October 26, 2020, 1:24 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Per Marc Stein, the Clippers have interviewed former NBA champion and finals MVP Chauncey Billups for an assistant coaching position on head coach Ty Lue's staff.
Billups was previously rumored to be in consideration for multiple head coaching positions, most of which have now been filled by other candidates. The Clippers are also reportedly considering Kenny Atkinson for an assistant coaching position. If Lue decides to bring on both Billups and Atkinson, he would have one of the most star-studded staffs in the league.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
October 18, 2020, 2:19 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Stephen A. Smith is hearing that Kawhi Leonard has "privately clamored" for the Clippers to add a point guard.
A rough postseason put the Clippers' flaws on full display, and the lack of a true orchestrator was a major problem. Patrick Beverley is a tenacious defender but doesn't necessarily fit the mold of a traditional point guard, so adding a real playmaker to help alleviate the pressure on the Clippers' top talent should be a major priority this offseason. The organization has hitched its wagon to Leonard so we'd expect his input to play a big role in the team's future moves.
Source: Stephen A. Smith on First Take
October 15, 2020, 3:02 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have hired Ty Lue to be their next head coach per Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Clippers will sign him to a five-year deal and his staff will include Chauncey Billups as an assistant coach along with Larry Drew.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
October 14, 2020, 2:00 pmKawhi LeonardTeam, Los Angeles Clippers
On Tuesday, the Clippers interviewed Sam Cassell for their head coaching position that became available when Doc Rivers was dismissed.
Cassell spent six years as an assistant to Rivers, so he is familiar with the organization. However, he is merely one of several potential candidates, which include Mike Brown and Ty Lue.
Source: Brad Turner on Twitter
October 10, 2020, 6:17 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Mike Brown recently interviewed for the head coaching position with the Clippers, making a strong impression on those involved, per Marc Stein.
While there has been no formal indication as to who the Clippers are going to go with, Brown has clearly put himself in the running for the recently vacated head coaching position. Ty Lue had been viewed as the early favorite to secure the role after management opted to part ways with Doc Rivers. Both Brown and Lue have previous head coaching experience and would bring a wealth of experience to the role. Stay tuned for further updates over the coming weeks.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
September 29, 2020, 8:33 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marc Stein of NY Times is reporting that Jeff Van Gundy and Ty Lue have emerged as the early favorites to become the next head coach of the Clippers.
Lue appears to suddenly be in great demand around the league with the Sixers, the Pelicans and the Rockets reportedly after him. The report says that the Clippers may have decided to part ways with Doc Rivers because they didn’t want to lose him to a contender, although this seems to be a stretch. Van Gundy meanwhile hasn’t coached an NBA team since back in 2007 when he spent four years with the Rockets. Look for more names to come up in the next few days although it’s almost certain that the Clippers will hire a veteran coach.
Source: NY Times
September 28, 2020, 5:30 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Doc Rivers's tenure with the Clippers appears to have come to an end, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, although the exact details are yet to be revealed.
While this does come as somewhat of a shock, the writing may have been on the wall, so to speak. The Clippers were unceremoniously ousted from the playoffs, bringing to an end what was seen as their best chance for a title. While the blame can be placed on any number of individuals, the chemistry within the team appeared to be an ongoing issue. Rivers has put together an impressive coaching resume and if he elects to remain as a lead man, he should have no trouble finding a willing suitor for the upcoming season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 16, 2020, 3:59 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard is joined by Nikola Jokić, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Pascal Siakam on the 2019-20 All-NBA Second Team.
Siakam narrowly edged out Jayson Tatum for the honor of being on the Second Team as he even received a first-place vote. This is Siakam's first All-NBA award. Leonard received the most first place votes (39) out of anyone not named to the First Team while the Joker got 21. Lillard received his fifth All-NBA award but has only been nominated to the First Team once in his career back in 2017-18. CP3 earns his ninth All-NBA award in his 15th season, something that would have surprised some people at the beginning of this campaign.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 16, 2020, 2:51 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard had arguably his worst game since arriving in Orlando, putting up just 14 points on a less-than-ideal 6-of-22 shooting, chipping in six rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 44 minutes during Tuesday's Game 7 loss to the Nuggets.
Leonard scored fewer than 20 points for just the second time in his last 24 games, saving one of his poorer performances for what was a must-win game. A season full of hope came crashing down as the Clippers squandered a 3-1 series lead against a Nuggets team that simply performed better as a unit. Many have questioned Leonard's decision to leave the Raptors and this only adds fuel to the fire. Given the way they ended the season, the Clippers are going to come out next season with a lot to prove.
September 13, 2020, 4:12 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard finished Sunday's 111-98 Game 6 loss with 25 points (8-of-18 FG, 3-of-5 3PM), eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 42 minutes.
Leonard and Paul George combined for 58 points while the rest of the starters contributed just nine total points. If the Clippers hope to advance to their first ever Western Conference Finals, they will need more contribution elsewhere on the roster. Marcus Morris scored just five points on 1-of-5 shooting in 30 minutes while Patrick Beverley had just two points and zero defensive stats before fouling out in just 18 minutes of action. Ivica Zubac also disappointed with two points on 1-of-6 shooting even though he was able to grab 12 boards and swat away two shots. We may see a change in the starting lineup based on Sunday's dismal performance by the starters not named Leonard and George.
September 11, 2020, 10:33 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard paced the Clippers with 36 points in Friday's loss to the Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, adding in nine boards, four assists and three steals.
Leonard actually led all scorers with his 36, tying his highest scoring mark in the playoffs thus far (August 21 vs. Dallas). The Clippers would obviously have liked to close it out on Friday but will have another chance to do so in Game 6 on Sunday. The Clippers still have to like their chances with two premier players in Leonard and Paul George. Their supporting cast, which consists of the likes of Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, and Ivica Zubac, is nothing to sneeze at, either. Leonard and the Clippers will once again look to send the Nuggets home on Sunday in Game 6.
September 10, 2020, 12:10 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard had a jam-packed line in Wednesday’s 96-85 win over the Nuggets with 30 points (10-of-22 FG, 8-of-8 FT), 11 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two blocks.
Kawhi put on a brilliant all-around performance to bring the Clippers within one game of their first ever Western Conference finals appearance. While he struggled a tad from three and from the line in prior two games, that’s certainly all noise given his pedigree. Kawhi still isn't getting consistently great contributions from his teammates so the lengths his claws can take this team will certainly be tested if they advance to the next round.
September 8, 2020, 6:59 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
The accolades continue to roll in for Bam Adebayo who was selected to his first NBA All-Defensive team, named alongside Brook Lopez, Kawhi Leonard, Eric Bledsoe and Patrick Beverley as a member of the Second-team.
Adebayo was certainly a deserving selection to the Second-team after a breakout season with the Heat. He is joined by a fellow first-timer in Lopez who continues to thrive as a shot-blocking powerhouse for the Bucks. Leonard makes his third appearance on the Second-team to go with his three First-team selections. Bledsoe, who was named to the First-team last season, makes his first appearance on the Second-team, while Beverley was selected for the second time in his career.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
September 7, 2020, 11:58 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting while chipping in 14 boards with six dimes, two blocks and a triple in Monday's Game 3 win.
Leonard did his usual work in the post, which is good, because his outside shot wasn't falling (1-for-6 3PTM). The Klaw handed out a team-high six assists tonight as well, highlighting another area of his game that has massively improved over the last few seasons. He made crucial buckets late in the fourth and had an amazing block on a Jamal Murray dunk attempt in the last period as well. He's arguably the best player in basketball as of right now.
September 6, 2020, 12:21 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi could barely buy a bucket in Saturday's Game 2 loss to the Nuggets, hitting just 4-of-17 shots from the field to finish the night with 13 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one block.
Leonard did manage to flirt with a triple-double, but the Clippers him to get back in form and score at a more efficient rate. If this keeps up, the Clippers will not be able to just trade baskets with the Nuggets, as seen by tonight's results. He should bounce back in the next game, making this series one of the most exciting ones to watch among the ones that are still currently on going.