The Clippers faced a potential crisis this summer. They had already agreed to re-sign Austin Rivers to a three-year contract worth more than $35 million, and Jamal Crawford was threatening to leave. Losing the then-36-year-old Crawford would’ve been costly, but it wouldn’t have been devastating. The bigger issue would have been the image: keeping the coach’s son over the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. Clippers president/coach Doc Rivers calmed the brewing storm by giving Crawford a three-year, $42 million deal. But apparently the underlying tension hasn’t completely dissipated. Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report: The in-house resentment toward Austin Rivers being favored as Doc’s son, according to
Barea was ejected after pushing Griffin to the ground. Just a day after Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka were suspended for punching each other during a game, Blake Griffin and J.J. Barea got into a miniature scuffle of their own. “I gave him a little push,” Barea said, conceding to Mavs.com’s Earl K. Sneed he has no beef with Griffin .
Shaquille O’Neal will be dunking outside Staples Center forever. The Los Angeles Lakers paid the ultimate tribute to one of their greatest players on Friday, celebrating the outsized contributions and outsized personality of center Shaquille O’Neal by unveiling a mammoth statue of the Hall of Famer that will join the other iconic figures standing outside Staples Center.