Clippers will have 26 nationally-televised games next season

With the excitement surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers after signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George, you knew that we would see a lot of their games on national television. The L.A. Clippers tip off the 2019-20 NBA regular season, pon Tuesday, October 22 at STAPLES Center, hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 p.m. P.T. on TNT. This game marks the first of the Clippers’ franchise-high 26 nationally-televised games across ABC, ESPN, and TNT.

The Clippers will play seven of their first 10 regular season games at home, highlighted by Opening Night, as well as match-ups against the Milwaukee Bucks (Nov. 6) and the Portland Trailblazers (Nov.7).

The Clippers’ 26 nationally-televised games are comprised of four ABC broadcasts, 11 TNT broadcasts and 11 ESPN broadcasts including the Clippers’ Christmas Day bout against the Los Angeles Lakers.

This season, L.A. will play 13 back-to-back games and travel a total of 46,333 miles, including the team’s longest road trip, a six-game, eleven-day trip from January 18-28. The longest homestretch for the team is five games from October 31-November 11.

The Clippers face every team in the Western Conference a total of four times (two home and two away), with the exception of the Dallas Mavericks, the Denver Nuggets, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trailblazers, who they play three times each.

The L.A. Clippers 2019-20 regular season schedule can be found HERE.

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Report: Leonard, George to the Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have just broken the internet. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers will sign free agent Kawhi Leonard, but it does not stop there. The Clippers have acquired OKC’s Paul George in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick, and two pick swaps, according to Wojnarowski.

This is a stunner. Many believed Leonard was going to sign with either the Lakers or Raptors, but in the end, the Clippers got it done.

There is going to be a lot of great basketball at Staples Center next season.

NBA announces 2018-19 All-Defensive team

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the league announced today.

The three finalists for the 2018-19 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award finished with nearly identical point totals as the top vote-getters for the NBA All-Defensive Teams.

The 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team features Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (145 points; 63 First Team votes) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (100 points; 36 First Team votes).  Smart and Bledsoe are both first-time selections to an NBA All-Defensive Team.

The 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of  Philly’s Joel Embiid, New Orleans’ Jrue Holiday, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard. The NBA All-Defensive First Team consists of Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Oklahoma City’s Paul George, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe and Boston’s Marcus Smart.

The winner of the 2018-19 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award will be revealed at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  The third annual NBA Awards, honoring this season’s top performers, will take place at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

2018-19 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
Position Player, Team 1st Team (2 Pts.) 2nd Team (1 Pt.) Total Points All-Defensive Selections
Center Rudy Gobert, Utah 97 2 196 3 (three 1st)
Forward Paul George, Oklahoma City 96 3 195 4 (two 1st, two 2nd)
Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee 94 5 193 2 (one 1st, one 2nd)
Guard Marcus Smart, Boston 63 19 145 1
Guard Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee 36 28 100 1

 

2018-19 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
Position Player, Team 1st Team (2 Pts.) 2nd Team (1 Pt.) Total Points All-Defensive Selections
Guard Jrue Holiday, New Orleans 31 28 90 2 (one 1st, one 2nd)
Guard Klay Thompson, Golden State 23 36 82 1
Center Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 4 72 80 2 (two 2nd)
Forward Draymond Green, Golden State 2 57 61 5 (three 1st, two 2nd)
Forward Kawhi Leonard, Toronto 5 29 39 5 (three 1st, two 2nd)

 


Paul George returns to OKC; Westbrook, George celebrate(Video)

Happy days are here again in OKC. Paul George will return to the Thunder on a four-year deal worth $137 million, according to ESPN. The five-time All-Star announced his decision at a party hosted by Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

George, who was acquired by OKC from the Pacers last summer, was expected by many to go to the Lakers, but he fell in love with OKC.

The rest is history!

 

Why Paul George’s ESPN series is bad for the Lakers

Coming into the summer of 2018, it seemed like it was a foregone conclusion that Paul George was going to the Lakers. We have been hearing about George to the Lakers for past few years. Even before he was traded to OKC, you thought George would end up with the Lakers.

Now, with reports that the Lakers are concerned that George may sign elsewhere; George to the Lakers may never happen.

Here is another reason why George to L.A. may not happen. The 28-year-old George, who is a California native, has a three-part series airing on ESPN’s SportsCenter, which is documenting his free-agent decision.

The last man to have something similar was LeBron James back in 2010. James had a show titled The Decision. On this show,  which aired on ESPN, James announced his free agent decision. As we all know, James decided to leave Cleveland and take his talents to South Beach.

James took a massive beating from many different places after The Decision show. In Cleveland, his jersey was burned, and he was ripped mercilessly by players, media members, and fans alike. James, who was loved by many, became a villain.

The kind of backlash James received would not have happened if he did The Decision show and stayed in Cleveland.

“If I had to go back on it, I probably would do it a little bit different,”  James said in October 2010.

George does not seem like a guy who would be comfortable being a villain, and that is what he could become if he announces he is going elsewhere on ESPN.

With that being said, don’t expect George to leave the Thunder. He saw the backlash LeBron received eight years ago. He knows what could happen when you publicly diss a franchise on national TV.

Expect Part 3 of  “Paul George: My Journey,” to end with the five-time All-Star returning to Oklahoma City.

Devean George on what L.A should do with I.T.: ‘It depends on what they might do this summer’

The Los Angeles Lakers have put themselves in position to be players during free agency this summer.

Los Angeles traded away Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to Cleveland for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round pick before the trade deadline, which helped put the Lakers in position to possibly grab two max players this summer.

One question the Lakers will have to answer this offseason is what to do with Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas, who can be a free agent at the end of the season, is still working his way back from a hip injury.

With Lonzo Ball’s size, there is the possibility that the two could play together in the Lakers’ backcourt.

Former Lakers F Devean George is not opposed to Ball and Thomas playing together, but wants to see what happens this summer:

“They’re the same position, but they do different things,” George told TMZ Sports. “I.T. coming in trying score that thang, and you got somebody trying dish it, so it might be able to work. It depends on what they might do this summer.”

I think if the Lakers strike out on LeBron James and Paul George that Thomas is not a bad option, especially if he healthy. He could be a nice compliment to Ball.

However, I would be surprised if Thomas is a Laker next season. They have bigger fish to fry!

 

Cavs were close to getting Paul George?

On Monday, it was reported that LeBron James was unhappy and frustrated with the Cavaliers’ offseason. James was hoping that Cleveland would do more to improve the talent of the team.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland was close to doing something big! Woj, who was on ESPN’s The Jump on Tuesday, said the Cavaliers and Pacers were so close to a deal that Indiana was going to give Paul George permission to talk to Cavs owner Dan GIlbert.

As it turns out, the deal was nixed by the Pacers, and Indy decided to trade George to OKC. George to Cleveland would have made LeBron happy, and it would have given the Cavs a better chance of beating the Warriors.

Listen below:

LeBron can opt out of his contract next summer. If things don’t change in Cleveland, could “King James” go elsewhere?  Anything is possible!

 

Paul George on why he wanted to leave Indy: ‘I kind of felt a rebuild coming’

Thunder F Paul George played with the Pacers for seven years. During that time, George and the Pacers went to the Eastern Conference Finals twice, but ran into LeBron and the Heat. Over time, the Pacers got old, and ultimately, they went from the top of the Eastern Conference to barely making the playoffs the past two years.

George, who told the Pacers that he would not return to the team at the end of next season, explained to SI’s Lee Jenkins why he was going to leave the Pacers in the summer of 2018:

 “Here I am, the last guy, and I kind of felt a rebuild coming. I felt like the window had closed. I thought they were going in a different direction and I wanted to go in a different direction.

Ultimately, George was traded to OKC, and is very happy to get the help that he needs to compete:

“I’m thrilled,” George says. “All I was asking for was a little help in Indy. Now I’m getting a lot of help in Oklahoma.”

If things go well in OKC, George would be willing to stay with the Thunder:

“I grew up a Lakers and a Clippers fan. I idolized Kobe. There will always be a tie here, a connection here. People saying I want to come here, who doesn’t want to play for their hometown? That’s a dream come true, if you’re a kid growing up on the outskirts of L.A., to be the man in your city. But it’s definitely been overstated. For me, it’s all about winning. I want to be in a good system, a good team. I want a shot to win it. I’m not a stats guy. I’m playing this game to win and build a legacy of winning. I’ve yet to do that. I’m searching for it. If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I’d be dumb to want to leave that.”

If a few things go right, the Thunder could make it to the conference finals, but beating the Warriors is a long shot!i

Report: Paul George traded to OKC

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Pacers have traded Paul George to OKC for Victor Oladipo and Domantis Sabonis.

Obviously, Russell Westbrook is excited! This one is a shocker!

John Wall on Wizards: ‘We are one piece away’

The Washington Wizards were one game away from making the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Unfortunately for Washington, they would lose to Boston in game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. All-star point guard John Wall believes his Wizards need another star to be serious contenders in the Eastern Conference.  The star that Wall wants to get is Indiana’s Paul George. The 27-year-old George has been recently linked to the Cavaliers in a rumored three-team deal. George has told the Pacers that he will opt out of his contract at the end of next season, and will look to move on to another team.

Wall had this to say to ESPN’s The Undefeated:

“Look at our team. We are one piece away. We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man (Otto Porter Jr.) did great for us. You can’t take nothing away from what he did. But, [Paul George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It’s a piece that you’re going to need to win. If you don’t have a guy who can do that, you don’t have a chance.” 

Wall told The Undefeated that he would try to recruit George, with the hope that he can get George to request a trade to the Wizards.

If the Wizards can find a way to get George, they definitely could compete with Cleveland. Many believed that Washington could have given the Cavaliers a much harder test than the Celtics did in the Eastern Conference Finals this year.

Wall is right, Washington is one piece away, but to get George might be a long shot for the Wizards, especially since George can opt of his contract and become a free agent at the end of next season. Plus, George is reportedly interested in being with the Lakers at some point. Therefore, it could be just a one year thing.

Wall and the Wizards may have to look elsewhere to find that missing piece.