ESPN Draws Clippers Fans’ Ire With Absurd Tweet

ESPN Draws Clippers Fans’ Ire With Absurd Tweet


DeMarcus Cousins of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The individual(s) running the Twitter account for NBA on ESPN got taken to task by Los Angeles Clippers fans this week after a curious and bizarrely ill-informed Tweet.

Sparked by the Clippers’ re-signing of veteran big man DeMarcus Cousins, NBA on ESPN posed the question: “With Cousins signed for the rest of the season, can the Clips make it out of the West?” The question was coupled with a “core roster” photo collage that included images of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, of course, along with injured starters Serge Ibaka and Patrick Beverley. Rajon Rondo and Cousins were also pictured, but it was who wasn’t pictured that drew the ire of Clipper Nation.

Fans Miffed By Exclusion of Ivica Zubac, Nic Batum, Among Others

Ty Lue’s squad has been dealing with myriad injuries of late, and his roster has seen its fair share of changes over the last month and a half, the primary of which has been more playing time for Ivica Zubac, who has been filling in — and filling in capably — for an injured Ibaka.

Over his last 10 games, Zubac has played an average of 25.9 minutes, averaging 11.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest in relief of Ibaka. The 24-year-old has played so well, in fact, Lue noted he may take Ibaka’s spot in the starting lineup.

Clips fans have clearly been impressed with Zubac, and they gently (and sometimes not so gently) reminded ESPN that their favorite team has a far stronger core than the group that was pictured, particularly considering other key members of the team, including starting forward Marcus Morris Sr., were also omitted. And while they love the addition of Boogie, they also noted he may not be as integral a player as others on the team:

Others pointed out that when Ibaka is healthy, both he and Zubac should be the top two big men on L.A.’s roster.

Clippers Have Impressive Array of Talent Right Now

Clipper Nation had good reason to be upset about and call out ESPN’s Tweet because of the glaring omissions, but those paying close attention to the Clips know how well the team has been gelling of late, and what a positive impact Zubac has been on both offense and defense.

“This team has so much potential man,” Cousins said after inking a deal to remain with the Clippers for the remainder of the season and into the postseason. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of this organization and team.”

“It’s a joy to come to work every day,” Cousins added. “Super chill environment. Everyone comes in and works their tail off. Always a good mood in the locker room. It’s crazy that it’s to the point where every single person in our building gets along. You can go hold a conversation with the team chef, the team masseuse, whatever the case may be.”

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