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Clippers’ Griffin to have elbow surgery, out indefinitely

Not great news for the Clippers. In addition to the team struggling here on their Grammy road trip, now comes the announcement from the team that it will be without Blake Griffin indefinitely once the All-Star forward undergoes scheduled surgery Monday for a staph infection in his elbow.

Griffin will definitely miss the next three games against Oklahoma City today, the Mavericks and Rockets, and coincidentally all three teams are either chasing playoff spots or trying to establish playoff positioning, like the Clippers.

The Clippers are currently the sixth seed in the West, and it’s hard to imagine them falling out of the picture even without Griffin. Still, for a team that has lost four of its last five games and was blown out in Toronto, an injury of this magnitude never comes at a right time.

The other issue lies with the All-Star Game and who might replace Griffin, and that will be determined by commissioner Adam Silver. Griffin is averaging 22.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and a career-best 5.1 assists.

adidas gives All-Stars a choice

We’ve selected the All-Stars, at least the starters. (West, East.) Now they get choose their All-Star uniforms. (The reserves will, too.)

For the first time ever in a town where what you wear is often more important than who you are, adidas is giving the 2011 NBA All-Stars a choice when it comes to which uniform they don for the All-Star Game on Feb. 20 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

All-Stars have the option to wear an adidas TECHFIT PowerWeb compression jersey or the NBA Revolution 30 jerseys they’ve been wearing this season.

“Los Angeles is an exciting convergence of sports, style and entertainment unlike any other place in the world,” adidas vice president Lawrence Norman said. “Our latest on-court uniform design and innovation, as well as our off-court footwear and apparel, celebrate the city and the game of basketball.

“NBA All-Star is the premiere event for adidas to showcase our innovations on basketball’s biggest stage and there is no better time or place to show basketball fans around the world how our products make the best athletes in the world, lighter, faster and stronger.”

According to adidas, the new All-Star TECHFIT jersey features strategically placed thermoplastic polyurethane powerbands that align core muscles and boost power to key muscle groups for more efficient movement that increases acceleration and endurance. The compression fit improves movement by preventing opposing players from grabbing loose jersey fabric and slowing them down.

Sounds pretty scientific and I’m sure getting your muscles aligned or boosted is a good thing. Kinda wish I had muscles.

The All-Star uniform design itself pays homage to the host city with bold, block typeface inspired by the iconic Hollywood sign. The East and West team names feature the Los Angeles skyline and paying tribute to the game’s diamond anniversary (60th), there’s an integrated diamond pattern that stands out under arena lights.

But that’s not all. The All-Stars’ warm-ups have the look of a three-piece suit ready to be worn down the red carpet. All this All-Star apparel and more will be available in Los Angeles at the NBA Store at Jam Session and

Come Fly With McBob!

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — What more does a guy, our guy Pacers forward Josh McRoberts, have to do to get an invite to that dunk contest that’s going to be held in Los Angeles in February?

Lost In Clipperland Already

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The next time someone gives you a free ticket to ride the Los Angeles Clippers’ bandwagon, tear it up.

Because you’ll only wish you did later.

All of that preseason excitement built up about the Clippers in the days leading up to the start of the regular season have coming crashing back to reality in typical, Clippers-fashion.

Questions about the work ethic and leadership abilities of Baron Davis are dominating the conversation just four games into the regular season.

Four friggin’ games! How can this be?

We had offseason dreams of Davis and Blake Griffin teaming up for sick highlights (like the one above) and leading this team into playoff contention in what we assumed would be a wide open Western Conference postseason chase.

Instead, woke up to this email (subject line: Disturbia aka The Clippers) from Eric Frazier, who obviously watched the Clippers Monday night loss to San Antonio and did not like what he saw:

I’ve been taking advantage of the free NBA Pass checking out my Western Conference darkhorse, the Clippers.  There’s something VERY WRONG with this team.

1. Except for Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, they play little to no “D”.
2. What kind of offense is being run on this team, and why can’t this athletic  score????  (Maybe Vinny Del Negro is as bad a coach as everyone thinks he is…..I’m from Chicago)
3. The last and MOST DISTURBING POINT is that they don’t involve Blake Griffin in the offense enough.  They don’t give him enough touches while shooting too many jumpshots.  He should average 10 free throw attempts every night with no problem.

Is this Vinny coddling his rookie like he did Derrick Rose?  I understand the intent, but you’re talking about the point guard and power forward position….night and day.  Last night, he was a mismatch for whoever guarded him, yet they pound the ball for 20 seconds and hurl up desperation threes to avoid a shot clock violation. Is this a result of bad coaching, bad point guard play, or just a part of being a Clipper???!!!

It’s nearly impossible to answer that last question without the cruel, “just part of being a Clipper” punchline that most people use. If we’re going to blame Del Negro for whatever ails this team four games in, than this thing is already over. Surely, you have to give Del Negro more time to prove that he can lead this team than four games …
But not even Del Negro’s sharing in the blame will do anything to deliver Davis from the lingering questions about whether or not he can be the leader of this team. It always comes back to BD, doesn’t it? Once again, his ability to take a young but talented team over the hump is being questioned: