The National Basketball Association (NBA) professional basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers, is based in the California city of Los Angeles. Not always known as the Los Angeles Clippers, the team is now well established as such. The following fun facts are sure to get any basketball fan or Los Angeles Clippers fan a slam dunk of information. Los Angeles Clippers and Historical Basketball Facts can be used: when you’re bored in the car and want to play a game, for a homemade trivia game, or if you just want to learn on your own !
Fun facts: did you know?
o Before the LA Clippers were the LA Clippers, did the team have two other names and places of origin? The team was called the Buffalo Braves from 1970 to 1978 and was located in Buffalo, New York. The team moved to San Diego and were the San Diego Clippers from 1978 to 1984. It wasn’t until 1984 that the team moved to Los Angeles and became the famous Los Angeles Clippers!
o Was Paul Snyder 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 lawyer.
o The Los Angeles Clippers weren’t the only professional NBA team based in the city of Los Angeles? The other team is the LA Lakers.
o Was one of the LA Lakers’ top players, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 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 lasted only one season.
o Did the LA Clippers officially announce in 2005 that they were going to build their own first-class training facility? This facility would mark the first official NBA training facility in the Los Angeles area!
o Was basketball first invented in 1891 in Springfield, MA? Dr. James Naismith is credited with inventing it while working at the YMCA.
o Do the LA Clippers have three people affiliated with the Basketball Hall of Fame team? They are: Bob McAdoo, Bill Walton and trainer Dr Jack Ramsay.
o The basketball hoops weren’t a net at the start? They were created from fruit baskets.
o Is the LA team, the Los Angeles Clippers, officially placed in the Western Conference of the NBA?
o The Los Angeles Clippers do not have retired numbers?
o Was basketball first created with a soccer ball? The sport was developed for some gym students who were bored between football season (fall) and baseball season (spring).
o Are the two LA teams, Los Angeles Clippers and LA Lakers, still competing because 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 develop your personal knowledge about one of America’s favorite sports!