The Los Angeles Clippers coaching staff had every intention for newly acquired forward Danny Granger to be active and play in tonights game versus the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center. Due to a clerical error on the “National Basketball Association – Team Roster – Active List” which is to be given to the offical scorer “Kent McLaren” 60 minutes prior to tip-off didn’t have Granger’s name and number circled which officially makes him in-active. Granger’s name was printed by hand by a member of the public relations staff under the heading: “Updated Roster Additions,” but the number on the sheet was not circled accidentally obviously. Referee Bill Spooner ruled Granger ineligible and instructed him to change back into street clothes.
Danny Granger’s name written but not circled on the active list thus making him inactive tonight. pic.twitter.com/JRdlAXjaej
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 2, 2014
Those of you who don’t know about this sheet of paper I will give you some insight on it. The document states “The Head or Assistant Coach must designate its active players by circling the 11, 12, or 13 players to be included on the team’s Active List for today’s game. Grangers name was not circled.
We don’t know who the culprit is in this case. Once it’s all set and done I assume Doc Rivers will take the blame for it and laugh it off…if the Clippers lose tonight it might not be such a laughing matter. Granger is expected to play in the next ball game depending on the coaching staffs intuition.
Arash Markazi of ESPN LA interviewed Doc River Post-Game
“The Granger thing was on me,” Rivers said. “My job is to the check it, so I’m going to have to pay a silly fine; our team instituted a silly fine, so they’re going to fine me. I don’t know what the amount will be, probably dinner. Fortunately, we didn’t need him tonight.”