Los Angeles Clippers in History

Events in Sport

  • 1968-04-14 1st NBA game at Madison Sq Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
  • 1978-02-05 28th NBA All-Star Game, Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Ga: East beats West, 133-125; MVP: Randy Smith, SD Clippers, G
  • 1978-07-07 NBA approves franchise swap; Buffalo Braves owner John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian acquire Boston Celtics, while the Celtics owner Irv Levin gets Braves, later moved to San Diego to become the Clippers

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1979-10-12 Future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Magic Johnson makes his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102

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  • 1982-11-03 San Diego guard Randy Smith plays his 845th consecutive game in Clippers' 130-111 loss in Philadelphia; passes Johnny “Red” Kerr's NBA record; goes on to play in 906 straight games
  • 1983-02-21 NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
  • 1983-12-18 NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak
  • 1984-11-01 First NBA game at LA Memorial Sports Arena - LA Clippers beat NY Knicks, 107-105
  • 1987-01-02 Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-106 to give coach Jack Ramsay his 800th NBA victory; at the time Ramsey is one of only 2 coaches (with Red Auerbach) to reach milestone
  • 1987-04-19 LA Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record
  • 1988-11-05 1st NBA game at Bradley Center, Milw Bucks lose to Atlnata Hawks 94-107
  • 1988-11-05 1st NBA game at Miami Arena, Miami Heat loss to LA Clippers, 111-91
  • 1988-12-14 NBA's Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 loses
  • 1992-11-07 1st NBA game at America West Arena, Phoenix Suns beat Clippers 111-105
  • 1995-01-05 Bill Fitch becomes the 5th coach in NBA history to register 850 career victories with the LA Clippers' 95-93 home win over Philadelphia 76'ers at the LA Memorial Sports Arena
  • 1998-01-03 Los Angeles Clippers Bill Fitch coaches his 2,000th NBA game, a 97-88 win against the Dallas Mavericks at the LA Memorial Sports Arena
  • 1998-01-23 Denver Nuggets tie the NBA single-season record of 23 consecutive losses set by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995-96; streak ends with a 99-81 win the next day against the LA Clippers
  • 1998-06-24 NBA Draft: Pacific center Michael Olowokandi first pick by Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2000-01-15 Utah's Jerry Sloan becomes 12th coach in NBA history to reach the 700-victory plateau when the Jazz defeat the LA Clippers, 112-75 at the Delta Center, Salt Lake City
  • 2002-10-01 Free agent center Wang Zhizhi, the first ever Chinese-born player in the NBA, signs a 3-year offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers; waived in 2003 and moves to Miami Heat
  • 2009-06-25 NBA Draft: Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin first pick by Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2013-02-17 62nd NBA All-Star Game, Toyota Centre, Houston, TX: West beats East, 143-138; MVP: Chris Paul, LA Clippers, G
  • 2019-04-15 Los Angeles Clippers overcome an NBA record 31-point deficit to score an improbable 135-131 Game 2 playoff victory over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland; shooting guard Lou Williams 36 points
  • 2019-07-06 LA Clippers acquire 2 NBA megastars in one day; Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard from Toronto in free agency, and Paul George from OKC for an unprecedented trade bounty of players and picks
  • 2020-02-16 NBA All Star Game, United Center, Chicago, IL: Team LeBron beats Team Giannis, 157-155; MVP: Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers, F

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1936-12-14 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1954-11-05 Alvin Gentry, American basketball head coach (New Orleans Pelicans 2015-19; Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1958-04-02 Larry Drew, American basketball point guard (Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, LA Clippers, LA Lakers) and coach (Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1961-10-31 Doc Rivers, American NBA guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2000, Orlando Magic; Boston Celtics, LA Clippers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964-01-22 Stojko Vrankovic, Croatian NBA center (LA Clippers), born in Drniš, Croatia
  • 1965-10-16 Tom Tolbert, American sports broadcaster (KNBR SF-'The Razor & Mr. T'; NBC, ESPN, ABC) and basketball forward (GS Warriors, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1966-05-14 Pooh Richardson, NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968-02-27 Loy Vaught, American NBA forward (LA Clippers), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1969-04-06 Brian Williams, NBA center/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
  • 1970-02-07 Stanley Roberts, NBA center (LA Clippers, Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1970-05-15 Keith Tower, NBA center (LA Clippers)
  • 1970-07-06 Antonio Harvey, American NBA center/forward (LA Clippers), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • 1970-08-31 James Robinson, NBA guard (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 1970-09-30 Eric Piatkowski, NBA guard/forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1971-03-06 Darrick Martin, NBA guard (LA Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1971-04-13 Charles "Bo" Outlaw, American NBA forward (LA Clippers, Orlando Magic), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1971-06-20 Rodney Rogers, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1971-12-31 Brent Barry, American NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1973-04-20 Lamond Murray, American basketball forward (LA Clippers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1973-11-05 James Collins, American NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1975-11-04 Lorenzen Wright, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1976-04-03 Keith Closs, American basketball center (LA Clippers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1976-10-30 Maurice Taylor, American NBA forward (LA Clippers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1989-03-16 Blake Griffin, American NBA forward (LA Clippers, Detroit Pistons), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Deaths in Sport

  • 2019-12-13 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), dies from complications of dementia at 82