Home sweet home is not always the case for the L.A. Clippers

FILE - In this March 2, 2010,  file photo, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer speaks in Santa Clara, Calif. Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Ang...

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Unless the Clippers were to find a way to get out of their lease at Staples Center, they will be tenants there through June 2024.

That’s not the best scenario for the Clippers, who are basically the third team in that building behind the L.A. Kings and Lakers, even though all three teams began playing in the building when it opened in 1999.

Take this past weekend. The Clippers had to play back-to-back day games against Charlotte and New Orleans on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Kings had the night game Saturday, the Lakers on Sunday.

If the Clippers had their own building, that Sunday game would never have been scheduled for during the day.

Coach Doc Rivers was asked before Sunday’s game if the scenario wants to make him talk to owner Steve Ballmer about the team getting its own building once the lease expires. Rivers balked at first.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” he said. Then he did.

“No, I don’t know,” he said. “I mean, obviously, every team would rather have their own building, but it’s not awful. But you would love to play the evening game tonight; I don’t mind back-to-back.

“But the smart thing would have been 12:30, 7:30. That would have been smart for us, but didn’t work out that way. I’m sure Steve thinks of things like that all the time.”

Unfortunately for the Clippers, they signed a 10-year extension on their Staples Center lease in January 2013, before Ballmer purchased the Clippers in May 2014.

The Clippers, Lakers and Kings work with Staples Center owner AEG, the NBA and the NHL for scheduling times and dates. The Clippers got the short end of the stick this past weekend.

Mark Cuban says he has ‘no problem slamming Doc Rivers’

 

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was holding court with reporters in the Mavericks’ locker room before Wednesday night’s game between his team and the Clippers at American Airlines Center, won 118-108 by the Mavericks.

Cuban was likely surrounded by more reporters than usual because it was the first time the Clippers would play in Dallas since DeAndre Jordan reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with Dallas over the summer, instead re-signing with the Clippers.

Reporters had just spoken with Clippers coach Doc Rivers ahead of speaking with Cuban, who was told that Rivers believes too much is being made of something that happened months ago.

Cuban shot back in hard-hitting fashion.

“I have no problem slamming Doc Rivers, even though he’s not going to play,” Cuban said. “I like (Clippers owner) Steve Ballmer. Lots of guys on the team, I like. But look, Doc does his radio interviews and brings it up for a reason., right? Again, Doc’s in the coaching business, he’s gotta do his job. God, there is so much I want to say.

“But we’re still in the entertainment business. And I would be a lot more upset if there was no promotion and no discussion about it and it wasn’t a TV game. Because then we’d be calling the NBA and every television partner idiots. Wouldn’t you? Yeah, everybody would. Because we’re an entertainment business and this is part of the entertainment. And unless you realize that, you’re going to get whatever unmentionables you wear in a wad. Or, if you’re commando, whatever.”

 

VIDEO: You will love Steve Ballmer-Mark Cuban kiss cam bit

There is no love lost between the Clippers and Dallas Mavericks, courtesy of DeAndre Jordan reneging on his agreement during the summer to sign with the Mavericks, to re-sign with the Clippers. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been doing a lot of talking about it, none of it positive. But in a light moment during Thursday’s 104-88 Clippers victory over Dallas at Staples Center, Cuban and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer were involved in a split-screen kiss cam moment that brought roars from the sellout crowd of more than 19,000. Check it out:

Clippers to hold charity golf classic on Monday in Newport Beach

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The Clippers will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this weekend for a Sunday game against the Toronto Raptors. Upon their quick return, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer will be among those participating in the annual charity golf tournament put on by the L.A. Clippers foundation.

It will take place at Pelican Hill Golf Course in Newport Beach. The day will conclude with a dinner. Proceeds will benefit the foundation as well as the United Friends of the Children.

Fans still have a chance to golf and eat with the Clippers. Those interested should go to www.nba.com/clippers//golf.

Sources: Latest on DeAndre Jordan is he might remain in Los Angeles

DeAndre Jordan

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DeAndre Jordan is leaning toward going back on his word to sign with the Dallas Mavericks and re-sign with the Clippers, league sources told ESPN.com.

We’ve been following the progress of this situation throughout the day. It began when word came Wednesday morning that Jordan had called coach Doc Rivers and Blake Griffin on Monday to say he was having second thoughts about signing the four-year, $80 million contract he had agreed to sign with the Mavericks this past Friday.

League sources told this newspaper early Wednesday afternoon that Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Griffin, Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce flew to Houston to try to convince Jordan to stay. The Clippers have offered Jordan a five-year max deal for roughly $108 million.

The Clippers contingent is reportedly with Jordan at his house and will stay there until 12:01 a.m. Eastern time, at which time Jordan can sign on the dotted line.

Stay tuned.

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

DeAndre Jordan

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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.