The newsroom is moving a bit slow as teams are past the free agent phase and are close to training camp. That doesn’t mean the good posts have stopped. Here are some great Los Angeles Clippers-related posts that have hit the net.
ESPN LOS ANGELES – Former Teammates Feel for Lamar Odom
We know that Lamar Odom is going through rough times. Dave McMenamin highlights how former teammates feel about the situation while injecting a personal experience into the mix.
“It sucks to hear,” Farmar said in a phone interview this week when asked about the string of misfortunes following Odom these days, from alleged drug use to an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“It’s unfortunate. A couple of us have reached out to him and haven’t heard back. That’s just a sign of him going through some tough times.”
Tough times are nothing new for Odom.
Kirks Goldberry is up to his old tricks analyzing what recently-signed Antawn Jamison brings to the Clippers offensively.
“It’s hard to judge what Jamison is bringing to the Clippers. On one hand, his poor performance last season could be blamed on that infamously rigid D’Antoni “system” that’s unable to accommodate “unusual” basketball talents like Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and Pau Gasol. On the other hand, maybe Jamison is just old and past his prime.”
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED – Offseason Grades: Los Angeles Clippers
After an eventful offseason that included the additions of Doc Rivers, J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, Ben Golliver of the Point Forward grades their efforts (hint: he gave them an A+).
“The Paul/Griffin tandem is back, Rivers in in town, the incoming perimeter pieces (Redick, Dudley, Collison, Bullock) surpass the outgoing perimeter pieces (Bledsoe, Butler, Chauncey Billups) and the new round of shaky reserve bigs looks like it will essentially be a wash. The acquisition of Garnett would have made this an A++, but the Clippers more than kept pace with their competition at the top of the Western Conference.”
Clippers.com – Clippers Shot Chart Analysis
Eric Patten takes a look at each players shooting chart to see where they’re most effective from on offense.
A lot can be learned by looking at what spots on the floor players are the most effective shooting the basketball. It can indicate where plays may be directed or who they’re directed for. It helps explain why Willie Green might settle into the right corner on a fast break (he’s a near 55-percent shooter from there) or why Blake Griffin operates from the left block more often than the right. The shot charts associated with each player’s profile is one of the standout features on NBA.com’s revamped stats page. Of course, they don’t tell the whole story—stats alone never do. But they can point you in the right direction.