/ Oct 29, 2014 / 5:00 pm
We’ve always been suckers for a good hype video. This year’s Clippers team has a new owner, a coach and GM under a new long-term deal, and they’re dreaming of a Larry O’Brien trophy in their not-too-distant future. After suffering the ignominy of working for Donald Sterling, and after the painful, drawn-out process leading to his decades-late exit, a supercharged former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, is now sitting at the top of the Clippers’ hierarchy. Their new ad compaign launching tonight, like their new owner, should enliven even the most detached NBA fans. Read More »
/ Oct 28, 2014 / 11:00 am
Clippers forward Blake Griffin talked with Conan O’Brien last night — the TBS late night host is becoming a fun stop for NBA players in LA. The pair touched on past owner Donald Sterling and his infamous white party, plus the amazing enthusiasm of new owner Steve Ballmer Read More »
/ Oct 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm
While assembling Dime’s list of the top 20 power forwards in the league today, we were struck by just how many different candidates merited consideration for various ranking thresholds.
Several players that are among their team’s most valuable contributors were left off this compilation entirely. A certain player who was barely awarded a spot somehow deserves a ranking both 10 positions better and worse. One big man just above the teens was arguably Team USA’s top performer at the FIBA World Cup. Our sixth-place finisher was voted by league general managers as the top 4-man in basketball. No player in these rankings is more accomplished than this list’s fourth-best power forward. We could go on.
Basketball is so stocked with quality power forwards that it’s impossible to deem any of these distinctions right or wrong. Those who missed the cut are that good, and those who made it are so closely comparable that ranking them seems futile. But doing so is also fun, and allows league followers to flex their empirical and analytical muscles just in time for the 2014-2015 season.
Don’t listen to naysayers who bemoan the league’s saturation of deep-shooting, playmaking big men as opposed to lumbering behemoths of the past. Power forwards aren’t dead, but instead have evolved right in line with the game as a whole. They’re better than ever, and the strongest, most versatile position group basketball has to offer. Read More »
/ Oct 24, 2014 / 2:45 pm
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin (photo. Jordan Brand)
Last night, at 12:12 a.m. ET on the Adult Swim network the Jordan Brand sponsored “BGCP3TV in HD” sketch comedy show premiered. Say what you want about the Clippers teammates and Jordan Brand NBA all-stars failing to reach the Western Conference Finals last season, but — as you’ll see — they’re pretty decent with the off-kilter dry humor on display in the debut. Read More »
Isaiah Thomas, Chris Paul (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
Chris Paul played angry last night. Well, angrier than usual for what is still a tune-up for the 2014-15 regular season. With many predicting the Clippers as a title contender, their 1-5 preseason record heading into last night’s game against the Suns did not bode well for their championship aspirations. So Paul, along with fellow all-star, Blake Griffin, decided to treat their second-to-last preseason contest like they had something to prove. Read More »
/ Oct 20, 2014 / 1:30 pm
Blake Griffin, Chris Paul (photo. Jordan Brand)
Jordan Brand reveiled today they’re going into the sketch comedy business with the signature stars, and teammates, behind the CP3.VIII and Super.Fly 3. Clippers teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will star in a five-minute episode of “BGCP3TV In HD,” so come check out the trailer. Read More »
/ Oct 19, 2014 / 1:15 pm
We’ve always maintained that more frightening than Blake Griffin’s otherworldly explosiveness is his unmatched blend of strength, coordination, and dexterity. No big man in the league has better balance than Blake, a trait that’s become more apparent as he’s expanded his offensive game to include a handle that belies his size. But the leaping ability sure is great, too – it’s certainly tough to choose one attribute over the other. Fortunately, this incredible sequence from last night’s Los Angeles Clippers-Denver Nuggets exhibition in Las Vegas ensures we don’t have to, and shows off the total package of Griffin’s surreal athleticism. Read More »
Blake Griffin might have finally reached his breaking point. After taking a hard foul from the Utah Jazz’s Trevor Booker and instigating a minor scuffle last night, the Los Angeles Clippers superstar says he might retaliate against similar plays in the future. Read More »
/ Oct 16, 2014 / 1:30 pm
Blake Griffin: All-NBA performer. Endorser. Comedian. Slam poet. Writer of excellent essays? In his debut for The Players’ Tribune, an athlete-helmed site founded by Derek Jeter, Griffin shows off tremendous writing chops in a story containing first-person anecdotes of the Donald Sterling saga. Read More »
/ Oct 14, 2014 / 10:15 am
While Clippers power forward Blake Griffin worked on his stroke this offseason, and appears to have added a three-pointer into his bag of offensive tricks, he’s still the same guy who jumped over a Kia. Blake showed off his range and what that range means for him on the offensive end last night in Utah with 31 points in less than 30 minutes. Read More »