Are you ready for the new-look Clippers?
The revamped Los Angeles Clippers, led by All-Star point guard Baron Davis, start the 2008-09 NBA season at STAPLES Center on Wednesday, October 29 as they take on their city and building rivals the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 p.m. The Clippers season-opening home stand continues on Friday, October 31 when they host Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets at 7:30 p.m.
The Clippers play nine of their first 10 games at STAPLES Center, and face eight teams that qualified for the 2007-08 NBA Playoffs during that span, highlighted by visits from Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets on Friday, November 7, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, November 9 and Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, November 17.
The Clippers schedule features 21 sets of back-to-back games this season, up from the 19 sets played in 2007-08. From January 30 through February 9, the Clippers will be in the midst of the longest road-trip of the season, a seven-game trek starting out in Cleveland and including stops in Washington, Miami, Orlando, Memphis, Atlanta and Charlotte. The Clippers also embark on a six-game road trip March 20 through March 28 featuring stops in Detroit, Toronto, Boston, New York, San Antonio and Houston. The Clippers have two four-game trips, the first going from December 2 – December 6 and the second lasting from December 16 – December 20.
Other highlights of the schedule include a visit from the World Champion Boston Celtics on March 23 as well as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers coming to STAPLES Center on February 25.
This season, the Clippers will face every team in the Western Conference a total of four times (two home and two away), with the exception of the New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves, who they will play three times each.
Los Angeles also announced that partial plan schedules that include 21, 16, 12, 8 and 4 game packages are currently available. Fans can log on to Clippers.com for further information.
The Clippers new-look roster now stands at 12 players as Los Angeles has revamped its roster by adding a total of eight new faces for the 2008-09 season.
Below is an update of the Clippers off-season transactions:
June 26: Drafted G Eric Gordon from Indiana University with the 7th pick in the NBA Draft
June 26: Drafted C DeAndre Jordan from Texas A&M with the 35th pick in the NBA Draft
June 26: Acquired the draft rights to G Mike Taylor from Portland in exchange for a 2009 second Round NBA Draft pick.
June 30: Extended qualifying offers to F Nick Fazekas and F Marcus Williams
July 2: Signed G Eric Gordon
July 9: Renounced rights to free agents G Dan Dickau, G Shaun Livingston, F Boniface Ndong, G Smush Parker, F James Singleton
July 10: Signed free agent G Baron Davis
July 15: Acquired F/C Marcus Camby from Denver in exchange for Denver to have the option to exchange second round picks in 2010
July 15: Signed C DeAndre Jordan and G Mike Taylor
July 16: Withdrew qualifying offer to F Marcus Williams; Renounced rights to free agents F Quinton Ross and C Paul Davis
July 23: Acquired G Jason Hart from Utah in exchange for G Brevin Knight
July 28: Signed free agent G/F Ricky Davis
July 30: Waived F Josh Powell
July 31: Signed free agent F Brian Skinner
August 1: Withdrew qualifying offer to F Nick Fazekas
To see the Clippers complete schedule, click here: http://www.nba.com/clippers/schedule/