Los Angeles Clippers

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The Los Angeles Clippers (branded as the LA Clippers) are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.wikipedia
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Los Angeles Lakers

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The Clippers play their home games at the Staples Center, an arena they share with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.

Pacific Division (NBA)

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The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Pacific Division in the league's Western Conference.
The division consists of five teams, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings.

Los Angeles Sparks

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The Clippers play their home games at the Staples Center, an arena they share with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Like some other WNBA teams, the Sparks have the distinction of not being affiliated with an NBA counterpart, even though the market is shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Staples Center

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The Clippers play their home games at the Staples Center, an arena they share with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The arena is home venue to the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Donald Sterling

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In 1981, the franchise was acquired by Los Angeles–based real estate mogul Donald Sterling.
Donald T. Sterling (born Donald Tokowitz, April 26, 1934) is an American businessman who was the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers professional basketball franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1981 to 2014.

Western Conference (NBA)

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The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Pacific Division in the league's Western Conference.

Bill Walton

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The franchise saw limited success on the court in its six years in San Diego despite the acquisition of star center Bill Walton, who missed nearly three full seasons due to injury upon his arrival.
Towards the end of the 1970s, his professional career began to be significantly hampered by multiple foot injuries, requiring numerous surgeries; he sat out the 1978-79 season and was signed by the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers for whom he played a sporadic and injury-plagued four seasons.

Buffalo Braves

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The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, and were one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers.
The franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1984, and is now known as the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kawhi Leonard

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In 2019, the Clippers signed two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kawhi Leonard and traded a record number of draft picks for perennial NBA All-Star Paul George.
Kawhi Anthony Leonard (, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Blake Griffin

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Between 2008 and 2017, the organization improved through the additions of players such as Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul.
Griffin was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft, and has since been a six-time NBA All-Star and a five-time All-NBA selection.

Paul George

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In 2019, the Clippers signed two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kawhi Leonard and traded a record number of draft picks for perennial NBA All-Star Paul George.
Paul Cliftonantho George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2013–14 NBA season

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In the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons, the franchise won its first division titles.
The regular season began on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, with the Indiana Pacers hosting a game against the Orlando Magic followed by the 2012–13 NBA champions Miami Heat hosting a game against the Chicago Bulls followed by the Los Angeles Lakers hosting a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Relocation of professional sports teams

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Conflicts with the Canisius Golden Griffins over the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium and the sale of the franchise led to their relocating from Buffalo, New York, to San Diego, California.

DeAndre Jordan

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Between 2008 and 2017, the organization improved through the additions of players such as Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul.
He played one season of college basketball for Texas A&M University before being selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft with the 35th overall pick.

Portland Trail Blazers

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The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, and were one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers.
Along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Buffalo Braves (now Los Angeles Clippers), the Trail Blazers entered the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team, under coach Rolland Todd.

Expansion team

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The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, and were one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers.

National Basketball Association

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The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Pacific Division in the league's Western Conference.
In 1970, the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers) all made their debuts expanding the league to 17.

Chris Paul

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Between 2008 and 2017, the organization improved through the additions of players such as Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul.
Later that summer, he was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers instead.

John Y. Brown Jr.

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As a result, after a failed attempt to sell the team to an owner who intended to move it to South Florida, Snyder sold the team to Kentucky Colonels owner John Y. Brown, Jr., who decimated the team's roster, traded away all of its stars, and drove attendance down to the point where they could break their own lease on the arena.
During the 1970s, he also owned, at various times, three professional basketball teams – the American Basketball Association's Kentucky Colonels, and the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics and Buffalo Braves (currently the Los Angeles Clippers).

1978–79 San Diego Clippers season

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Playing at the San Diego Sports Arena, the Clippers posted a record of 43–39 in their first season in California under new head coach Gene Shue, leaving them two wins shy of the final playoff spot.
They had moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California and have rechristened themselves as the San Diego Clippers.

Ralph Lawler

It was also in this first season in Southern California that long-time announcer Ralph Lawler began his association with the franchise.
Lawler is best known for his 41-year tenure as the voice of the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Clippers.

2012–13 NBA season

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In the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons, the franchise won its first division titles.
The Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Clippers at the sixth annual NBA China Games on October 11 in Beijing.

Norm Nixon

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Norman Ellard Nixon (born October 11, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball player who spent twelve seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Irv Levin

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Eventually, Brown met with Celtics owner Irv Levin in 1978 so they could trade franchise ownerships.
He was also the owner of the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics and San Diego Clippers.

Bob McAdoo

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The Braves saw some success and reached the playoffs three times, led by league Most Valuable Player (MVP) Bob McAdoo.
2 overall pick by the Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers), after rumors that contract talks between the Portland Trail Blazers and McAdoo didn't come to fruition with the first pick.