Jan 3, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis (11) tries to block a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Link Dump - Contract Year DAJ, Off-season report, Steve Ballmer, etc.

It’s been a busy week in the Clippers kingdom. Here are some of the better Clippers-related posts to appear on the interweb in the last week which includes the long-awaited transferral in ownership from Donald Sterling to Steve Ballmer, DeAndre Jordan’s importance to the club in ’14-15, and an off-season grading.

Clippers score their biggest victory – ESPN Los Angeles

The Clippers were always karmically doomed with Sterling in charge. The negative energy permeating through their offices and games was palpable. Truth be told, no one was proud to work for Sterling. They did it because it was a job they loved and it was a paycheck to support their families, and the old man in recent years was in the shadows enough to allow them to go about their lives without embarrassing them.

DeAndre Jordan’s contract year could push Clippers over the top in 2014-15 – CBS Sports

Jordan isn’t one of the best centers in the NBA across the board. He’s not going to be someone you run a lot of post plays for and he’s still a nightmare at the free throw line. But nobody rebounded like him last season and he’s turned himself into someone who finished third in Defensive Player of the Year voting. Things like that matter, especially in the development of someone who is such a deadly weapon in the pick-and-roll with a point guard like Chris Paul.

Seceding from Superstition – ESPN TrueHoop

It’s a scary thing to have beaten a curse. Gone is the comforting “it’s the Clippers” catch-all. Banned is the caricature of a villain typically situated courtside — although Shelly Sterling still retains her own set of courtside seats as a stipulation of the sale, and it seems she has every intent on using them. A goodbye wave to the perpetual anxiety cloud that floated over Staples Center, source of constant trepidation for fans, reminding them not to get their hopes up.

2014 Offseason Report: Los Angeles Clippers – CBS Sports

Overall grade and accomplishments — C-plus: I can’t actually credit the team with getting rid of Sterling, though Doc Rivers and Chris Paul certainly did their part in letting the league office know that under no circumstances could Sterling be tolerated. Still, that also doesn’t actually impact the on-court stuff, so…

The Clippers did fine. They probably added a slight upgrade in backup point guard and a veteran big who can provide scoring balance off the bench in Hawes. So that’s that.

Is the Championship Window Slowly Closing on the Los Angeles Clippers? – Bleacher Report

Cynical though it may sound to suggest Griffin’s gravity-defying dunks are bound to take their toll sooner than later—join me in knocking on the sturdiest wooden object available—it’s also wholly realistic and speaks to the risk and reward of playing Icarus in a sport where everyone is already flying way too close to the sun.

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