It was a Saturday morning in mid-May, and a few hours earlier, a man named Eric Klenk had pulled up to the local Walgreens and bought a dozen of his friends a pair of shoes.
The store had just opened for the weekend, and the chain was still stocking the first dozen boxes of the NBA playoffs, including a pair for Klenck.
He’d been buying sneakers from a nearby shoe store before the NBA had a new shoe for every team, and that was still the case in May.
But he didn’t want to miss the finals.
And so, at Walgills, Klench pulled out his credit card and walked in to buy the sneakers.
“I walked in and saw a pair,” he says.
And for many, that was a little too soon. “
Klenzk had been looking forward to going to a game for months, but the season wasn’t until September.
And for many, that was a little too soon.
The NBA playoffs had barely kicked off that month, and most of the teams were already halfway through their seasons.
So Klencke didn’t even know what to expect.
After all, he’d only ever seen basketball games before.
“This is the first time I’m actually watching a basketball game.” “
All of a sudden I’m like, oh, this is the most exciting thing in the world,” he remembers.
“This is the first time I’m actually watching a basketball game.”
The first NBA game in 2019: The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Houston Rockets, 115-105, on Monday night.
Photo by: David Becker/Getty Images The first real NBA game was the first of 2019, and to the fans of both the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Clippers were going to be an exciting addition to the mix.
The Warriors were the favorites to win it all.
The Cavaliers were a playoff team, but had been battling injuries to their stars in the first half of the season.
But the Clippers had won their previous three games, and were now riding a seven-game winning streak.
So fans were excited about the team’s chances.
And to Klenke, it was a chance to see something new.
Klenki had never watched a basketball team play.
He was only 21, but he had a passion for basketball.
He had watched a few college games, but not as much as the Clippers.
So when Klenkink walked into the arena at Staples Center to watch the Warriors play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs, he wasn’t really looking for a game.
He just wanted to see his favorite team in action.
But that was the only game he had been interested in.
So, Kynk was surprised when he walked into Staples Center and saw there was no game to watch.
He wasn’t alone.
The Clippers were a week away from their first playoff game, and their first postseason game.
The teams were both still trying to shake off injuries to key players.
The Rockets were playing without Kevin Martin, who had been out with a sprained left ankle since last month.
And the Warriors were losing Kevin Durant to a broken hand, which could potentially delay their playoff push for a bit.
And that was just the beginning.
The season was just beginning, and there were some big changes coming for the Clippers, who would be entering the postseason with only seven players.
That would soon change.
After the Clippers lost in four games to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals, general manager Mitch Kupchak went on national television to tell the world that he would not be able to trade Kevin Durant, who has been the franchise’s best player since his rookie year in 2007.
And after the Clippers won the 2017-18 regular season and the 2018 NBA Finals, Kupchyak took over as general manager.
“My first job was to take Kevin away from the Clippers,” he said on the show.
“And I just said, this guy is not going to win a title with me, not in the next three years, not at all.
And I’m not going anywhere.”
That was the beginning of a transformation for the franchise.
Kupchiak and general manager R.C. Buford were able to acquire a pair a solid frontcourt players in the form of Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford, and they were able add a top-notch wing player in DeAndre Jordan, who was expected to lead the Clippers back to the playoffs.
“Our team has evolved,” Kupcho said on “The Dan Patrick Show.”
“It’s been a long road.
We’ve gone from having no talent to having two great players.”
So when the Clippers took the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder, KUpchak made it clear to his team that they were going all-in.
He and Bufords brought in veteran forward Chandler Parsons, who’d scored in double figures in six of his previous seven seasons with