first_imgLOS ANGELES — Only part of the intrigue on draft night involved the men the Clippers actually acquired. There was also the matter of what they didn’t draft: A big man.There might have been a message there.The Clippers filled a couple of spots in their backcourt Thursday night, trading with Charlotte to move up from No. 12 to 11 and nab 6-foot-6 point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Kentucky – who is no relation, by the way, unless he becomes really, really good – and drafting shooting guard Jerome Robinson of Boston College at No. 13.They did not select Robert Williams, a 6-9 center from Texas A&M, a player with whom they had been linked in a number of mock drafts … and a player who bore some similarity to one they already have. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Williams eventually went to Boston at 27. And the bottom line might have been that the Clippers probably feel pretty good about retaining their incumbent center from Texas A&M, DeAndre Jordan, for at least one more season.As other pieces from the Lob City Era have been uncoupled and scattered across the NBA landscape, Jordan is the last man standing. He can opt out of the final year of his contract before July 1, or he can re-up for one last year at $24.1 million and hit free agency next summer. In either case, the Clippers retain his Bird rights, meaning they still have a monetary advantage if Jordan goes on the open market.Yes, it’s probably a reach to connect a college sophomore with a 10-year veteran. But this would certainly seem to confirm, or at least strongly suggest, that as the reload-on-the-fly process ramps up Jordan will be a key component again in 2018-19.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.If that was indeed the case, Lawrence Frank didn’t give anything away. The Clippers’ president of basketball operations gushed about Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson, but when asked if the draft results meant a measure of comfort that Jordan would return, he sidestepped the question.“One of the things going into the draft, what we prioritize is, draft the best available talent,” Frank said. “We don’t go by need. We go by the best available talent that fits what Clipper characteristics are all about.”center_img In other words, a creative “no comment.”The Clippers still have some time to contemplate Jordan’s wishes. Thursday night they acquired a player, in Gilgeous-Alexander, who sees himself as an alpha dog, and another in Robinson who spent seven weeks in L.A. last summer playing against established pros and came away convinced he could play on their level.“It was life-changing,” he said by phone from Brooklyn. “… I was very confident leaving there that I was going to be in this position 12 months later.”Hanging with NBA guys on equal terms is one indication you can play on this level. Another is when The Logo himself lets you know he thinks you’ve got game.“I felt like they really liked me,” Robinson said of his workout for the Clippers’ brass. “Talking with Jerry (West), talking with Doc (Rivers), they thought my game really fit them well.“Jerry said he loved my game and the way I play.”If Jerry says it, that settles it.Robinson is a 6-5 combo guard who averaged 20.8 points per game as a junior at Boston College, shot 40.9 percent from 3-point range and improved as a shooter every season.He and Gilgeous-Alexander could be an intriguing combination.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He’s a fabulous talent,” Gilgeous-Alexander said during his phone interview. “Everybody in the country knows how well he shoots it, but what they don’t know is his playmaking ability as well.”Added Robinson: “He hit it right on the head. We’re both very good playmakers, and we should be able to create (for) each other. Having a guy like that makes it easier for yourself.”Oh, and as for that other issue …“I feel like they don’t have an alpha dog point guard right now, and a guy that brings leadership to the group,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I feel that’s one of my biggest attributes, and what I bring to the table: my competitive nature and my leadership.”Well, let’s see: Patrick Beverley, who only played 11 games last season before a knee injury ended his year, is an elite defender at point guard, as well as a guy who brings some attitude to the position himself.Those training camp scrimmages should be quite entertaining.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

first_imgSTRONG “D”—The Wilkinsburg Baby Twerp defense kept Clairton in check with 15 sacks and 25 tackles. Eddie Hyatt (33) got the game ball for getting 10 sacks and 15 tackles with help from teammates Kwame Wilson, Aaron Ovaltin, Monta Presley, Walter Baker, Trevon Finley, Kyree Mitchell, Amer Allen, Keith Thompson and Darnell Anderson; with defensive coach J.R. Nicholas. The day has come. Each team has competed for 10 weeks and the final attempts for playoffs spots came to a close as we know who will now participate in the post-season. In the ACMFL, the top six teams in each of the age/weight categories make the playoffs. “This is the most successful year that we have had thus far as a league,” said ACMFL President Jose Regus. “We are excited about the (onset) of this year’s (post-season) as we are expecting to see some huge matchups.” HOPE FOR THE FUTURE—The undefeated Wilkinsburg Twerps with coaches Omar Doss, Jeffrey Jones, Cliff McCaulley, Milo Gaskin and Tom Harris. To confirm that notion, this year’s playoffs will feature some of the league’s heavy-hitters. According to league standings, there will not be very many surprise matchups. One should expect that these games will bring re-enforcement to some upsets that occurred earlier in the season. As a result, it will naturally give those teams that were upset the opportunity to get their ultimate revenge on the way to a league championship in just a few short weeks. In the final week of the season, there were two sweeps. Lincoln took four games away from Braddock. Congratulations to the Falcons as they’ve had a good year. Best wishes to them in the future. Also, the North Side won four games from the forfeited West Pittsburgh organization. There were also two 2-2 splits between Homewood and Garfield as well as between the Hill District and North Shore.Let’s take a look at the Week 10 results:This Week:Lincoln 4-0North Side 4-0Wilkinsburg 2-0-2Garfield 2-2Hill District 2-2Homewood 2-2North Shore 2-2Clairton 0-2-2Braddock 0-4Scores:Garfield vs Homewood: Twerps—12-0 (Homewood); Termites—19-0 (Garfield); M. Mites—6-0 (Homewood); Midgets—19-0 (Garfield)North Shore vs Hill District: Twerps—26-12 North Shore; Termites—6-0 North Shore; M. Mites—26-0 Hill; Midgets—33-0 HillNorth Side vs W. Pittsburgh: North Side wins all gamesLincoln vs Braddock: Twerps—13-6 Lincoln; Termites—7-0 Lincoln; M. Mites—19-13 Lincoln; Midgets—27-0 LincolnClairton vs Wilkinsburg: Twerps—13-0 Wilkinsburg; Termites—0-0; M. Mites—26-6 Wilkinsburg; Midgets—6-6.Playoff schedule:The first round of the playoffs will be held at Lincoln’s Chadwick Field on Saturday and at Clairton High School on Sunday.Those games will begin at 9 a.m., and are as follows:Twerps: at Lincoln—Homewood Vs North Sideat Clairton—Wilkinsburg vs LincolnMighty Mites: at Lincoln—Wilkinsburg Vs North Shoreat Clairton—Garfield vs LincolnMidgets: at Lincoln—Lincoln vs Wilkinsburgat Clairton—Clairton vs Homewood•All first and second place teams in each age/weight classification will receive a first round bye.•The second round will be played at “The Swamp” in Garfield and the Hill District next Saturday.(Follow Our Weekly Coverage Of The ACMFL and make your comments on www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com)last_img read more