In the lead-up to the 2017 NBA draft, we look back at some of the more interesting draft selections from the past 50 years.
There was very little for the Clippers’ fans to get excited about in the mid to late 1980s. However, on this day 29 years ago, one Clipper delivered a remarkable performance which the 8,157 spectators at the Sports Arena would remember for the rest of their lives.
With the start of the 2017 NBA playoffs just a couple of days away, let’s take a look back at the ten most memorable playoff victories in the history of the Los Angeles Clippers.
On this day ten years ago, Shaun Livingston suffered one of the most horrific injuries ever seen in an NBA game. In fact, his knee was so badly damaged that doctors were, at one stage, contemplating the prospect of amputating his left leg. Eight years later, Livingston became just the sixth player drafted by the Clippers to win an NBA championship.
On this day in 1980, World B. Free became the first Clipper to play in an All-Star game, after averaging 31.4 points per game across the first half of the 1979-80 season. However, despite a stellar career that featured an All-NBA Second team selection, a trip to the NBA Finals and eight seasons with scoring averages in excess of 20 points, the act for which Free is most famous did not occur on a basketball court. Instead, it took place in an office somewhere in California.
On this day 37 years ago, the San Diego Clippers signed Marvin Barnes. It was a decision that raised more than a few eyebrows around the league.
NBA history is filled with examples of owners purchasing franchises which are based in one city and then relocating them. Often, the driving force behind these shifts is simply to make the owner’s game day commute more convenient. But what is an NBA owner to do when he goes on vacation in the middle of the season?
Derek Smith is not a household name, which is a shame, given the extraordinary trajectory of his NBA career. Smith went from being cut at the end of his rookie season, after playing a grand total of just 154 minutes, to averaging 22.1 points for the Los Angeles Clippers just two years later.
The Malice at the Palace, Corey Maggette’s Left Foot and the Trade that Could Have Won the Clippers the 2006 NBA Championship
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the “Malice at the Palace”, one of the ugliest incidents in the history of the NBA. And while much has been written about this regrettable brawl, few people are aware of how close the Clippers came to trading for one of the key protagonists in the aftermath of that infamous evening.
How the Greatest Trade in Clipper History was also “the Best Thing” to Ever Happen to Michael Jordan
Twenty-seven years ago today, Elgin Baylor pulled off arguably the greatest trade in Clipper history, sending Danny Ferry and Reggie Williams to the Cleveland Cavs in exchange for Ron Harper and two first round draft picks. This trade not only propelled the Clippers towards their maiden playoff appearance in 1992, it also played a significant role in Michael Jordan breaking through for his first NBA championship.
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