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The Curse: The Colorful & Chaotic History of the LA Clippers Paperback – November 8, 2016
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"The Los Angeles Clippers should get on their knees and thank Mick Minas for taking, what appears to be several years, to chronicle their team history. The passion, the detail, the ironies, the insider information are smartly told in what will, no doubt, be the definitive book on this colorful franchise. An MVP effort from a rookie author." -MARSHALL TERRILL, author of Maravich: The Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete
"Mick Minas brings us a fascinating, joyful look at one of the NBA's, um, weirdest franchises. Before Blake there was Benoit. Before Chris Paul there was Gary Grant. Before sanity there was...pure craziness. A romp like no other NBA romp. I loved it." -JEFF PEARLMAN, New York Times bestselling author of Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s
"A great job by Mick Minas. Overdue as it is outrageous. In a word, C-L-I-P-P-E-R-S!" -MARK HEISLER, winner of the Naismith Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award and author of Madman's Ball: The Continuing Saga of Kobe, Phil and the Los Angeles Lakers
"The Curse is a meticulously researched, definitive look at the good, not-so-good, and occasionally woeful history of the Los Angeles Clippers. Mick Minas has written an incredibly thorough book in which he pulls no punches and leaves no story or experiment unexplored. Whether or not you follow the Clippers or even the NBA, this is a portrait of problems and solutions, failures and successes, villains and heroes, disappointment and -- perhaps more than anything -- hope." -KENT BABB, Washington Post reporter and author of Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson
"If you're looking to take a deep dive on the sad, funny history of the Clips, this would be the place." -ROLAND LAZENBY, New York Times bestselling author of Michael Jordan: The Life
"So you think you know a lot about the Clippers? Pretty sure you've heard it all before? Think again. Mick Minas uncovers decades of dysfunction from the birth of the franchise in Buffalo through the Donald Sterling era and the excitement of Lob City. Whether you are a die-hard Clippers fan or just a fan of pro basketball, you'll love learning about Los Angeles' "other" team." -ADAM CRIBBLEZ, author of Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete, and the Birth of the Modern NBA
"Finally, someone has undertaken to place historical perspective on the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers. Mick Minas has exhaustively researched and crafted the entertaining history of the franchise since their move from Buffalo, as told by those who lived it. The Curse is a wonderful read for all sports fans." -TODD SPEHR, author of The Mozart of Basketball: The Remarkable Life & Legacy of Dražen Petrović
About the Author
Mick Minas has over two decades experience as a basketball coach and his writing has been published by New Matilda and Prime Number. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998 and currently lives with his wife and two children in Melbourne, Australia. The Curse is his first book.
Jim Lynam was the first head coach hired by Donald Sterling, coaching the Clippers from 1983 to 1985. He also coached the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Bullets as part of a decorated career that spanned five decades. He currently lives in Philadelphia, where he provides pre and postgame analysis for the 76ers on Comcast SportsNet.
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I liked the background story on the business transaction with Boston that brought the Braves to LA via San Diego. I knew something like that happened, but I never knew the technicalities of the transaction. Also, learning about the several owners and their motivations for owning the teams was very interesting. Having followed the Clippers for 40 years now, it's simply seems incredible to me what this team has been through. The author does a nice job laying out the history of the team on a year-by-year basis, but I wish he would have conducted some interviews with some of the people who have been involved with the team over the years, whether it be presidents, coaches, or players. It would have been great to have their perspective on what the team has been through.
Finally, as a Buffalo native and sports enthusiast, I am sad to say that not only have the Clippers suffered a "Curse" for the last 40 years, but the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres have endured the same tragic fate as well. In fact, not since the 1964 and 1965 Buffalo Bills won the American Football League Championships has any team from Buffalo won a major league sports title!!! May God bless the Buffalo sports fans, the best and most dedicated fans in the world!!!
Certainly an incredible read not only for Clippers fans, but fans of basketball and the NBA.