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  • Raptors coach Nick Nurse admits Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard only cared about winning

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors faced off on Monday night at Staples Center. For Kawhi Leonard, it was his first time taking on Nick Nurse and the Raptors, the team he helped lead to the 2019 NBA championship. Prior to the Clippers’ 98-88..." November 12

  • Doc Rivers cracks funny joke about Kawhi Leonard’s demeanor

    Larry Brown Sports "Kawhi Leonard is known for being one of the most “boring” players in the NBA, but his even-keeled personality has served him well throughout his career. If you expected to see a big change in him when the Los Angeles Clippers faced his former team, you would have been..." November 12

  • Clippers' Paul George to play next week

    TSN "Paul George will make his Los Angeles Clippers debut during the team's upcoming road trip, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski reports George will either play Wednesday against the Houston Rockets or the following day against the New Orleans..." November 12

  • Inside the NBA's silent tension surrounding Daryl Morey

    ESPN "NOBODY SAW MUCH of Daryl Morey in the days after the Houston Rockets landed in Tokyo for the NBA's Japan Games. The Rockets' general manager confined himself to his room at the Ritz Carlton in Roppongi Hills during the team's six-day visit, spotted leaving for..." November 12

  • Kawhi Leonard turns page on Raptors tenure: 'It's over now'

    ESPN "Before facing his old team for the first time since winning the championship, Kawhi Leonard ran into some of his former Toronto Raptors teammates and team staff members. "Hey, hey, hey," Leonard said with a smile to one Raptor, echoing the phrase that..." November 12

  • How the Raptors have adjusted following Kawhi Leonard's departure

    USA Today "The moment called for LeBron James to attack the basket and finish strongly. Same thing for Anthony Davis. The two Los Angeles Lakers stars have filled such highlight reels too many times to count. On consecutive possessions, though, Toronto Raptors center Chris Boucher stuffed them at the..." November 11

  • NBA Fans Only Have Themselves to Blame For Load Management Ordeal

    The Big Lead "The NBA glossary has introduced the casual and die-hard fan alike to all kinds of every-day terms. Posterized. Shaqtin' A Fool. Load Management. Load management isn't exactly a new occurrence. Like many plagues and apocalyptic scenarios, it began as a joke. In a March 2012..." November 11

  • Why playing at home is different for Kawhi Leonard than others

    Sportsnet "The attractions are obvious. The weather forecast for southern California this time of year is numbingly perfect and seemingly never changing: “Sunny and warm,” “sunny and warm,” “sunny and warm,” and on into infinity. There are celebrity..." November 11

  • The biggest thing Pascal Siakam learned from Kawhi Leonard "Pascal Siakam had another big game on Sunday. In a win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Toronto Raptors forward led the way with a team-high 24 points. It wasn't, however, Siakam's prettiest showing of the season. He went 9-for-25 from the field, including..." November 11

  • Clippers’ Jerry West recounts Paul George trade, says hardest part was losing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Clippers advisor Jerry West recounted how he first found out about the Paul George trade, a major offseason move that kept most front office staff on their toes with anticipation. The deal would signify a make-or-break for the Clippers’ future, as getting George..." November 11

  • Nick Nurse lauds Kawhi Leonard’s leadership

    Clutch Points "There has been much said about Kawhi Leonard’s brief but successful tenure as a member of the Toronto Raptors. Head coach Nick Nurse has weighed in on how he feels that despite how some may have framed it outside of the organization, he saw that Leonard was in fact heavily..." November 10

  • Kawhi Leonard, Clippers owe no apologies for continued load management

    The Score "Nothing captured the NBA's imagination this week quite like the latest saga in load management, as Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard was held out of Wednesday's nationally televised game against Giannis Antetokounmpo's Milwaukee Bucks. The..." November 10

  • Paul George getting restless to finally make Clippers debut: 'I'm tired of rehabbing'

    USA Today "Eventually, Paul George’s ritual became a running joke. Occasionally, George performed his habit in secret. As he remained confined to non-contact drills while healing his surgically repaired left and right shoulders, George often mused he would join his Los Angeles Clippers..." November 10

  • Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard reflects on ‘amazing’ time with Raptors ahead of reunion

    Sportsnet "It might be a stretch to say the Kawhi Leonard is missing Toronto and his time in Canada now that he’s settled in at home with the Los Angeles Clippers. But the “here for a good time, not a long time” Raptors hero made an impression up north, and it..." November 09

  • Paul George could return Monday vs. Raptors after first full practice

    Clutch Points "Paul George fully participated in practice on Saturday afternoon, said L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. The six-time All-Star and third place finisher in the MVP race last season could return to the lineup as soon as Monday night against the Toronto..." November 09

  • LeBron James on load management: If I'm not hurt, I'm playing

    ESPN "Amid a renaissance start to the season for both the Lakers as a successful franchise and LeBron James as a dominant player, James says he has no plans to miss games due to load management in anticipation of a postseason run. "If I'm hurt, I don't play...." November 09

  • Kawhi Leonard after NBA revealed knee injury: "It was shocking"

    The Score "The NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 on Thursday for statements that were "inconsistent" with superstar Kawhi Leonard's health, including one head coach Doc Rivers made. The league also released a statement detailing the reigning Finals..." November 08

  • Hassan Whiteside: “I expect Shaq to dis. Dame killed him in a rap battle.”

    NBC Sports "Consistency of effort has not exactly been a hallmark of Hassan Whiteside‘s career. He seemed to sleepwalk through the first half of Portland’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers — 1-of-7 shooting and listless play (especially next to the..." November 08

  • Critics of Kawhi Leonard's load management strategy can't ignore one important point

    Sporting News "Spurs coach Gregg Popovich may have kicked off the load management era, but Kawhi Leonard is the poster boy. In his first and only season in Toronto, Leonard played in just 60 of the Raptors' 82 regular season games. From a fan perspective, it was hard to stomach...." November 08

  • Raptors' load management of Kawhi Leonard is all the evidence Clippers need

    Yahoo! Sports "f a Kawhi Leonard load manages his body in Toronto and the NBA isn’t around to hear it, does it make a sound? The absolute outrage over the past few days because the two-time Finals MVP was ruled out of an ESPN televised game against the Milwaukee Bucks has been perplexing from..." November 08

  • Ten NBA things I like and don't like, including Luka Doncic trickery

    ESPN "As we put the first 10% of the season in the books, here are 10 things to check out: 1. We need to talk about Nikola Nikola Jokic has probably racked up more "likes" in this space than any other player. And so it is with a heavy heart that I note: Jokic does..." November 08

  • Inside the NBA Brought Chris Jericho on Set and Then All Hell Broke Loose in The Wrestling Ring

    Black Sports Online "The funniest thing is Jericho’s face throughout. He is truly looking at these dudes like “what the hell is going on, I was supposed to just do a quick promo.” You can’t put a Wrestling ring in the studio and not think Shaq is going to act up. " November 08

  • Clippers Fan Tell Chance The Rapper He Sucks After He Misses 11 Straights Shot and A Fails on Dunk Attempt

    Black Sports Online "Most musicians wanted to be ballers, but they aren’t very good which is why they are musicians. Chance the Rapper is no different as he bricked 11 shots in a row after being allowed on Staples Center court after Clippers-Bucks game. He was there at the game with Rich..." November 08

  • Clippers fined $50K for 'inconsistent' statements about Kawhi Leonard's status

    The Score "Doc Rivers saying Kawhi Leonard is feeling good has apparently cost the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000. The NBA announced Thursday it has fined the team for statements, including one made by Rivers, that were "inconsistent" with Leonard's health..." November 07

  • Kendrick Perkins, Robert Parish Forcefully Join NBA ‘Load Management’ Debate

    NESN "Despite having played in vastly different NBA eras, Robert Parish and Kendrick Perkins agree on “load management” in the association. The former Boston Celtics centers have offered their opinions on the raging load-management debate in the aftermath of the Los Angeles..." November 07

  • What would Doc Rivers tell fans who paid to watch Kawhi Leonard? ‘They get to see me’

    NBC Sports "The Clippers sat Kawhi Leonard for their home loss to the Bucks last night. The NBA approved. Old-school thinkers did not. But what about fans who paid to watch Leonard? What would Clippers coach Doc Rivers tell them? Rivers, via Dylan..." November 07

  • Map Shows The Most Hated NBA Teams In Every State For 2019-2020 Season

    Total Pro Sports "he Los Angeles Lakers are truly back. After several years of being quite irrelevant when it comes to having a Championship contender, the team went out and signed LeBron James and traded for Anthony Davis in back-to-back offseasons. " November 07

  • NBA head coaching jobs are increasingly stable

    SB Nation "The NBA head coaching profession is among the least stable in all of sports. Some franchises cycle through a new head coach seemingly every year. The names who hold jobs for a decade or more are essentially legends, and even then, respected status and success is no guarantee of stability. The..." November 07

  • NBA now forbids teams from using apps that auto-delete communication with players, agents

    Pro Basketball Talk "To crack down on widespread tampering, the NBA began requiring teams to keep communications with agents and players for one year. The league can audit five teams annually. But what about workarounds? Pete Thamel, Seerat Sohi and Charles Robinson of Yahoo..." November 07

  • Ranking NBA's biggest early surprises: New-look Suns, unrecognizable Warriors, Lakers defense lead the way

    CBS Sports "The thing we most love about sports is the stuff we never see coming. They don't make movies about the favorite winning the game they're supposed to win -- instead it's the scrappy underdog who defies the odds and people's expectations with an unprecedented show of fortitude. A..." November 07

  • Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo : 'I Want to Play' Amid Load Management Drama Around Kawhi Leonard

    Bleacher Report "Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo said Wednesday he's not interested in load management and regularly tries to dissuade head coach Mike Budenholzer from making him miss games to rest. Antetokounmpo spoke with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports about the..." November 07

  • Free Agents Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then the club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 07

  • The One Department Where Giannis Antetokounmpo May Always Own Kawhi Leonard

    Complex "The building should’ve been buzzing before this one. With tons of media on hand for a nationally televised game between last season’s regular season MVP and NBA Finals MVP, Staples Center was supposed to be poppin’ for one of the season’s most eagerly anticipated..." November 07

  • Former NBA commissioner David Stern all in on sports betting

    Newsday "David Stern is no stranger to the long battle against legalized betting in American sports. In 1991, he testified in the U.S. Senate hearings that led to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The Supreme Court overturned that law 18 months ago, opening the door to..." November 07

  • Clippers' Doc Rivers Says He Hates Challenge Rule After Losing Appeal vs. Bucks

    Bleacher Report "It didn't take long for Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers to hate the new challenge rule in the NBA. "That was awful," Rivers said of an offensive foul on Lou Williams that was not overturned upon review, per Ohm Youngmisuk of..." November 07

  • Court Victory Boosts Clippers’ Arena Prospects

    Daily Breeze "Inglewood was not required to offer affordable housing developers the first right to land proposed for a $1.2 billion Los Angeles Clippers arena, a Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Daniel Murphy denied the lawsuit filed by the citizens group Uplift Inglewood Coalition a day..." November 07

  • NBA league office backs Clippers in resting Kawhi Leonard

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Clippers are managing Kawhi Leonard extremely carefully, often to the detriment of television viewers. The Clippers, so far, have decided not to let Leonard play in both legs of back-to-backs. In their first back-to-back of the season, they chose to sit him..." November 06

  • Doris Burke takes shot at Clippers star Kawhi Leonard sitting out vs. Bucks

    Clutch Points "ESPN’s Doris Burke made some interesting remarks about the Clippers’ decision to rest Kawhi Leonard for Wednesday night’s matchup against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center. Needless to say, Burke is..." November 06

  • Jalen Rose Explains Why Fans and Media Are to Blame for Load Management in the NBA

    The Big Lead "Kawhi Leonard is not playing tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. Leonard will miss his second game in eight days because of load management. Both of those games just happened to be broadcast on ESPN, so no one besides Kawhi's aching back is happy with the..." November 06

  • Clippers Targeting Next Week For Paul George’s Debut

    Hoops Rumors "Clippers forward Paul George has yet to make his debut for his new team as he continues to recovery from shoulder surgery. However, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic, it sounds like that long-awaited debut may happen sometime next week. Sources tell Amick that..." November 06

  • Kawhi Leonard out vs. Bucks - load management

    ESPN " Kawhi Leonard will sit out his second game this season due to load management and miss a marquee matchup against reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday night when the LA Clippers face the Milwaukee Bucks. Wednesday's game is the first..." November 05

  • The Biggest Sneaker Storylines of the 2019-20 NBA Season

    Complex "The NBA made its long-awaited return only a few weeks ago and has already provided fans with the buzzer beaters, scuffles, memes, and superstar performances they had been yearning for during the offseason. The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are dominating thus far as expected with the..." November 05

  • Joakim Noah Still Hoping To Sign With Contender

    NBC Sports Chicago "Former Bulls center Joakim Noah reportedly suffered what sounded like a potentially career-ending injury, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Windhorst reported the news on Monday on The Hoop Collective Podcast, but has since walked it..." November 05

  • FAA approves the bulk of Clippers’ Inglewood arena development plan

    Los Angeles Times "As the legal fight rages over the billion-dollar arena the Clippers want to build in Inglewood, plans for the project are moving forward. The Federal Aviation Administration determined last month that 37 applications covering the bulk of the proposed Inglewood Basketball and..." November 04

  • Knicks’ David Fizdale: Two ways RJ Barrett is similar to Kawhi Leonard

    New York Post "Knicks coach David Fizdale made his first RJ Barrett-Kawhi Leonard comparison Friday night, and it centered on Barrett’s cool-as-a-cucumber on-court demeanor and stamina. Barrett leads the Knicks with 36 minutes per game, and logged 39 minutes in the 104-102 loss to the..." November 04

  • Jose Calderon Announces Retirement, Joins NBPA As Special Assistant

    Real GM Basketball "Jose Calderon has announced his retirement as a player from the NBA and has joined the NBPA as a Special Assistant. The position is newly formed and a season-long position that both the union and Calderon hope will become a recurring role. " November 04

  • Clippers' Kawhi Leonard reacts to Doc Rivers comparing him to Michael Jordan

    USA Today "The words sounded pleasing to Kawhi Leonard’s ears. Just over a month before Leonard committed to play for him, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers compared Leonard’s body type to Michael Jordan on ESPN’s "SportsCenter." “I came a long way to where..." November 04

  • Doc Rivers says Kawhi Leonard, Michael Jordan comparison was 'about body types'

    The Score "The NBA fined Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers $50,000 last May for violating the anti-tampering rules when he compared then-Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard to Michael Jordan. The 58-year-old blames the media for getting him in hot water with..." November 04

  • Kawhi Leonard's evolved playmaking makes already-devastating Clippers pick-and-roll attack nearly unguardable

    CBS Sports "If you were unaware of the bond between Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell and his teammate Lou Williams, you need look no further than the wardrobe Harrell sported after the Clippers' thumping of the Golden State Warriors in the Chase Center..." November 02

  • Kawhi Leonard keeps up a lengthy postgame treatment for longevity and his son

    Yahoo! Sports "Kawhi Leonard takes postgame treatment and recovery seriously. He has been the face of “load management” in the NBA, playing only 60 regular season games last year but leading the Toronto Raptors through the playoffs to their first NBA title. It’s a focus of the..." November 02