Year after year, the Clippers have been hammered with injuries. For nine straight seasons starting in 2005-06, the team never finished among the 10 healthiest teams by games lost due to injury, according to injury-tracking site InStreetClothes.com. That streak ended in 2014-15 — hooray! — only to be undone by devastating playoff injuries in 2015 and 2016. And even today, as the team fights through injuries, Rivers still refuses to blindly chalk it up to some faceless group of vengeful basketball gods.
Instead of shirking responsibility and resigning it to bad luck, Rivers went to work this past summer to establish a sports science and performance department to complement the work of Clippers trainer Jasen Powell, who has been with the team for almost two decades. Rivers, along with Lawrence Frank, who moved from the coaching bench to the front office as executive VP of basketball operations, picked up the phone and called around the league to find the best talent and bring it to the Clippers.
They settled on Mark Simpson, who was a British performance guru in the world of cycling before the Oklahoma City Thunder made him the first full-time sports science director in the four major American sports. This summer, the Clippers hired him away from their Western Conference foe — then set to work augmenting their nutrition, sleep and recovery systems to ensure they would get the most out of their players.
Game Mens William Gay Jersey
Elite Womens Larry Csonka Jersey This game featured the first backdoor cover in Super Bowl history. After Pittsburgh went up 21-10 with 3:31 left, Roger Staubach hit Percy Howard with 1:56 left to trim the Steelers’ lead to four, within the 6.5-point spread. Dallas actually had one last drive to try and win the game, but the drive stalled at the Steelers 38. The worst bad beat belonged to those who took the under. The teams combined for 17 points in the first three quarters before exploding for 21 points in the fourth, culminating in Howard’s touchdown. The Cowboys became the first team to lose the Super Bowl but cover the spread, a feat that wouldn’t be repeated until Super Bowl XXIII.