CLIPPERS HISTORY ARCHIVE
1982-83 SEASON



When the 1982-83 season opened the Clippers had reason for optimism. Bill Walton, whose injured feet had limited him to only 14 games during the previous four years, was back. Tom Chambers was coming off a fine rookie campaign. And the team had added veteran guard Lionel Hollins and had picked up promising rookie Terry Cummings in the 1982 NBA Draft.

Only Chambers and Cummings performed up to expectations, however. Cummings earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors by averaging 23.7 points and 10.6 rebounds, while Chambers added 17.6 points per contest. On the downside, injuries limited Walton to 33 games and Hollins to 56.

The Clippers lost seven straight to start the season, then dropped 13 of 14 games from November 26 to December 23. On New Year's Day the club's record stood at a woeful 6-26. Head Coach Paul Silas coaxed a 14-13 performance out of his club during January and February, but San Diego then opened March by losing eight out of nine. The club won four games and lost two during the final 11 days of the month, then dropped the next nine games to finish the year at 25-57. Although this represented an eight-game improvement over the previous season, it didn't help at the box office-the team drew an average of only 3,875 fans per game.

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