On Monday Pierce via The Players’ Tribune announced that he will return for his 19th season then retire:
“This is it, my final season,” Pierce wrote. “It’s time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity.”
It has come down to the wire for Pierce and earlier this month Clippers coach Doc Rivers said that the 38-year-old was on the fence about returning for his another season. Rivers also indicated that he believed that Pierce has something left in the tank.
“With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team,” Pierce wrote Monday. “We’re hungry. We want to win a championship.
“After 18 NBA years, it’s hard to believe I’ll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I’m going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I’m going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal.”
Clippers Become First NBA Team to Offer Player GIF Stickers for Instagram Stories
The Los Angeles Clippers have become the first NBA team to capitalize on the social media power of Instagram, and their ‘Stories’ feature, as they will offer player GIF stickers for Instagram stories.
The Clippers venture into this sector of the social media marketing world is notable, as it will allow fans to express their fandom in a whole new way.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 1, 2018
Clippers Sign Patch Deal With Dating App Bumble
It looks like the Los Angeles Clippers are in the dating game, thanks to a new deal with dating app Bumble.
According to ESPN’s Darrell Rovell, the Clippers signed a patch deal with Bumble, a popular dating app focused on friendship and business convos, allowing women to control the dialogue by allowing them to message first in order to initial conversation.
The Clippers will debut the patch on Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans and are calling the Bumble path an “empowerment badge,” pledging to invest in promoting gender equality.
“We wanted to do something where we could really stand out and do something meaningful,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said. “The way it is positioned it becomes part of the game, so it’s an opportunity to have more meaning for everybody.”
“We’ve had tremendous respect for the team that Steve built,” said Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Bumble. “The amount of women he has in leadership positions is not something you typically see in sports.”
Ballmer stated that they will work together to expanding their programming towards furthering women in the work place and building a strong mentoring network.
“If all you are doing is selling ad space, that’s not a bad thing,” Ballmer said. “But if we are going a step further and building joint experiences with our sponsors that allow us to bring alive what we do and they do, you can’t do better than that.”
Ballmer used their promotion with Chick fil-A as an example.
“We can sell signage to Chick fil-A in the arena, but if we do it the way we do it, it’s much more impactful,” Ballmer said. “We feel the same way about what we are going to do with Bumble.”
The Clippers Divide: Chris Paul Rift With Doc Rivers Motivated Departure
Now that Chris Paul is officially a member of the Houston Rockets there will be a myriad of reports trying to break down the “hows” and “whys” of the departure of a future Hall of Fame point guard from a team that desperately needs his presence.
Let’s face it, the Los Angeles Clippers have been in a rut the past few seasons. Haunted by the ghost of NBA playoff shortcomings and frustrated that their potential was never fully realized on the floor.
While the Clippers were good, they should have been great.
And now that Paul has bolted Los Angeles to join James Harden in Houston, the details have started emerging as to what really went wrong, besides the disappointing seasons, in Los Angeles.
Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical stated that “Paul had a strong desire to play” with Harden, which motivated the Clippers to trade their franchise cornerstone. Los Angeles didn’t want to lose Paul without any compensation.
But Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers had a more interesting and direct take on Paul’s departure.
“Let’s not get that twisted. I wish him well. I have no problem with that.”
Rivers had this to say about the compensation for Paul; “Under the circumstances, I thought we did terrific. Getting Patrick Beverley and Dekker and Montrezl was very important for us.”
But Rivers wasn’t done with sounding off on the trade.
“He [Paul] left because of DJ [DeAndre Jordan], he left because of Blake [Griffin] and now he left because of Austin [Rivers],” Rivers said.
“We know he didn’t leave because of that.”
“I hate the way it ended” Rivers said. “I wish we could have ended it better, as far as winning. But as a franchise, we love where we’re at.”
SportsCenter’s Michael Eaves reported Wednesday that Paul and some teammates felt that Austin Rivers acted entitled because his father (Doc Rivers) was the coach and president of basketball operations, and that Doc coddled and favored Austin.
Eaves went on to site a source that claimed “Chris despises Doc,”.
“It led to resentment within the locker room, which often played out during games,” Eaves reported on his Facebook page.
“One of Paul’s biggest contentions with Doc was that Paul, and other players, felt Doc treated Austin more favorably than other players. He would yell at guys for certain things during games and practices but not get on Austin in the same manner for similar transgressions.”
Paul was also miffed that Rivers rejected a trade that would have landed New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Sasha Vujacic. The Clippers would have had to part with Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers.
Doc’s decision apparently showed Paul that Doc was more interested in keeping his son on the roster than acquiring the talent necessary to put the team in a better position for postseason success.
Austin has responded on Twitter to the reports.
Now Houston is moving on to the next phase of what should be an aggressive offseason.
According to ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon, the Rockets “think they are getting Carmelo Anthony or Paul George.”
The Clippers will now how to turn their attention to Blake Griffin and rebuilding a franchise in distress with the departure of one of the all-time greats.
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