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The Clippers do some Lawler-isms

By Jeff Case

For 37 years, Ralph Lawler has been the voice of the Los Angeles Clippers. For many years, he plied his craft in a form of NBA anonymity as the Clippers were routinely one of the worst teams in the league. But since Blake Griffin’s debut season in 2010-11, the Clippers have risen in profile and many of Lawler’s trademark calls (such as “the lob … the jam!” and “Bingo!” after made 3-pointers) have become more popular.

The Clippers paid tribute to Lawler on what was called “Ralph Lawler Day” and, as such, Griffin and teammats such as Paul Pierce, J.J. Redick, DeAndre Jordan and Cole Aldrich did a few Lawler-isms …


VIDEO: Clippers imitate Ralph Lawler

For comparison’s sake, here’s Lawler doing the originals …


VIDEO: Ralph Lawler-isms

… and while we’re at it, here’s a look at the great feature Clippers.com did on the man behind the mic:


VIDEO: Ralph Lawler Day tribute

A decade of the NBA on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Twitter’s tenth birthday, and over the last decade the social media platform has become an invaluable tool to use while following the NBA. Not only can fans and teams interact in real time, but NBA players and front office members have also taken to Twitter as a way to communicate with fans.

So, to celebrate Twitter’s tenth birthday, we got into the wayback machine and checked out some of our favorite NBA people’s first tweets…

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The Clippers add Mickey Mouse

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Clippers recently introduced their new mascot, Chuck, so they don’t need a new mascot. NBA teams are always in the market, however, for someone with slick passing skills. And as the Clips and Paul Pierce recently found out, Mickey Mouse knows how to make an assist…

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Jay-Z is a good NBA scout

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the Clippers/Nets game a few nights ago, the Nets hung around and kept the game competitive, until the Clippers clinched the game with a trio of alley-oops from Chris Paul to DeAndre Jordan in the game’s final three minutes. After the game, Jay-Z, who was sitting courtside, grabbed CP3 and showed he had the scouting report figured out. Good luck stopping it, though…

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Clippers introduce new mascot Chuck the Condor

LOS ANGELES, CA  - FEBRUARY 29: The Los Angeles Clippers mascot during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on February 29, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Clippers may be named for a type of boat, but when they were in need of a mascot, they turned to the animal kingdom. Last night the Clippers introduced Chuck the Condor, their new mascot. The condor is the state bird of California, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers noted that he hopes the mascot will bring them some luck…

To celebrate the new mascot, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer threw down a dunk off of a trampoline, which was pretty impressive…

Lexus made an incredible Clippers car


VIDEO: Clippers Lexus

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Years ago, when I was in Los Angeles for the NBA Finals, I had a dinner with big group of people that, coincidentally, included a man known as “Clipper Darrell.” Darrell is a Clippers super fan, who wears a red-and-blue suit to games and, as I saw later that evening in the restaurant parking lot, at least for a while drove a car that was a moving tribute to the Clips.

Well, as we see in the video below, Lexus has teamed up with the Clippers to make the ultimate Clippers car. From logos on the side, to the paint job, to having Doc Rivers screaming at you as part of the GPS, this is the most Clippers car of all time. I mean, the windshield lights up like a backboard. Check the video for more details, or click here to see more pictures and to enter to win the car. You can have Doc Rivers yelling at you every day while you’re in traffic!

Ricky Rubio experiences high and lows of the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Minnesota Timberwolves were in Los Angeles to take on the Clippers last night, and T-Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio had the opportunity to experience the joy and pain of the NBA during the same game.

The good? Check out this pass, where as Rubio is falling down he delivers a nutmeg to DeAndre Jordan…

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And then, of course, the bad, as Rubio saves a ball from going out of bounds and ends up with his hair full of popcorn…

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Curry, James, Kobe have NBA’s most popular jerseys

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 18: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors on January 18, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the recent holiday season, a bunch of people apparently got NBA jerseys as gifts — according to a release from the NBA, NBAStore.com had its largest Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) in history, with combined sales up 20 percent from the previous year. But which jerseys were the most popular? Here’s a look at the top 15 most popular jerseys, based on sales from October 2015 through December 2015, which features a conspicuous debut from one rated rookie…

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
10. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
13. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
14. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
15. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Also, here are the ten most popular teams in terms of merchandise sold…

1.  Golden State Warriors
2. Chicago Bulls
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. New York Knicks
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Miami Heat
9. Boston Celtics
10. L.A. Clippers

Basketball rims are mad at the Clippers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Chris Paul, and started throwing alley oops to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, “Lob City” was born. Fun was had by all! Well, not quite all. As it turns out, rims across the NBA were not so thrilled. In this video from Funny or Die and the Clippers, the fictional National Association of Rims asks you not to vote for the Clippers for the All-Star Game, to ensure we have an All-Star Game that’s full of jump shots.


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POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 1

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

By the way, welcome to 2016! I’m thinking we’ll continue with weekly #POSTERIZED polls until we get a little closer to the All-Star break, and then we’ll round up all the previous winners and crown a first half champ. We can do the same with the second half of the season, and then have a poll to select an overall winner as well.

Special shoutout to last week’s winner, Utah’s Alec Burks, as he goes for back-to-back wins this week. And let me say right here, I understand that Burks’ dunk this week generated some controversy — was it technically a dunk? Did he just throw the ball through the basket?

The beauty of the #POSTERIZED Poll is that it doesn’t even really matter. Did a player put someone else on a poster? Then that’s good enough for us!

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…
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