11 Uniqe Dates in Los Angeles Clippers History

April 7, 1978: The Braves played their final home game in Buffalo, losing to the Knicks 118-107. The franchise moved to San Diego and changed its name to Clippers.

July 7, 1978: The NBA approved a franchise swap in which Buffalo Braves owner John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian acquired the Celtics, while the Celtics owner Irv Levin got the Braves, who were later moved to San Diego to become the Clippers.

June 28, 1988: The Los Angeles Clippers used the first pick in the 1988 NBA Draft to select Danny Manning of Kansas, the College Player of the Year who had led the Jayhawks to the NCAA title.

January 3, 1998: Los Angeles Clippers head coach Bill Fitch coached his 2,000th NBA game.

February 27, 1999: Los Angeles Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler works his 1,500th Clippers game in a game against the Atlanta Hawks.

March 10, 1999: The Los Angeles Clippers lost their 17th straight game to begin the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, tying the NBA record for losses at the start of a season set by the Miami Heat in the 1988-89 season.

November 2, 1999: Los Angeles Clippers' rookie forward Lamar Odom scored 30 points in his NBA debut, a 104-92 loss to Seattle

October 1, 2002: Wang Zhizhi signs a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, resulting in Wang becoming the first player from the People's Republic of China to play in the National Basketball Association.

May 19, 2009: The NBA's Los Angeles Clippers win the first overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft lottery. This was the Clippers' first lottery win since the 1998 NBA Draft where they selected Michael Olowokandi out of the University of Pacific.

June 25, 2009: Blake Griffin is selected first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers.

December 8, 2011: In an unprecedented move, a three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Lakers is vetoed by Commissioner David Stern. With the NBA owning a majority-stake in the Hornets, the trade was overturned amid pressure from other team owners who opposed the transaction. Paul was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Clippers before the NBA sold the Hornets to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson.

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