The professional NBA (National Basketball Association) basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers, is based in the California town of Los Angeles. Not always known as the Los Angeles Clippers, the team is very established as such now. The following fun facts are sure to get any basketball fan, or Los Angeles Clippers fan, a “slam dunk” of information. The Los Angeles Clippers and basketball history facts can be used: when you are bored in the car and want to play a game, for a homemade trivia game, or if you are just interested in learning on your own!
Fun Facts: Did You Know?
o Before the LA Clippers were the LA Clippers, the team held two other names and home locations? The team was called the Buffalo Braves from 1970-1978 and was located in Buffalo, New York. The team moved to San Diego and was the San Diego Clippers from 1978-1984. Only in 1984, did the team move to Los Angeles and become the famous Los Angeles Clippers!
o Paul Snyder was the original founder of the Los Angeles Clippers?
o For $20 million the San Diego Clippers became the Los Angeles Clippers? The owner of the San Diego Clippers sold the team to Donald T. Sterling, a high-end real estate developer and attorney.
o The Los Angeles Clippers were not the only professional NBA team based in the city of Los Angeles? The other team is the LA Lakers.
o One of the LA Lakers top players, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was hired as an assistant coach for the LA Clippers in 1998? He was hired to help one of the Clippers’ star players, Michael Olowokandi, by tutoring him in the sport. Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s stint on the Clippers only lasted for the duration of one season.
o The LA Clippers officially announced in 2005 that they were going to build their own first-class practice facility? This facility would mark the first official NBA practice facility in the Los Angeles area!
o Basketball was first invented in 1891 in Springfield, MA? Dr. James Naismith is credited with inventing it while he worked at the YMCA.
o The LA Clippers has three people affiliated with the team in the Basketball Hall of Fame? They are: Bob McAdoo, Bill Walton, and Coach Dr. Jack Ramsay.
o Basketball hoops were not made of net in the beginning? They were created from fruit baskets.
o The LA team, the Los Angeles Clippers, is officially placed in the Western Conference of the NBA?
o The Los Angeles Clippers team has no retired numbers?
o Basketball was created for the first time with a soccer ball? The sport was developed for some gym students who were bored between the business of football season (fall) and baseball season (spring).
o The two LA teams, the Clippers of Los Angeles and the LA Lakers, are still competing against one another as they live in the same city?
These fun facts are a great conversation starter; a cool way to entertain your family in the car or your friends in the school cafeteria; and a great way for you to build your own personal knowledge about one of America’s favorite sports! Ref:http://EzineArticles.com/112403
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers started its NBA history as the Buffalo Braves in 1970. The name was changed to Clippers when the team moved to San Diego. The name, picked from a contest, is in reference to the city’s history as a harbor for Clipper ships and the Star of India which was still harbored in San Diego. The name was kept when they moved to Los Angeles.
During their Braves days, the team sported a sky-blue look. After moving west to San Diego and renaming themselves as the Clippers, the uniform went to a slightly different shade of blue while adding “SAN DIEGO” across the front. Upon its move to Los Angeles, the Clips turned the light blue to a very dark navy and removed the city name for the big “Clippers” on the front. The team then abandoned the blue for a striking red ensemble in 1986. With a few seasons in LA under their belt, they grew proud of their base and emblazoned “LOS ANGELES” across the front of their uniform. But the Clips went back to having the team nickname on the front in 1988. The present Clippers’ uniform remains true to the previous one, but with a little more blue down the side, recalling the blue of the Braves. The team’s logo boats “Los Angels Clippers” written in a blue script cutting through a red basketball. Official team colors are red, white and blue.
Los Angeles Lakers Jerseys
The Los Angeles Lakers have proven themselves as one of the best teams in the NBA since the 1960’s. With the NBA Hardwood Classic Nights, the Los Angeles Lakers have been wearing some of the old jerseys to honor the first teams of the NBA. But there is not really much any difference between the old and new jerseys, just minor changes have been made and adopting the colors purple and gold.
Let’s take a look back at the jerseys of the Los Angeles Lakers through the years. In early 1960’s, George Mikan brought the Lakers to 5 NBA titles. The colors used in the jerseys before were white and light blue with yellow trimmings on the road. Before, being the Los Angeles Lakers, this team was called the Minneapolis Lakers.
The next jersey is even bolder with a new share of color. They ditched the light blue color and opted for a darker navy blue. They also changed how the team’s name is written, before it was just plain and changed it to a scripted form. The L.A. Script is what the current team will be wearing when they go retro.
By the late 60’s the Lakers has adopted the colors of purple and gold. And this color scheme has lasted for more than two decades. Only some modification to the numbers was made. By 1980’s the font color is purple and some changes in the font style.
When it was Shaquille’s time with the Lakers, the jerseys were done in mostly gold. Showing off their back-to-back championships with this color. But of course, the purple and white color is still evident. Currently, they have a white home jersey. With the 2008 season, the Lakers are still wearing their purple jerseys while they wear the white jerseys at home games. Ref:http://EzineArticles.com/1360445