Tag - clippers

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Clippers defeat Portland for Game 1
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Chris Paul launches CP3 IX at the Kings of So Cal Tournament
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Chris Paul hosts “The 8″ AAU Touranment in Vegas (Day 02)
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BET Weekend hosts Dunk Contest
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Baron Davis continues birthday at Skateland
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Chris Paul Serves Dinner for Charity
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Drew League Week 09 – Saturday
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Clippers return to Staples Center for first time since Donald Sterling ban
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Cassy Athena takes pictures as an official NBA photographer
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John Wall presented with painting

Clippers defeat Portland for Game 1

TThe NBA Playoffs have officially started! Los Angeles kicked off the matchup between the Portland Trailblazers and LA Clippers. The Clippers took control of the game and took home with win 115-95. Stay tuned to see who advances! Check out some of the pics below:

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Chris Paul launches CP3 IX at the Kings of So Cal Tournament

SSanta Monica Pier was the breathtaking location for the Kings of So Cal tournament this year! Jordan Brand built an entire court in the middle of the Pier – something that has never been done before. This was not only a showcase for the top talent in southern California, but also a launch for the newest Jordan Brand sneaker – the Chris Paul IX’s. There were 4 teams total – each team rocked a different color way of the sneaker. There were also different stations set up around the pier where people could try on the sneaker and do different activities.

The tournament kicked off with Los Angeles vs The Valley. The Valley took control early on in the game and took the win. The next game was Orange County vs Inland Empire. IE are the defending champions from last year’s tournament. They also took a major lead in this game and took the win. Before the championship game began, there was a dunk contest with some impressive players. Chris Paul stopped by with his son Chris to interact with the players and check out all of the Jordan Brand stations set up. The championship game was a great match up with two very good teams. Unfortunately, the marine layer came in strong and the floor started to get slippery, causing the game to end before it was over.

Overall it was an amazing location with really great high school talent! Looking forward to seeing the other exciting events that Jordan Brand will put together! Check out the photo gallery below

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Chris Paul hosts “The 8″ AAU Touranment in Vegas (Day 02)

DDay 02 of CP3’s tournament included more exciting games with the top high school talent in the country. CP3 All Stars took on Jabari Parker’s team. Check out the photos below!

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BET Weekend hosts Dunk Contest

TThe dunk contest for during the BET Experience this year was exciting! Some of the best dunkers around the world came out to show off their skills. The celebrity guest judges were NBA players John Wall, Zach LaVine and Glen “Big Baby” Davis. It was a close call, but French dunker Guy Dupuy won the contest! Check out the photos below

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Baron Davis continues birthday at Skateland

TTo continue the birthday festivities, Baron Davis celebrated with his friends and family at Skateland in Northridge! It was impressive seeing all the skating skills, but most of all, it was a great time! Check out the pictures below

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Chris Paul Serves Dinner for Charity

LLos Angeles Clipper Chris Paul hosted a diner in Beverly Hills to raise money for his foundation “CP3 Foundation”. The dinner was open to anyone who wanted to donate the big price for the donation – but it was very well worth it! The servers for the night were a celebrity cast that included everyone from Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul, Baron Davis, Justin Turner and more. Check out some of the red carpet pictures below!

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Drew League Week 09 – Saturday

AAfter all of the excitement at the Drew League last weekend, this weekend brought out the long lines and flooded stands. The Monster Matchup of the game included a battle of the number 1 spot – Hank’s Houdini’s All-Stars and Cheaters 1. Both teams are coached by 2 legends in the Drew League – Allen Caveness and Casper Ware Sr. Their teams have dominated because of the teamwork that their players display on the floor. Some teams have a 1-on-1 strategy that is not as effective, but the team chemistry and coaching knowledge of these two teams makes them a great challenge and fun to watch.  Baron Davis, Money Mike and Ekene Ibekwe (Cheaters 1) were key in keeping their team on the right track. Ultimately, Cheaters 1 took the victory 85-76.

Casper Ware Jr. also came out to play with Cheaters 2. Casper won MVP of the Drew League during the NBA lockout in 2011. With scheduling conflicts and summer time activities, a lot of the bigger names weren’t able to make it out to the games Saturday. Check out the photo gallery below!

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Clippers return to Staples Center for first time since Donald Sterling ban

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The morning before the game 5 playoff between the Clippers and the Warriors, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Clipper owner Donald Sterling would be fined 2.5 million dollars for his racist statements, along with a lifetime ban from any NBA related activities. Just hours after this news released, I headed down to staples center to see how the atmosphere was at the game. There were many fans outside protesting against Donald Sterling remaining the owner. Because many of the sponsors had also pulled out from working with the Clippers, there was a very different atmosphere – It was quiet and a bit sad before the game started. Before the players came out, we as fans were urged to stand as one and support these Clippers players who are out here fighting for a championship despite all of the controversy. The Clippers stated, “We Are One”. The fans really got up the energy which fed the players throughout the game. As the players continued to play well, it livened up the entire arena – ultimately resulting in a Win for the Clippers. They will be headed to Golden State to play game 6 of the series. Check out the video below for a recap

 

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Cassy Athena takes pictures as an official NBA photographer

One of my dreams was to be a photographer in the NBA. I was given this opportunity by Fox Sports. I not only was documenting the experience of being at a LA Clippers home game, but Fox was also going to document my experience of shooting my first game. I had the most amazing time! I got to Staples Center a few hours before tip-off to make myself familiar with the venue and everything going on. Sitting on the floor under the basket was a surreal experience. Getting to look out at and see thousands of people was amazing. After my nerves calmed down, I felt right at place and in my element of shooting a basketball game. With the help of my friend DeAndre Jordan, I was able to capture one of the coolest pictures I’ve taken of him, Blake and Ronny on the bench. After the game I talked with DeAndre and Blake about my first time shooting a game and they were very supportive and took pictures to be apart of it as well! I look forward to being apart of more NBA events, it was great!

 

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John Wall presented with painting

One of my biggest passions is art – everything from digital media to fine arts. I painted a portrait of my friend John Wall from the Washington Wizards. He’s been injured the majority of the season, but luckily 1 week before he came to play in Los Angeles against the Clippers, he returned to the court. When he came to LA, I got to head down to the game and watch him play! Truly a talented basketball player. After the game I gave him the painting and he loved it! Good luck to John!

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