild and crazy enthusiasm, it makes sense that the television cameras will pan to him as much as possible during breaks in the action or directly after a big play.

As much as Blake Griffin has already said he loves Ballmer’s enthusiasm, he said he doesn’t expect to look in Ballmer’s direction that much. But  he’ll still appreciate him.

“Honestly, I probably won’t pay a whole lot of attention to it,” Griffin said Friday ahead of practice. “But it’s great if you do look over and see your owner there really into it, really supporting you. As opposed to maybe not being there, or looking like he didn’t care.”

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Season-ticket holders to be treated to private party at Universal Studios

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Steve Ballmer/Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News

 

Clippers season-ticket holders tonight (Thursday) will be rewarded for their loyalty when the Clippers host a private party for them at Universal Studios from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

New owner Steve Ballmer is expected to be on hand, as will Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler and the Clippers spirit squad.

The Clippers will return to exhibition play Sunday when they travel to Portland for a 6 p.m. game (on Prime Ticket).

Golden State defeated the Clippers in their exhibition opener Tuesday.

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Doc Rivers signs five-year contract extension

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Clippers sign Doc Rivers to contract extension

Doc Rivers (left) and Steve Ballmer/Staff photo by David Crane

 

The Clippers on Wednesday announced that Doc Rivers, head coach and president of basketball operations, has signed a five-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

“This is an important day for this organization,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said. “I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court.
“Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard-core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team.”

Rivers, who in 2013-14 led the Clippers to a franchise-record 57 victories in his first season at the helm, has been impressed with the energy brought by Ballmer, who recently purchased the team from Shelly Sterling after her husband Donald lost control of the team following his highly publicized racist comments.

“Steve has shown a clear and determined desire to make the Clippers one of the most elite, first-class and championship organizations in all of professional sports,” Rivers said. “We know we have work to do to get there, but I am motivated by the challenge and thankful for the opportunity to stand together with Steve as we continue to move toward our goal of winning an NBA title.”

Rivers is entering his 16th season as a head coach, having previously held that position with the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics. Rivers, 52, is one of three active coaches – Gregg Popovich (Spurs) and Flip Saunders (Timberwolves) with at least 600 victories. Rivers has 644.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Steve Ballmer admits he was ‘nervous’ at Monday’s fan festival

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Steve Ballmer/Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News

One would never know that new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer gets nervous, what with the powerful yet zany way he goes about addressing large groups of people.

When Ballmer made his way through the fans seated inside Staples Center at Monday’s fan festival, Ballmer was his typical wild and crazy self, high-fiving fans with gusto. He got to the dais and started screaming, with fans loving every second of it. But he was jittery, or so he says.

“I was pretty nervous, I’ll admit,” Ballmer said. “I was pretty nervous before I went out. I asked (coach) Doc (Rivers), ‘What do you do?’ I thought maybe he had been to a fan rally before. I know what to do with folks in the tech industry, blah blah. Tech industry, you don’t get a lot of guys really excited about the tech. Turns out sports fans and tech guys might be different, but they still get fired up about the things they’re fired up about.”

Ballmer, 58 is the former CEO of Microsoft.

 

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