LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are wholesome once more and desperate to make a run to the Los Angeles Clippers‘ first NBA championship of their sixth season collectively.
DeAndre Jordan, recent off serving to the U.S. win gold on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford are also again, with the staff opting to maintain its core group collectively.
They will be surrounded by a number of veterans who joined the Clippers within the offseason, together with 12-yr professional Dorell Wright, eleven-yr execs Brandon Bass and Raymond Felton, eight-yr professional Marreese Speights, who left Golden State, and 7-yr professional Alan Anderson.
”This looks like the right storm with guys who need to win,” stated Crawford, who gained the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Yr award for the third time final season. ”It isn’t about something particular person. It is all about profitable.”
Rookies Brice Johnson of North Carolina and Diamond Stone of Maryland will attempt to struggle their means off the bench beneath Doc Rivers, not recognized for enjoying newcomers a lot.
”We obtained a whole lot of new guys,” Redick stated. ”Our first assembly I solely acknowledged like six guys in there. It is about getting everybody acclimated to how we play. We will be probably the greatest groups within the league.”
Paul Pierce stated Monday he’s returning for this nineteenth and last NBA season. Wesley Johnson, Luc Mbah a Moute and Austin Rivers are again, too.
”We’re one of many higher groups and now we have now to again that up on the ground,” the elder Rivers stated on the group’s media day.
The Clippers went fifty three-29 within the common season after which misplaced to Portland within the first spherical of the playoffs, when Paul broke his proper hand and Griffin reinjured his left quadriceps tendon, forcing each to overlook the final two video games of the collection.
The franchise has but to advance previous the second spherical of the playoffs.
”Yearly after you lose within the playoffs it provides gasoline to the hearth,” Griffin stated. ”We have tried to study from the previous.”
Griffin broke his proper hand in a struggle in January with the group’s former assistant gear supervisor. He performed simply 39 common-season video games.
He wrote a letter to Clippers followers that was posted on-line final week apologizing for final season.
”It was an opportunity to be trustworthy and inform precisely how you are feeling,” Griffin stated. ”That is what I felt in my coronary heart. I felt prefer it was necessary.”
Paul, Griffin and Redick are eligible at no cost company on the finish of the season.
”It is a part of the dialogue, however our focus is on the season,” Doc Rivers stated.
The Clippers open coaching camp Tuesday and their first exhibition recreation is Oct. four at Golden State. They open the season on Oct. 27 at Portland in a rematch of final season’s playoff opener.
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