The Los Angeles Clippers are a professional basketball team playing under the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the Western conference of the Pacific division. The team was established in the year 1970. The team is currently owned by Steve Ballmer and Tyronn Lue is the head coach. Red, White and Blue are the official team colors.
Along with the Clippers which were well known by the name of Buffalo Braves at that time, there were only two other teams, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Cleveland Cavaliers that had joined the NBA in the 1970-71 season. The team’s first head coach for the 1970-71 season was Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes.
In the 1974-75 season the Clippers entered the playoffs for the very first time in their franchise history. Bob McAdoo was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, averaging 34.5 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.12 blocks per game, while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 80.5 percent from the free-throw line. In the following season the Clippers once again made it to the playoffs but were driven out in the opening round itself. Star player McAdoo was also sold to the New York Knicks due to financial crisis at the end of the season.
The Los Angeles Clippers in 1984 was shifted to Los Angeles in California and began to play at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The head coach was Jim Lynam and the new players were Harvey Catchings, Junior Bridgeman and Marques Johnson all of which were traded from the Milwaukee Bucks. In the first season this team had a 31-51 record which was a very disappointing one. The Clippers posted the 2nd worst record of 12-70 in the 1986-87 season in the history of NBA and narrowly avoided the worst record of all times of 9-73 that was set in 1972-73 by the Philadelphia 76ers.
In the 1991-92 season the Clippers made yet another change in the coach. Larry Brown was appointed as the new coach. Larry led the team with 45-37 record at the end of the season. It was the franchises first wining season after a long period of 13 years. The team also achieved a record which was better than the Los Angeles Lakers record. The Clippers made it to the playoffs after 16 long struggling years but were eliminated in the first round by the Utah Jazz.
Staples Center is the home arena for the Los Angeles Clippers. The arena has maximum capacity of 18,118. Only two players from the Clippers, Bob McAdoo and Bill Walton, have found their name in the Hall of Famers.
In 2020-21 under Tyronn Lue, the Clippers reached the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, but a season-ending injury to Kawhi Leonard didn’t help as they lost that series to the Phoenix Suns.
- Qualified for the 2020-21 Conference finals
- 2 Division titles (2013, 2014)