Clippers extend Staples Center lease by 10 years

Clippers extend Staples Center lease by 10 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have agreed to a 10-year extension of their lease at Staples Center, where they are one of the arena's original tenants.

The deal was announced on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

The Lakers and Kings are the other tenants at Staples Center.

The extension takes effect at the end of the 2012-13 season, and will keep the Clippers in the arena through June 2024.

Donald Sterling is in his 32nd year as owner, and is one of the few remaining sole owners of a pro sports franchise.

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Chase Young name-dropped Dwayne Haskins and Sean Taylor at the Combine podium

Chase Young name-dropped Dwayne Haskins and Sean Taylor at the Combine podium

Chase Young isn't working out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, so his podium session on Thursday morning was really the only chance for Redskins fans to see him and hear from him.

Somehow, he still delivered.

The Ohio State pass rusher faced all kinds of questions, but not surprisingly, the Burgundy and Gold came up a few times. Turns out, he's already in constant contact with one of the franchise's key players.

"Me and Dwayne, we talk all the time," Young said. "I've known Dwayne since high school. He definitely loves the organization and obviously he wants me to come play with him. I just think we'll see how this whole thing turns out."

The Redskins QB has called Young a "game-wrecker" and was already pushing for his organization to land him the day after the 2019 season ended, so no one should be shocked that Haskins' name is popping up in Young's phone on the regular. 

Young, who's from the D.C. area, also had a chance to discuss his ties to the team growing up. He never really had a favorite squad as a kid, he explained, but he did watch the Redskins often. And a few players made a particular impression on him.

"Growing up, I was always a fan of Sean Taylor, Clinton Portis and people like that," Young told reporters.

It's appropriate Young mentioned Taylor. If Washington does go on to select Young with the No. 2 selection in April, he'll be their highest-drafted defender since they landed the safety back in 2004.

In Young's mind, however, while he very well may end up as the second prospect off the board in Las Vegas, he shouldn't. Joe Burrow and others simply don't match up with him.

"I definitely think I'm the best player in the draft," he said.


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Steve Kerr unsure if Steph Curry is ready for a March 1 return against the Wizards

Steve Kerr unsure if Steph Curry is ready for a March 1 return against the Wizards

Earlier this week it was reported that former NBA MVP Steph Curry was going to make his return from injury this Sunday when the Wizards travel to Golden State. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr isn't necessarily convinced that is the best time to bring him back. 

"Nothing's official. Steph will play when he's ready," Kerr told reporters on Wednesday.

"He's been out for four months and he's done a ton of individual work, but to put somebody into an NBA game, you have to feel really, really comfortable that everything is there conditioning-wise, strength-wise. A lot of that you can't simulate unless it's actual basketball. He's done everything that [the Director of Sports Medicine] Rick (Celebrini) has asked of him and more."

In fact, the Warriors were not aware of Curry's return date being March 1 and that it was "news to us."

"That date has been something that's for sure on Steph's mind," Kerr said. "That's when he wants to play, but he'll play when we all feel like he's ready to go. I think he needs more scrimmage time."

Kerr admits that getting Curry on the court has been difficult with the Warriors' schedule over the past several weeks. Just before the All-Star break, Golden State played three games in five days. Since returning to action they've had another stretch of three in five with no practice days to allow for Curry to truly rejoin the team. 

Curry has been working out to himself ready on his own time. He's been out since Oct. 30 after breaking his left hand against the Suns. Videos of him doing individual drills and playing on the court have given encouraging signs of his return after he was cleared to resume contact last week. That's not enough for Kerr though.

"Two scrimmages against largely non-NBA players - no offense to them - doesn't exactly qualify as perfect preparation," Kerr said. 

Sunday is still an option for his return though. Kerr believes there is still a chance he plays against the Wizards but wants to do what is in the best interest of Curry's health. Understandable, considering they have the worst record in the league and have no aspirations at making the playoffs. 

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