Teens had much different Oakland experience than Clippers

first_imgThanks to the Verizon Foundation and the LA Clippers Foundation, young men like Caleb Clouden got to experience a week of firsts.“It’s like the most exciting thing ever,” he said, his voice exactly matching those words.There was the first plane ride — a Southwest flight from Los Angeles to Oakland.“If only you knew how excited I was to fly,” he said.He recounted a trip to the Verizon offices, were he took videos of new tracking technologies that he immediately sent to his friends. From there, the group went a fancy dinner in San Francisco. The next morning, another trip to a corporate office, this time Airbnb, where the boys got to see a modern start-up office, with shared workspaces and open office configurations. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Saturday’s main event was the game, and before things went horribly on the court, the group got to sit courtside and watch the Clippers go through their pregame routines.“I’ve never been to something like this. I’ve never seen players like this up close,” Clouden said. “When you get down there, the court, it seems smaller. When you’re at the top or watching it on TV, it seems bigger, wider.”And that’s the message the trip’s organizers hoped to convey.These things, the engineering jobs at Verizon, the programming gigs at Airbnb, the athletic trainers, the shooting guards — they’re all possibilities.“It makes me think anything is possible,” Clouden said.For Clipper assistant coach for player development Dee Brown, who met with the group twice, getting their perspective on things was refreshing.He remembered talking to one member of the group, a Bay Area native returning to the area for the first time. He and his mother had left because his stepfather was abusive. They were briefly homeless.A trip near the water in San Francisco triggered some memories.“He went to the pier and he said, ‘Mr. Brown, I remember,’” Brown said.He responded by asking him about his favorite part of the whole weekend.“He said ‘The hotel bed was so comfortable. The most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in,’” Brown said. “It puts everything in perspective. … That story right there was very powerful to me.”center_img OAKLAND >> As Stephen Curry was raining down 3s, as Kevin Durant glided around like a 7-foot extra terrestrial and as Draymond Green blocked shoots and slammed home dunks, the Clippers could only hope to keep the 144-98 loss — the worst defeat of their season — in perspective.They spoke with soft, humiliated voices after the game and could have reminded themselves that they were playing without Chris Paul, their starting point guard. They could’ve said that the game was simply one of 82 — that a one-point loss and a 40-point loss lead to the same result in the standings. That it truly doesn’t matter if you beat them in the regular season when it only really counts if you beat them in postseason.Or, the Clippers could’ve walked back on the floor toward their bench, toward the basket where Curry scored 25 points in the third quarter. And, they could’ve looked up toward the roof of Oracle Arena, where hours earlier, perspective was sitting in the last few rows of section 211.For a group of 12 teenagers, Saturday’s game in Oakland wasn’t a lopsided loss. It wasn’t a disappointment. It was the experience of a lifetime.last_img read more

Photo of Aaron Jones gaming while girlfriend readies to give birth sparks social media debate

first_imgIn an attempt to clarify the situation, Jones quote-tweeted a critical response.”That’s wild she told me to bring the game with me,” Jones wrote. “But u know nothing about the whole process of having a child so til you experience it dont speak on me !!!!”Thats wild she told me to bring the game with me 😊but u know nothing about the whole process of having a child so til you experience it dont speak on me !!!! https://t.co/L5omONKMAT— Aaron Jones 3️⃣3️⃣ (@Showtyme_33) July 4, 2020Here are some of the exchanges regarding the moment:Aaron is the epitome of being thoughtful. People don’t even know the details of how long and when he was playing. Either way Crystal clearly didn’t care since she posted it, so why does it bother you?. People are so quick to judge before they even know the situation.— Allen Lazard (@AllenLazard) July 4, 2020I’m not goin stand for any slander on my boys name. He’s too elite of a human being to be called trash. Sorry but ain’t goin fly wit me.— Allen Lazard (@AllenLazard) July 4, 2020lol stop explaining yaself bra. congrats ❤️— Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) July 4, 2020Honestly bro, it’s funny if sis thought it was funny! Congrats on the addition to the fam!!! I need pics for my wallet!— Ty Montgomery (@_WiFi_Ty_) July 4, 2020Was i just suppose to stare at her the whole time while she was studying and sleep ???— Aaron Jones 3️⃣3️⃣ (@Showtyme_33) July 3, 2020Probably pretty good… and inferring he wouldn’t based on the information provided is pretty crappy— Caroline’s Dad (@Carolinesdad15) July 4, 2020 What Packers running back Aaron Jones and his girlfriend Crystal Molina considered a funny photo from their trip to the hospital has led to intense back-and-forths on social media.In the photo, Jones is sitting in the hospital with a makeshift gaming setup before Molina gives birth, controller in hand and Whataburger drink on the table. He later said he was attempting to pass time before she became fully dilated. MORE: Brett Favre on how Packers should use Jordan LoveSome people — including WNBA player Kelsey Plum — responded to the photo by calling it disrespectful. Others have come to the Green Bay star’s defense.last_img read more