Los Angeles Clippers: Five takeaways from Media Day

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The Los Angeles Clippers opened their 2016-17 NBA season with their Media Day on Monday. Here is what we learned before the team opens training camp this week.

The Clippers could make a statement as a team

A lot of headlines surround protests of the national anthem happening all over the NFL. Now, the Clippers addressed some of those questions about their own plans for a social message.

Clippers star Blake Griffin said if the team makes a statement, it will not be one or two guys. Instead, Griffin said the best way to make a statement is together as a team.

Head coach Doc Rivers also said whatever the team decides to do, they will do it as a group. For now, his team will continue discussing the social issues.

Paul Pierce will return for another year

Earlier in the day, Paul Pierce announced that he would return via the Players’ Tribune.

Paul also said he would retire after the 2016-17 season. He said it is time for him to move on from basketball. However, he will take one more opportunity with the Clippers this year.

Also noted, Rivers said he plans to play Pierce at the power forward position more than the small forward position.

DeAndre Jordan is ready for a breakout year

Fresh off a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro with the USA Men’s Basketball National Team, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said it was a great experience.

He said it was great to learn from playing with 11 different basketball players. The center explained that players from previous teams went carried the momentum into great seasons.

Nonetheless, Jordan said he is ready to win something with his Clippers teammates.

Further, Jordan said he is excited to have a healthy Clippers team.

The Clippers are healthy

Both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul could not finish the Clippers playoff series loss to the Portland Trailblazers due to injury. Now, both players are healthy.

Even before guard Chris Paul said he was healthy, Griffin also said he was 100 percent healthy.

Added, Rivers said he is not focused on either players’ potential free agency after the season.

Are the Clippers a super team?

Rivers also said there is no gap between his Clippers and the Warriors. The head coach said he likes their team, and he believes they can play with anyone.

Pierce also said he believes the Clippers are a Super Team.

“I mean, you look at Chris Paul, who’s been a first-team all-NBA, Blake Griffin, first team, DeAndre Jordan, currently First-Team All-NBA. How many teams can currently say that?” Pierce said.

Clearly, the Clippers have an interesting season ahead of them. Los Angeles plays their first preseason game Oct. 4 versus the Golden State Warriors.


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Pete D. Camarillo only loves sports and writing. He tried combining those passions with his degree in Journalism at CSUN. He's had work published on Fansided, Endzone Score, Inquisitr, Elite Daily and several print publications. Pete also did community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.


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