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Believe it or not, but there have been no players in Clippers history to wear the No. 28 to date, so let’s circle back and check out the offerings for No. 00.

Ah yes, the double zero, the number that is technically a number, but not used in other sports. Add to that the flair of going for not one, but two zeroes. You’ve got to be pretty bold to go for this one.

Two players in Clippers history have worn No. 00: Kevin Duckworth, who wrapped up his career with the Clips, and whose career around the NBA I very much enjoyed, and Benoit Benjamin, who is the subject of this story.

Drafted No. 3 overall by the Clippers in the 1985 NBA Draft, Benjamin played collegiately at Creighton, and was named a third-team All-American his final season in NCAA ball.

The 7-foot center had a scoring touch, and was remarkably consistent in his five and a half seasons in LA, averaging 13.3 points per game over 406 games in his Clippers tenure. In addition, his block totals were elite, in his worst season with the team he averaged 2.1 blocks per game. All told, he averaged 2.8 blocks per game in his Clippers run, and was the franchise leader in blocks, with 1,117, until Cheap DeAndre Jordan Jersey surpassed him in 2016-17. He also belongs to the “10 block club”, with two career games, both with the Clippers, in which he posted 10 blocks in a single game.

For a man who didn’t produce much, Harvey Catchings carved out a nice stay in the NBA, lasting 11 seasons. While plenty of power forwards – and point guards for that matter – equaled his 3.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest for the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Clippers, only two others can match his feat of playing for both teams in the same game.

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What’s true today about the NBA draft was also true in 1974: If you’re not good enough to be selected in the first 30 picks, then the odds of sticking around the league for more than a cup of coffee are long. That’s why Harvey Catchings is deserving of all credit that comes his way.

There were 18 NBA teams in 1974 when Catchings came out of Hardin-Simmons, and the draft went 10 rounds deep. Catchings had averaged 16.7 points and 11.1 points a game on a Hardin-Simmons team that included Stedman Graham, the longtime partner of Oprah Winfrey.

UCLA great Cheap Bill Walton Jersey, Providence’s Marvin “Bad News” Barnes, and North Carolina State’s Tom Burleson were the top three picks in that year’s draft. Other notables included Jamaal Wilkes and Maurice Lucas in the first round, and John Drew in the second. The Phoenix Suns selected George Gervin 40th overall in the third round, but he opted to start his career in the rival ABA.

Two picks later, the Philadelphia 76ers drafted the 6-foot-9 Catchings, who would go on to appear in 725 NBA contests in 11 seasons. The only player taken behind him to have lasted longer was fourth-rounder Mickey Johnson, who played in 904 games.

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On Nov. 8, 1978, the Philadelphia 76ers were leading the New Jersey Nets, 84-81, when referee Roger McCann called a charging foul on Bernard King of the Nets for plowing into Steve Mix midway through the third quarter. King had collected a technical foul earlier in the game, so when he got T’d up again for going after McCann over the call, it meant an automatic ejection.

That didn’t sit well with Nets coach Kevin Loughery, who had also been hit with an earlier technical foul. When Loughery crossed the line for a second time, referee Richie Powers T’d him up, triggering another automatic ejection.

When neither King nor Loughery left the court in a timely fashion, Powers – who had a famously short temper – assessed a third technical foul on each. Once things settled down, Phil Jackson took over the Nets’ bench, Philadelphia shot a bunch of free throws, and the 76ers eventually walked away with a 137-133 victory in two overtimes despite Eric Money’s 37 points.

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The Louisiana native bounced around the NBA after being traded to Seattle for Olden Polynice in 1991, yet another dud of a trade that left the Clippers in worse shape. After the Sonics, Benjamin played for the Lakers, Nets, Grizzlies, Bucks, Raptors and 76ers in his NBA career, which wrapped up in 1999.

Benjamin has largely stayed out of the limelight since his playing days ended, evidently settling back in Louisiana, but he was among the players present for a charity game when Jayson Williams allegedly shot a limo driver in his own house in 2002 and was called as a witness at the fellow ex-NBA player’s trial.

Benjamin was never an All-Star level player, but he was remarkably consistent in his Clippers tenure in particular, and with perhaps some better franchise management could have been a core piece of a perennial playoff team. Alas, we didn’t get to see that unfold, but Benoit Benjamin brought a multifaceted game to the Clippers and is the best yet to wear No. 00.

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Last month when the 2020 NBA Free Agency period opened up, Austin Rivers was searching for his next opportunity. Although he had an option to stay on board with the Houston Rockets, the veteran guard wanted to seek other opportunities to see if there was anything else better out there for him.

The Philadelphia 76ers had an interest in Rivers, but their new head coach might’ve prevented a possible family reunion from happening. “When I took the job, I said, ‘You don’t want that,'” Doc Rivers told the Sixers, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post. “‘You got too many other things we have to deal with.’”

Doc and Cheap Austin Rivers Jersey worked together a few years ago with the Los Angeles Clippers’ organization. Based on this offseasons’ events, it seems they might not have had the greatest work relationship as they intentionally failed to form a reunion in Philly.

So, as the Sixers moved on from their interest in Rivers, the veteran guard shifted his focus towards the New York Knicks, whom he signed a one-year deal with during free agency. Unfortunately, Rivers’ stint with the Knicks has been off to a shaky start.

As the guard deals with a groin injury, there was hope he could return for the Knicks’ second game of the regular season against the Sixers on Saturday night. However, that’s not going to happen. According to the Knicks’ injury report on Friday night, Rivers is already ruled out of Saturday’s game with a groin injury.

“It’s a work in progress,” said Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau, per Zach Braziller of The New York Post. “He did a little bit today, which is encouraging. You have to be careful with that type of injury. When he’s ready to go, he’ll be ready to go,”

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The funding round was led by Westwood-based Alpha Edison and Santa Monica-based Acre Venture Partners. Other investors included former Los Angeles Clippers point guard Cheap Baron Davis Jersey and Cathy Richards, founder of Canada-based SimplyProtein. The Production Board, a San Francisco-based investment company, led the company’s seed round.

Uplifting was founded in 2019 by Marc Washington. The company launched Muniq, which creates prebiotic nutritional shakes that help with blood sugar control and gut health, in May. “I know there’s a market opportunity and a need for nutrition and natural products that were truly based in science and could truly help people get in control of their health,” Washington said.

Inspired by his late sister’s struggle with chronic health conditions, Washington created Muniq with the goal of addressing health through nutrition. Washington said he believes Muniq could help support minority communities, which are disproportionately impacted by chronic health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension.

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Los Angeles Clippers players wear shirts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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LOS ANGELES — Maybe it was the evening start time? Improving inner fortitude? For certain: This time, there were no lazy Sunday vibes from the Clippers.

Might’ve been that this Sunday, they were jolted out of their seats early, brought to attention by a soaring right-armed Paul George dunk fewer than four minutes into the game.

Likely, all of the above.

The result: The Clippers maintained the upper hand Sunday at Staples Center, running their winning streak to four consecutive with a 129-96 victory against a game but depleted Indiana Pacers team that wore down in the second half.

Indiana (8-5) had its hands full with the Clippers’ energized stars Kawhi Leonard (17 points, seven rebounds, five assists), George (20 points, seven rebounds), not to mention Cheap Marcus Morris Jersey and Luke Kennard, who did heavy lifting off the bench, notching 20 points apiece, the most in their respective Clippers tenures.

The Clippers — who’d come out flat in their previous two Sunday home games, waking up to win against Chicago and falling historically flat against Dallas — saw an early 18-point lead shrink to only six at halftime. But from there, they charged ahead and stayed there after winning the third quarter, 39-20.

Leonard played all 12 minutes of the third, going 5 for 8 for 11 tide-tilting points in the frame — including back-to-back dunks and a buzzer beating tipped layup.

The Clippers (10-4) came up with a similarly dominant third period Friday in their 38-point victory at Sacramento, where they outscored the Kings 37-16 in the quarter to put that game out of reach.

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And, despite a second-quarter blip when they shot 3 for 18 from deep, the Clippers stayed on-target from long range: They finished 19 for 39 (48.7 percent) from behind the 3-point arc — the fourth consecutive game they’ve hit at least 15 3-pointers, tying a franchise record.

They held Indiana to 11 for 38 from behind the arc, and just 37 for 89 (41.6 percent) from the field, out-rebounded them 52-33 and outscoring them, 56-48 in the paint — the first time since a loss to San Antonio on Jan. 5 that Tyronn Lue’s team outscored an opponent inside.

To get the ball rolling Sunday, the Clippers (10-4) bolted to a 36-point first quarter.

Clippers guard Cheap Lou Williams Jersey missed his second consecutive game with a sore hip and center Cheap Serge Ibaka Jersey was a late scratch, missing Sunday’s start with an illness that wasn’t related to the coronavirus, the Clippers said. Assistant coach Kenny Atkinson also was absent, away for personal reasons also unrelated to the coronavirus.

The Pacers were without the recently acquired Caris LeVert (out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney, the team announced Saturday) as well as, JaKarr Sampson (back) and NBA blocks leader Myles Turner (hand) — plus Jeremy Lamb (ACL) and T.J. Warren (foot), who are undergoing longer-term rehab.