Clippers have differing perspectives, lasting appreciation for last season’s biggest shots – Orange County Register


Is the anticipation getting to you? It’s just days away now: The start of the NBA season and eight months of drama, plot twists and, yes, huge shots.

The Clippers weren’t involved in either of last season’s most enduring makes: Portland guard Damian Lillard’s audacious 37-footer at the buzzer to end Oklahoma City’s season in their first-round playoff series or Kawhi Leonard’s jumper that rattled around the rim before falling as time ran out on Game 7 of the second-round series between Toronto and Philadelphia.

But both of those iconic NBA moments live on — from opposite angles — with this season’s Clippers.

Leonard, of course, chose in free agency to sign with the Clippers, who also welcomed aboard former 76ers strength coach Todd Wright. The Clippers’ new vice president of player performance suspects he won’t ever forget watching that Leonard shot ricochet around the rim and in.

“Any time as a coach you get a chance to watch a great player make a shot like that … it’s one that you’re always going to remember,” Wright said. “For two reasons, how you felt, and the fact that they made that caliber of a shot at that moment, which great players do.

“We had a short discussion about it. It wasn’t a long one,” Wright said. “And it was one of appreciation. Even though I was on the other side, just how much I appreciate that moment that he tapped into.”

Moe Harkless, meanwhile, was on Lillard’s side for his big shot, which abruptly plunged new Clippers Paul George and Patrick Patterson into the offseason.

At media day, Harkless sat beside Patterson, smiling like the Cheshire Cat as he listened to his new teammate talk about the disappointing end to the Thunder’s season.

“Uh, it’s a sensitive subject, but it’s got to (come up),” Harkless said when asked whether there had been any discussion about the shot. “We talked about it a little bit, (George) asked me about the shot that everybody obviously knows about, and what I thought about it.

“But, you know, we didn’t talk too much about it. We’re on the same team now and that’s who we’re focused on.”


On Saturday, JaMychal Green, Mfiondu Kabengele, Terance Mann, Rodney McGruder and Jerome Robinson went straight from practice to the Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth and Community Center in South Los Angeles.


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