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The Los Angeles Clippers opened their 2017-18 campaign with their annual media day. As we all know, the departure of Chris Paul has tremendously transformed this franchise. Most evidently with the Clippers adding nine new players to their roster.

Open Season

The Clippers hosted their annual media day in their practice facility in Playa Vista, California on Monday morning.

Without a moment to lose, photographers flooded the scene and players were busy. As always, they had the usual promotional duties of filming videos, signing basketballs and staying active on social media.

Around 10:00 A.M. PST, members of the media began to fill the media room. However, the media buzz surrounding Los Angeles basketball wasn’t on the Clippers; rather it was on crosstown rival Lakers. That’s the Lonzo Ball effect.

Media Buzz

First up, Head Coach Doc Rivers took to the stage with Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank. To start it off, they shared their thoughts on the NFL protests, a topic everyone knew was going to be brought up. Additionally, incorporating nine new players into the Clippers’ system and Chris Paul’s departure.

Up next, two of the Clippers new additions, Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic took the microphones and talked about their excitement in joining the Clippers. From Teodosic’s transition to the NBA, playing with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and how they fit into Doc Rivers’s system.

Gallinari also had high praise for his new teammate Teodosic, who he played against in European basketball for many years. Also, get ready for a new Lob City with Teodosic on the court.

Along with Austin Rivers, two other key summer acquisitions took the stage next. Now in Los Angeles, Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley shared their thoughts on being included as a return package in the Chris Paul trade. As the hottest topic of the event, Williams also shared his thoughts on athletes using their platform to make a political stance.

All eyes were then directed to team captains Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Now on their own, Blake and DeAndre went on to share their goals for the season, their thoughts on the NFL protests and the roster shakeup.

Team Outlook

Although it’s the beginning of a new chapter for the franchise, the Clippers are still looking to compete in a heavily contested Western Conference.

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