HISTORY FEATURES



THE WILD RIDE CONTINUES: 1992-93 PLAYOFF TEAM



After a look back at the Clippers 1991-92 trip to the Western Conference First Round, Clippers.com examines the 1992-93 Clippers Playoff squad who faced the No. 2 seed Houston Rockets in the First Round


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MEMORABLE MOMENTS: FIRST GAME IN L.A.


The Clippers made history on Nov. 1, 1984 when they defeated New York in their first game In Los Angeles. Clippers.com takes you back to a victorious night at the Sports Arena.


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CATCHING UP WITH TERRY CUMMINGS



Terry Cummings was a prolific scorer during his time in the NBA. A veteran of 18 NBA seasons, Cummings scored at least 17 points per game in each of his first 10 seasons and finished his career with nearly 20,000 points. He started his NBA career with the Clippers in 1982 as the second overall selection in the NBA Draft.


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CLIPPERS HOUSE OF CARDS



Baseball cards might get the bulk of the attention, but basketball cards have evolved over the years into valuable pieces of memorabilia. Check out this special slide show of Clippers basketball cards throughout the years.


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A WILD RIDE: LOOKING BACK AT THE CLIPPERS PLAYOFF TEAMS OF THE 90s



Fifty-seven seconds stood in front of the 1993 edition of the Los Angeles Clippers and a first round upset of the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Playoffs.

They had overcome a 16-point fourth quarter deficit in front of a raucous crowd at the Summit in Houston in the decisive Game 5. All-Star forward Danny Manning made a difficult baseline runner over Otis Thorpe. Ron Harper followed with a coast-to-coast layup. The basket and subsequent foul led to a Rockets timeout. And the Clippers had come all the way back to take the lead, 80-79.


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LIGHTING IT UP WITH LAMOND MURRAY



Of the 31 lottery selections in Clippers history, not many have been as complete of a college player as Lamond Murray. A 6-foot-7 small forward, he could operate anywhere on the floor, had a sweet left-handed jumper, and was big enough and quick enough to guard multiple positions.

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RALPH LAWLER'S TOP 10 MOST MEMORABLE CLIPPERS PERSONALITIES



The Voice of the Clippers, Ralph Lawler lists his top ten Clippers personalities over the years. Find out who made this memorable list.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE 3-POINTER



The 3-point shot. The trifecta. The trey. The longball. For 32 years, NBA teams, to varying degrees, have utilized 3-pointers to change games. At the same time, the shot has also altered how teams are assembled and game plans are designed. From former Clipper Brian Taylor to Larry Bird to Reggie Miller to dozens of 3-point specialists today, the course of recent NBA history is deeply connected to the evolution of shooting from beyond the arc. Here's a breakdown of how the 3-point shot became what it is today, including a look at some of the best Clippers shooters from distance. Call it a brief history of "Biiiingo."

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THE NBA'S FIRST 3-POINT THREAT



Brian Taylor has often said his 10 years in professional basketball "went by too fast." It may have. But it's safe to say he made the most of it. Taylor's career is somewhat of a remarkable connection between the run-and-gun ABA days and its merge with the NBA, which occurred four years after his professional debut. He started alongside Julius Erving on two New York Nets title teams, winning the last championship by toppling the Denver Nuggets in a six game series and what turned out to be the final game of the ABA.

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RALPH REMEMBERS: BRENT BARRY



I enjoyed being around Brent Barry about as much as I did any player to ever wear a Clipper uniform. He came into the league out of Oregon State in 1995. He’d had a fine college career and was chosen with pick 15 in the first round of the draft by the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers pulled off a daring draft day trade that year sending their draft choice (No. 2 pick Antonio McDyess) and little used bench warmer Randy Woods to the Nuggets for the rights to Barry and versatile power forward Rodney Rogers.

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RALPH REMEMBERS: STANLEY ROBERTS



“He brought joy to everyone but himself.”

That statement pretty much sums up the life and times of former Clippers center Stanley Roberts, who played in Los Angeles from 1992-97.

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RALPH REMEMBERS: LARRY BROWN


Larry Brown is many things to many people: Brilliant teacher, hoop lifer, a never satisfied genius or basketball vagabond. He has been coaching the game since 1972.

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SIEMAN SAYS: SIX MONTHS IN THE MINORS



Love, money, greed, violence and hoops….It sounds like a promo for “Basketball Wives” or another Shaquille O’Neal movie. But sadly, there is no Hollywood setting here. It all took place in Rock Island, Illinois which made up 25 percent of the Quad Cities represented by the Quad City Thunder located in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa during my time in the CBA.

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CATCHING UP WITH POOH RICHARDSON


When the Clippers acquired guard Jerome “Pooh” Richardson from Indiana prior to the 1994-95 season, fans were excited about the player coming to L.A. because of his on-court skill and because he was a well-known commodity.

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CLIP FILES: SWEN NATER



Won two titles at UCLA with Bill Walton playing under John Wooden...Selected in the ABA and NBA draft...Won the 1973-74 ABA Rookie of the Year Award...Led the ABA in field goal percentage (.552) his rookie season...Led the ABA in rebounds per game (16.4) in the 1974-75 season...Two-time ABA All-Star...

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RALPH REMEMBERS: DEREK SMITH



Who is the all-time Greatest Clipper with the last name of Smith? Here it is as a multiple choice quiz.

Take your pick:

A. Charles Smith B. Randy Smith C. Derek Smith D. Michael Smith

You have to be a long-time Clipper fan to remember any of those players. If you chose “A.” or “B.” there is plenty of evidence to make your case. If you chose “D” I suspect you are a member of Mike’s immediate family, but if you chose “C.” you move to the head of the class.

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CLIP FILES: BOB MCADOO


Bob McAdoo was an All-American at the University of North Carolina, selected by the Buffalo Braves with the 2nd overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft. He was the 1972-73 NBA Rookie of the Year averaging 18 points and 9.1 rebounds a game and won the scoring title the following season by averaging 30.6 points per game on a league best 54.7 percent shooting from the field.

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BILL WALTON - LIFE AFTER BASKETBALL


"Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce my partner, my pal, the former Clipper, the former Trailblazer, the former Celtic, - (wait, let me get all this in) - former UCLA Bruin, collegiate All-American, NBA MVP, two-time NBA Champion and Hall of Famer, the big red head, Bill Walton!"

Whew. That was a mouthful during the 12 seasons I worked Clipper telecasts with Bill Walton at my side.

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CATCHING UP WITH MICHAEL CAGE


A wildly popular member of the Clippers, power forward Michael Cage was an inaugural member of the Los Angeles Clippers team that began play in L.A. in 1984 after relocating from San Diego. Selected by the Clippers with the 14th pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, Cage played the first four seasons of his 15-year NBA career in Los Angeles.

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RALPH REMEMBERS:
BILL WALTON - THE CLIPPER YEARS


May 13, 1979 � �BILL WALTON A CLIPPER.� An airplane carried the banner message high in the sky above Mission Bay on the San Diego coast. I learned of this possibility a few days earlier while driving home from a daily racquetball match with San Diego Clipper head coach Gene Shue. He said: �I think we have Walton.� I almost drove off the road.

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CATCHING UP WITH SEAN ROOKS


The well-traveled Rooks played for seven NBA teams and seemed to have a different role with each club he suited up for, but it was two stops in his adopted hometown that really stand out for the 6-10 pivotman. Rooks was born in New York but grew up in Southern California. He starred at Fontana High School and ultimately played for both the Clippers (2000-03) and the Lakers (1996-99). With the Clips, Rooks was versatile � he alternated between coming off the bench and starting -- and he was a leader off the court, a position he said he took great pride in.

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RALPH REMEMBERS:
BILL WALTON - THE EARLY YEARS


I first saw Bill Walton play when he was a 17 year old senior at Helix High School in San Diego in 1970. It was unforgettable. He was nearly 7-feet tall with soft hands, quick feet and incredible basketball instincts. On a list of the best high school basketball players I ever saw � a list that includes Paul Westphal at Aviation High in Redondo Beach � Walton ranks a clear-cut #1.

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CATCHING UP WITH CHARLES SMITH


Charles Smith, who starred at the power forward/center position for the Clippers during his first four NBA seasons, almost never suited up for Los Angeles. Though he did break in with the club as a rookie in 1988, on draft day the former Big East Player of the Year and bronze medal winner with the 1988 Men�s Olympic Team initially wore a Philadelphia 76ers hat on stage after the Sixers made him the third selection in that summer�s NBA Draft.

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CLIP FILES: ERNIE DIGREGORIO



Ernie DiGregorio was an NCAA All-American at Providence in 1972-3, helping lead the Friars to the Final Four that year. He was selected 3rd overall by the Buffalo Braves in the 1973 NBA Draft and would subsequently be named 1973-74 NBA Rookie of the Year with averages of 15.2 points per game and a league-best 8.2 assists a game.
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RALPH REMEMBERS: WORLD B. FREE


LLOYD FREE was a bigger than life guard for the original Clipper team in San Diego in 1978. This young man was a piece of work and a real genuine original. Free was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Brooklyn before attending school at tiny Guilford College in North Carolina. In his freshman season, he led them to the NAIA Championship and would go on to be a second round draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975. They called him the "Prince of Mid-Air" and "All World" before he legally changed his name to World B. Free.
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LOOKING BACK: GARY GRANT



Former point guard Gary Grant played 13 NBA seasons for four different NBA teams, but the man known affectionately as "The General" will always be remembered for his time with the Clippers.

One of the top all-around guards in the NBA during his time with the Clippers, Grant played seven seasons (1989-95) in Los Angeles before retiring in 2001 after 552 NBA regular season contests. Grant's nightly enegy he provided on the court quickly made him a fan-favorite.
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LOOKING BACK: RANDY SMITH



Back in 1971, the NBA Draft was sort of like an Ironman contest for general managers. Essentially, teams would draft players until they got tired of drafting, or just ran out of names that they knew. Think a two round draft can take some time? Try a 19 rounder. Of course, most of the players taken so late in these drafts weren't expected to ever set foot in an NBA arena unless they had a ticket stub in their hand. In the rare chance a guy made a roster, he wasn't expected to actually contribute. And certainly, without any doubt, a guy taken that late was never expected to become a star. Randy Smith was just supposed to be another guy.

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CATCHING UP WITH BILL WALTON



Remembered as one of the greatest and also most injured players in NBA history, Bill Walton is known simply as a basketball legend. A two-time NCAA and NBA Champion, Walton was the 1977-78 NBA MVP and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. Walton spent four injury-plagued seasons with the San Diego and Los Angeles Clippers from 1979-1985, appearing in 169 games and averaging 11.8 points and 9.0 rebounds. Walton retired from the NBA in 1987 and started his successful broadcasting career as a Clippers announcer in 1990.

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