Buffalo Braves 1970-71

Braves 1971-78

San Diego Clippers 1978-82

San Diego Clippers 1982-84

Los Angeles Clippers 1984-2015


2015-Present

Los Angeles Clippers HISTORY

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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
In April 2014 private recordings on Clippers owner Donald Sterling were made public, the recordings had some racist comments in them. The backlash forced Sterling to sell the Clippers after 33 years of ownership and banned him from the NBA for life.

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.


Bad News Marvin Barnes:
Fans today think that the players today are out of control and that their predecessors were perfect gentleman. While it is true there are more NBA player arrests today, but there are also more Americans in general getting arrested. None of today's players have anything on Marvin Barnes.

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.


Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan are the new face of the Clippers and are having the best success in franchise history.

Elton Brand was part of a Clippers resurgence in the early 2000s.

Charles Smith was a key player on the early 90s Clippers playoff teams.


Bill Walton joined the Clippers after he left Portland.

Randy Smith was one of the first stars of the Buffalo Braves.

1971-72 Braves

Two variations of the first Braves logo

 
 

 

 

 

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