Buffalo Braves 1970-71
San Diego Clippers 1978-82
San Diego Clippers 1982-84
Los Angeles Clippers 1984-2015
Quick facts: Founded: 1971 Arena: Staples Center Division Championships: 2 (2013, 2014) NBA Titles: none Playoffs: 12 Best Season: 57-25 (2013-14) Worst Season: 12-70 (1986-87)What is a Clipper?
This question has left many of young NBA fans wondering, what exactly is a Clipper? Is it a pair of scissors or sheers? No! it is actually a ship and it has a specific connection to the port of San Diego.
Many Clipper style war ships were moored in San Diego during the 19th century and many were used during the California gold rush to haul gold back to the east coast of the United States via a long trip around South America. When the Braves relocated to San Diego in 1979 they chose the name Clippers because of this history.
Donald Sterling Incident
There was a lot of controversy about the sale as some felt that the NBA had acted too harshly against Sterling for one incident that was private. But at the same time, the NBA's action were likely done because of a long history of Sterling's racist and sexist antics as well as his franchise being the butt of many jokes about terrible sports franchises.
Stories of Barnes seem like something like Charlie Sheen's character in Two and a Half Men would do. Barnes kept loaded guns in his lookers, partied with hookers and did lines of cocaine at half-time. Things today that would get a player expelled from the NBA for good.