After more than two decades as the part-time NBA pre-season home of the Los Angeles Lakers, the purple-and-gold’s intracity rivals arrived in Hawaii Tuesday.
This year, the Clippers are opening their first training camp in the Aloha State.
“When everybody first heard about coming to Hawaii, I think there was a lot of excitement, just about getting away and coming to a place like this for so long,” said Clippers forward Blake Griffin. “So yeah, it’s definitely great. Like I said with all these new guys, it’s even better.”
“I love getting away, a long way away, and this is such a great place to do it in,” said head coach Doc Rivers. “It’s like fool’s gold, you know? You wake up in the morning and you see the ocean and then you think wow, this is a vacation, and then you go into the gym and you realize it’s not. I think it’s a good back and forth.”
Rivers tells KHON2 he plans to have the team do some water activities, though his son, Clippers guard Austin Rivers, says otherwise.
“(My dad has) never been on a beach in his life, so I don’t even know what he’s talking about,” he said with a laugh. “He don’t ever go on a beach. I’ve heard stories about how he cut his foot on shells or something. I don’t know what he’s made up. Don’t let him gas you guys. He’s not going on a beach.”
The Clippers Hawaii Classic will bring a week of events leading up to a Fan Fest on Saturday at the Hawaii Convention Center, followed by two preseason games between the Clippers and the Toronto Raptors running on Sunday, Oct. 1, and Tuesday, Oct. 3.
The Clippers, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and AEG will host the free Fan Fest for the public featuring the team’s players and coaches along with family activities, food and beverages, arts and crafts, and a basketball skills workshop.
Tickets for the games at the Stan Sheriff Center can be purchased online with seats beginning at $20.
- Click here to register for the Clippers Hawaii Classic Fan Fest
1801 Kalakaua Avenue
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Click here to purchase tickets for the preseason games
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Toronto Raptors
Stan Sheriff Center
Oct. 1, 2017 – 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 3, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.