Buffalo Braves 1970-71
San Diego Clippers 1978-82
San Diego Clippers 1982-84
Los Angeles Clippers 1984-2015
| Los Angeles Clippers HISTORY
Arena: Staples Center
Division Championships: 2 (2013, 2014)
NBA Titles: none
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.
Two variations of the first Braves logo
Military Veterans who have played in the NBA |
The United States Military has been a big piece of American history and American lore. Before every basketball game fans stand an honor America and the men and women who have served with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. The song immortalizes the defense of Fort McHenry from the war of 1812. The Veterans Administration (VA) estimates that 22 million Americans have served in the military. Countless famous Americans have served in the armed forces and that includes several NBA players.
During the early days of one of the NBA's precursors, the NBL, it was not uncommon for a player to leave the league to join the military. The military offered better pay and better accommodations than the league did.
World War II was nearly the end of the NBL as the majority of players left to serve. The lack of players caused the first racial integration in any major sport in American history
"Bad News" Marvin Barnes|
Fans today think that the problem of players getting into trouble is a modern issue and that players of the past were more gentlemanly. Most players of yesteryear and today are actually pretty nice guys, even the ones who get into trouble. Very few players have been truly terrible human beings, they just end up with problems and are unable to cope with them in a socially acceptable way so they end up acting out, or they get addicted to drugs.
One such player who had their career cut short by acting out and drugs was Marvin Barnes. Barnes is one of the saddest yet most interesting stories in NBA history, yet it is one with a glimmer of hope. Barnes had the nickname “Bad News Marvin” because of his off the court issues.
Some of Barnes stories are something you would expect Charlie Sheen's character from his show Two and a Half Men to do. Barnes partied with hookers, had loaded guns in his locker and did cocaine at half-time. Yet he may have been one of the most talented players of his era but he never realized his potential due to the drug use.