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This thread is dedicated to one of the mos' underrated playaz today..

& his eagerly anticipated All-Star debut!

One of the hardest workin' fellays in the league will be helpin' the Clipps finally git that Western Conf. title (at least)!!

FOREWORD:

The very beginning of this story of unspeakable devotion and great sacrifices, is hidden somewhere around the 2000-'01 NBA season. A Clippers season marked by Corey Maggette's debut with the team. It was also when a then-teenage fan's dream was born.

Ever since I casted my 1st ever online All-Star vote, I had that ambition of helping my favorite NBA player, make his All-Star debut. But little did I know, that the dream I had, would prove to be almost impossible to fulfill. For my favorite, could not at all compare to the popularity level of the brightest NBA stars... For better or for worse, I chose to give my unconditional online voting support to none other than Corey MAGGETTE.

I can honestly say I'm always obsessed (in a good way) with the LA Clippers. And when All-Star Balloting tips off, I must turn into a "warrior".

Not only that I try to cast as many votes as I can every day, but I also try to get more and more people involved in the All-Star voting. This season I asked almost ev'ryone to help vote Corey into "The Game". For I believe that if there's more than 1 Clipper in the All-Star, that would definitly improve the locker-room atmosphere, uplift the team's spirit and give players more confidence, so they can finally make that eagerly anticipated Playoff appearance.

Rain, Snow, Sleet, I must always be there (online), voting unstoppably. 'Cause I take it as if "I'm on a mission, not on a exhibition". The mid November - late January span is always full of sleepless nights for me. Because I wanna vote from every single PC in every single cyber cafe in town. I also like to put down my "numbers".

That's hoiw I've set "records" like "Most votes casted in just one day" (341!) and so and so on...

Here's how he improved my Vote totals over the years:

Season - Total Votes Casted

2000-'01 - 49

2001-'02 - 85

2002-'03 - 138

2003-'04 - 494

2004-'05 - 2536

2005-'06 - 3352 (!)

But, unfortunately, no matter how hard I tried, and no matter how many folks I got involved, through the years, I still couldn't help Corey in the voting much. Last year, for instance, Elton & Corey needed at least some 190,000 votes each...

It's been so long, since I've been looking for true, die-hard Clippers-fans to help me. 'Cause all I've come up with so far, is almost nothing. The only accomplishment is Elton's All-Star selections. But as for - Corey, his All-Star apogee so far, is the 2001 Slam Dunk Contest, and he finished last (Pictures & Clip below). This should not be so...

It's about time things changed.

Photos from Corey MAGGETTE's only All-Star (Weekend) appearance:

That's why he ain't gettin' many All-Star votes. It turns out that it don’t matter who you are or how gaudy your numbers are; slip into that Clippers' red, white and blue, and they’re gonna start takin' shots. Check out E.B. He’s Mr. 20-10, one of the best fours in the League. But because he’s on that Clipper ship, he gets far less love (and All-Star consideration) than other forwards. Or Q-Rich " nobody talked about him last year, even when he was blowing up at the two. Once he signed with Phoenix, though, things looked a lot brighter in the desert.

So it seems to be with Corey. No matter how many pts he scores or how hard he works, he’s still a Clipper.

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'06-'07 Home-Opener: 96-95 W vs DEN (1-1, 2nd Pac.)

Corey came up huge when it mattered da mos' & chipped in wit' 13 pts (3-6), 7 rebs & 2 ast. in 29 mins. off da bench.

C-Magg & the Clips next host da Suns - Sat, NOV. 4th, 7:30 PM

Shaliq's Word:

Everyone has their own opinion. But each and every year Corey's goal has been to get better. When you’re playing for an organization nobody likes, you’re gon' get some bad reviews. But it seems like people are always hatin' on him.

The strange thing is, Corey’s been proving haters wrong for a few years now. And he’s by no means a finished product. But he still doesn't get any All-Star consideration.

He’s a player who's increased his scoring in each of his first 5 NBA seasons, improved his rebounding average by a full 2 boards and nearly quadrupled his assists since his rookie year. He doesn’t get in trouble off the court, makes nice with the media and is involved in the community. Yet he’s getting killed. The motive? Well, there is compelling evidence that Corey may be a victim of one of the NBA’s most crippling conditions: "Guilt by Clipper Association".

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Game 3: 114-108 W (2-1, 2nd Pac.)

Corey & Sam led the way with 23 pts apiece, and Maggs added 12 boards as LAC got payback for Wednesday's loss in PHX wit' a 114-108 win at STAPLES on Saturday.

MVP Performance:

Clippers swingman Corey Maggette took over in the 2nd qtr, scorin' 15 pts in that 12-min. period, on the way to a game and season-high in scorin'.

C-Magg also added 12 boards, 1 ast. & 1 stl in 30:42 mins.

P.S.

Corey doesn’t stop working. Ever. A lot of pro athletes talk about their offseason devotion to self-improvement. Corey lives it. He took off 3 days over the summer, total - weekends and holidays included. Three days for a family reunion down in Florida, nothing more.

Otherwise, he ran. He lifted. He shot. He balled. He did it again the next day. Whether he was working with trainers or shot specialists, Corey was on the job. How can you not appreciate something like that? You want these millionaires to earn their keep? Well, Corey’s out there, trying to bring his hourly wage down by working longer for the same dough. Try to find many folks in this country willing to do it.

And judging by his stats, he’s working on just about e'rything. Like free throws. When Corey came into the NBA, he hit a solid 75.1 %. Last year, he connected on 84.8 % from the line, and since his percentage has improved in each of his 5 seasons, there’s reason to believe Maggette could hit the 90-percent mark at some point in the next few years.

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Game 4: 102-89 W (3-1, 2nd Pac.)

Corey Maggette topped the Clipper offense wit' 20 pts, 9 rebs & a steal (28 mins) off da bench.

Meanwhile, it's offishal: Corey's da Clippers' 6th man. His All-Star Mission to Vegas won't be easy at all. But like the LA Silver Bullet said:

"It's about winnin', 'bout da Team, so I told coach, let's jus' do this!"

"It ain't 'bout the coach and our personal whatever we're going through, it's 'bout my teammates and wantin' to help 'em out. It's jus' betta fa da team this way."

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Game 5: 103-84 W (4-1, 2nd Pac.)

Corey Maggette goes strong to the hoop against Dirk Nowitzki and Erick Dampier.

The LA Silver Bullet notched his 2nd '06-'07 double-double: 12 pts, 12 rebs, 1 ast (30 mins.)!

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Game 6: 92-76 W (5-1, 1st Pac.)

COREY has a huge role in the Clippers' 5-game Winnin' Streak!

Corey goes strong to the hoop against Hilton Armstrong (L) & puts up a shot against Rasual Butler.

The LA Silver Bullet notched his 3rd '06-'07 double-double: 14 pts, 10 rebs, added 1 ast (20 mins). LAC - the hottest team in the league, won 5th straight!

NBA All-Star 2007 ballot announced later today...

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Game 7: 90-112 L @ UTA (5-2, 1st Pacific)

C-Maggs tallied 17 pts, 3 rebs, 2ast (23 min.) in Salt Lake City, but it wasn't enough as LA lost.

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Game 8: 103-97 W (6-2, 1st Pac.)

Corey goes strong to the hoop against the Sixers.

The Secret Weapon posted 21 pts, 8 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk (31 mins).

The Clippers rallied from a 16-point deficit to send it into OT

With the win, the Clippers are now 6-0 when playing on their home court this season, which is the first 6-0 home start for Los Angeles in franchise history!

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Game 9: 101-105 L (6-3, 2nd Pac.)

Corey led da Clips wit' 20 pts, 6 rebs, 2 ast, 1 stl in 30 mins (off da bench),

but it wasn't enough as the Clips took its 1st loss @ STAPLES this season - a 101-105 defeat to the Lakers.

Despite the loss, the Clippers (6-3) still have a chance to extend their best home start in the franchise's 37-year history to 7-0.

P.S.

Corey has scored 20 or more against the Lakers for the last 8 meetings, incl. tonight's 20 point, 6 rebound performance.

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Game 10: 85-95 L (6-4, 2nd Pac.)

Corey chipped in wit' 10 pts, 2 rebs in 19 mins (off da bench),

but the Clips were caught on the back end of a back-to-back. Even though they're at home, the Sonics had fresher legs...

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Game 11: 96-104 L @ MIN (6-5, 3rd Pac.)

Corey: 18 pts, 5 rebs, 4 ast (27 mins. /off da bench)

The Clippers played without their 2nd-leading rebounder (Kaman sprained his left ankle in practice on Friday & was deactivated).

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Game 12: 88-103 L @ DEN (6-6, 5th Pac.)

Despite Corey's 3rd double-double of the season (22 pts, 12 rebs + 2 stl, 1 ast, 1 blk), the Clippers lost their 4th straigh road game

(5th overall).

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Game 13: 80-93 L @ SAC (6-7, 5th Pac.)

Corey: 6 pts (6-7 FT), 3 rebs, 3 ast, 1 stl. (20 mins. /off da bench)

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Game 14: 105-90 W vs. MEM (7-7, 5th Pac.)

Corey finished wit': 12 pts, 3 rebs, 1 ast. (22 mins. /off da bench).

"We were just moving the ball well and making our shots,'' he said. "The past couple of games we weren't. But tonight, we were doing a lot of good things that put us in a great position. When we're playing good hard D and making our shots, we're a tough team to beat.''

P.S.

Casted two mo' (All-Star votes) fa Corey & the Clippers: &

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20 votes so far today, my man Jabril said he's casted some 50 mo' this week..

The 200-vote plateau has been reached!

... Ufr.. ..NkP.. ..5U6..

We got CODES!! From diff'rent All-Star votes! We Got CODEZ!!

P.S.

This time last year (early Dec. '05)

The total tally so far - 450 Clipper-votes! Some friends promised to back me up with some votes. Last year's balloting record of 2536(!) votes still looks unbreakable...

Meanwhile, Corey left a game versus Miami followin' the 3rd qtr with a left foot ligament sprain and did not return.

The MRI was negative and he was listed as day-to-day

He would remained listed as day-to-day over the next few weeks...

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Meeting of the Minds

"When I come in, I try to make something happen," said Maggette, who had 21 pts & 8 rebs. "We needed a boost, we needed some type of a lift, and I'm just glad I can help this team out."

Up next - the Lakers

The Lakers have a 126-43 all-time lead in the LA battles.

P.S. - Today's "Maximus-votes":

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Game 15: 88-97 L vs. LAL (7-8, 5th Pac.)

Corey: 15 pts (5-5 FT), 8 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl. (25 mins. /off da bench)

NOTE:

The Lakers lead all-time series 127-43, but the teams split the season series each of the past 2 yrs.

Ageless wonder

"I got an e-mail from Ryan in Michigan last week that said, "I think Sam Cassell should win the most productive player ever award... but that's just my opinion." The e-mail was totally unprovoked, as I hadn't written about Cassell in any previous McTens. Well, Ryan in Michigan, I can't say that I disagree with you. The 14-year vet who just turned 37 on Nov. 18, was producing against the Lakers with his patented brand of switching speeds to get off his feathery jumper. Sam-I-Am ended up with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and continued to make his case for Ryan's fictional award."

The McTen

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Game 16: 116-91 W vs. ORL (8-8, 5th Pac.)

Corey contributed wit' 17 pts, 4 rebs, 1 ast, 1stl. (28 mins).

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Game 17: 101-97 W vs. MIA (9-8, 3rd Pac.)

Corey had 7 pts, 6rebs (13 mins). He also hit 2 FTs wit' 10 seconds left to seal the victory for LA in the Clippers' 101-97 home triumph over the '06 DEFENDIN' CHAMPS!! 8)

P.S.

Casted 48 votes yesterday (Dec. 7th), my man Jabril said he's casted 14 mo' this week..

... Ufr.. ..NkP.. ..5U6..

..3o5.. ..kxB.. ..S38..

We got CODES!! From diff'rent All-Star votes! We Got CODEZ!!

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Game 18: 82-111 L @ SAS (9-9, 3rd Pac.)

Despite Corey Maggette's 12 pts, 8 rebs, 4 ast, 2 stls. In his 1st start this season, he led the team in Rebs, Assist & Steals, but the Clippers couldn't record their 1st road win of the season with a 111-82 loss in San Antonio on Friday night. Liv added team-high 16 pts & soph. Daniel Ewing hit one of LA's 2 treys on the way for 7 pts in 12 mins.

“San Antonio is just a better team than us right now and that was really exposed tonight. They just execute better and are just better all the way around. On the other hand, we didn’t do the things we needed to do. It doesn’t help when you’re not hitting your shots or playing the best defense that you can.”

L.A. will battle the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday. Then they meet the Spurs again at STAPLES Center on Monday.

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Game 19: 89-82 W @ MEM (10-9, 3rd Pac.)

Corey Maggette, who started his first game of the season Friday night at San Antonio, was back in his reserve role coming off the bench Saturday. He contributed wit' 9 pts, 7 rebs,3 stl, 1 ast (24 min.) for LAC's 1st road W this season.[/center]

P.S. Dec. 9th wuz a good day to vote! Casted 109(!)* online Clipper-votes! This is a season-high for me. I'll git back to what I do best tomorrow I try to break my career-high record for "Most Votes Casted in Jus' Wan Day" - 341(!). They don't call me the Kobe Bryant of All-Star Votin' fa nothin':

< + ^ = some of Shaliq's Dec. 8th-Votes (12 so far).


*look for a lot of All-Star Validation number codes at my C-Magg Star Tracker...

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Ballotin' Memories:

January 1st, '06, 2:30 AM

After celebating New Year's Eve, Shaliq got back to work. Inspired by Jamie FOXX's "Any Given Sunday", he casted 21 votes, increasing the total to 894.

"...Sacrifice, Don't Give Up Now, You Know You Gotta Face Some Dues On Any Given Sunday.

It Depends On You If You Win Or Lose... Strive To Achieve & Fight For What U Believe In."

Sunday, JANUARY 22nd, '06

Last day of last year's voting program. Shaliq casted 171 votes. Increased his total to 3339, and then he saw the Last Balloting Returns.

Western Conference/ Forwards:

Elton Brand was 7th with 317, 426 votes. The 10th and last name on that list was Lamar Odom with 179, 681 votes.

No Corey Maggette...

Shaliq had the intention of voting all night long again, but now it seemed useless. Any attempt to change anything would've been futile...

He had lost any hope and faith and got home feeling defeated.

That night he said to himself "If the Clippers had someone to pay fans just to vote... Corey would've got voted in. His popularity would've grown so much. And the Clippers would only benefit from this. It's such a shame they ain't got that Mark Cuban type of guy to make that risky investition..."

Monday, JANUARY 23rd, '06, 6:00 AM

Shaliq could not get much sleep that night. Tossed and turned in his bed, tormented by the thought of another failure. So many votes - in vain... Then he realized, that he'd been aiming too high. And should've set an easier goal - to get Corey in the Top 10 Forwards list. So that he could at least see how many votes the Clippers' #50 had collected (unfortunately only the numbers of the top 10 vote-getters for every position are displayed at NBA.com)

Voting deadline was 00:00 - January 23rd. That meant he had until 7:00 AM (local time) to vote. But he ain't had a PC at home, so he had to go to the nearest cyber cafe. He rushed out and ran for the bus stop with one wish only - to cast as many votes as he could, by the end of the balloting program. It was freezing cold outside (-13 degrees Celsius). And he urgently needed Internet access. Then he saw some lights in the darkness of the road. A bus was coming. That would've saved some precious minutes. Shaliq was grateful for this chance. But no sooner had he got in, than he realized he was on the wrong bus. And it would stop after another mile. As soon as Shaliq got off that unlucky bus, he rushed back through a shortcut. Just when he saw the nearest bus stop was just 50 ft from him, he heard a familiar bus noise. This time it was the one he would really need. But it was some 100 ft. behind him. There was no time to chill. He started running like a fugitive through puddles of mud, just to make the much needed bus. The snowstorm bruised and battered his face. There was no sidewalk on that narrow street and as the bus passed by him it filled his shoes with muddy water.

He somehow made it, driven by his strong will and desire to help Corey. And when he saw his reflection in the bus window, he was unrecognisable to himself. Couldn't know his own face.

Shaliq would eventually cast 13 more votes before the end of the NBA All-Star Balloting Program.

He would finish with a total of 3352 All-Star votes for Corey Maggette (and Elton Brand, of course). And for the 6th straight

year, it won't be enough for Corey to make the West All-Star Team...

"I could've done a whole lot more", Shaliq says. "Right now school's eating most of my time. If voting was in the summertime, I could've at least doubled my votes."

"Better Luck Next Year!", a friend of mine would add. "After All, Practice Makes Perfect."

One thing's for sure, never before, in my whole life, have I ever felt such unconditional support, such strong compassion and sympathy. Moreover, it's for something so distant and remote (I'm from a Bulgarian town called Bourgas).

P.S.

This is not the full story. A lot of things were left out.

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Game 20: 81-103 L vs. SAS (10-10, 3rd Pac.)

The Clippers were without Corey Maggette, sidelined by a bruised left knee and tendinitis in his left achilles. This is the 1st time C-Magg misses a game this season.

Sam & Kaman were also out... Very, very strange...

I've said it many times...and I'll say it again...u can't start both LIV and ROSS at the same time as they are not a threat from the outside (they can't keep their man honest on defense)...which leaves their man to double team down-low... Tonight was even worse...as u had William in there instead of Kaman...and u can see right away the Spurs were forcing the ball out of Cat's and EB's hands with the quick double team...and forcing the other 3 to shoot...

We lost this game in the first 12 mins (DAYUMMM!!)

P.S.

After castin' 109 Clipper-votes the other day, Shaliq added 54 mo' yesterday.

Jabril chipped in wit' 19:

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Game 21: 86-105 L vs. UTA (10-11, 4th Pac.)

Without 2 of their top scores Corey (bruised left knee) & Sam (left heel soreness), the injury-riddled Clipps couldn't steal wan from Utah @ Staples on Wednesday. EB led the Clippers with 20 pts & 4 rebs. Despite a stomach virus, Kaveman added 19 pts & 10 rebs and Tim Thomas had 16 pts & 7 boards for LAC, which shot 40.3 %. L.A. had won 4 straight @ home against the Jazz.

This is the 2nd game C-Magg misses this season.

The Clippers have lost 3 of their last 4 games, with the losses comin' by a combined 70 pts.

Earlier last nite, Coach Mike Dunleavy was signed on a multi-year deal, beginnin' nex' season.

P.S.

I really hope Corey remains a Clipper. He's been & still IZ a huge part of this team's heart & soul..

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'07 All-Star Ballotin', 1st Returns/ WESSYDE - FWs/ Starters: 1. Kevin Garnett (Minn) 453,536; 2. Tim Duncan (SA) 423,228;


Possible Bench: 3. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 405,613; 4. Carmelo Anthony (Den) 364,419; 5. Shane Battier (Hou) 265,340; 6. Lamar Odom (LAL) 155,289;


Shawn Marion (Pho) 130,710; Josh Howard (Dal) 118,399; Carlos Boozer (Utah) 113,289; Pau Gasol (Mem) 100,192

Where's Corey..? Confused What about Elton? I'm still votin' fa...

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Game 22: 99-109 L @ POR (10-12, 5th Pac.)

Corey, who missed the past 2 gms, was back wit' 18 pts & 1 board in a reserve role.

"Travis Outlaw was really the difference tonight," Maggette said. "He scored 15 points in 18 minutes. That's huge for them. Juan Dixon hit some shots and really gave them a lift. We just didn't play defense tonight and we need to improve that."

L.A. trailed by 2 @ halftime but couldn't keep pace in Oregon. Wit' their latest loss, the Clippers slipped to last place in the Pacific Div...

Yet the fact remains - C-Magg averaged a team-high 22.2 ppg 2 seasons ago, and this season, he is a reserve, averaging 14.1 pts.

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Game 23: 103-108 L vs HOU (10-13, 5th Pac.)

Corey 19 pts, 3 stl, 1reb & 1 ast. (27 mins) in his 388th game as a Clipper.

Meanwhile, I'm wonderin'.. How many games must the Clippers lose before Mike Dunleavy makes a significant line-up change?!

It gets to the point where it takes 2 serious injuries (Thomas & Ross) for Dunleavy to try smth. new..

Honestly, if we end up something like 30-52 by season's end, I don't see how this guy can keep his job even with the new contract...

I won't be surprised if season ticket sales drop next year & fans don't go to many games or buy any new Clippers gear until a change is made.. That's the only way a fan can state his opinion to the ownership...

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Game 24: 96-98 L vs TOR (10-14, 5th Pac.)

Corey posted 20 pts, 6 rebs & 3 ast. (35 mins) in the Clippers' 5th straight loss (equaled their longest skid this season. They never lost more than 5 in a row last season en route da 2nd-best record in franchise history 47-35 behind the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves 49-33).

The brightside: "Maximus" registered his 2nd start of the season. It's his 265th start in 389th games as a Clipper (270/466 GS/G career).

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Game 25: 83-115 @ DAL (10-15, 5th Pac.)

Corey Maggette led all Clippers wit' 19 pts, 1 reb, 1 stl.

Brand had all of his 18 pts in the 1st half, wan of the few early bright spots for the Clippers.

Dallas broke the game open with a 14-0 third-qtr spurt.

P.S.

A friend helped me wit' this switch:

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Game 26: 98-93 @ HOU (11-15, 5th Pac.)

Corey chipped in wit' 11 pts + a board & a steal in 18 mins. off da bench!

"The LA Silver Bullet" also helped L.A. a lot' by usin' all of his 6 fouls to slow down the Rockets.

TT scored 21 pts & Cat Mobley added 18 as the Clippers beat the Ming-less, T-Mac-less Rockets to snap a 6-game skid!

Meanwhile, Corey is only 9 games away from registerin' his Game #400 fa da LA Clippers.

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Game 27: 92-102 @ UTA (11-16, 5th Pac.)

Corey finished with 19 pts, 2 rebs, 2 ast, 1 stl, while EB added 21 pts & 7 ast for the Clippers, who fell to 1-30 at the EnergySolutions Arena (fmr. Delta Center) since it opened in 1991. The Clippers' only win here was 96-89 on Jan. 22, '03.

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Game 28: 100-77 vs. BOS (12-16, 5th Pac.)

Corey Maggette had 11 pts, 11 boards & 2 dimes in less than 24 mins(!).

EB & TT added 25 pts apiece as da Clippers snapped a 4-gm home skid on Wednesday nite.

The winning margin was the largest by the Clippers' franchise against Boston!! B)

The Clippers were one point off their best defensive effort of the season, when they beat the New Orleans Hornets 92-76 on Nov. 12 @ STAPLES Center.

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Corey & the Clippers look for their 2nd straight win when they host the Kings tonight. Sacramento has won all 14 matchups with LA since a 112-107 road loss on Jan. 18, '03 when Corey Maggette killed the Kings wit' 23 pts in jus' 23 mins:

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Welcome to smeleyee on the Clippers Topbuzz site, I think he is a new guy. He must be Corey Maggette's biggest fan with the wild dominating number of posts he submitted showing off all of Corey's accomplishments. Good work, and hey, if you are not a new guy, welcome anywayz. JamFan

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Yeah, Smeleyee, you really put some work together to make that post. It looks pretty sweet indeed. And welcome, if you're new.

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Wow that's nice work Smeleyee. I like that nickname for Maggette- "Silver Bullet of LA".

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THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WARM WELCOME!

I'm really glad nobody insulted me, cursed me or used profanity against me for bein' a Corey Maggette and a Clippers fan!

GUYS LIKE Y'ALL MAKE THIS PLACE DOPE!!

P.S.

Game 29: 102-93 vs. SAC (13-16, 4th Pac.)

Corey Maggette provided a huge spark off the bench with 21 pts & 7 rebs. The LA Silver Bullet helped the Clippz win their 2nd straight & their 1st against the Kings in nearly 4 yrs!! EB tallied 22 pts, 5 rebs & 3 blks. Cat Mobley added 17 pts & 6 boards as 5ive L.A. playaz reached double figures!

Wit' da win the Clippz surpassed da Kings in da Pacific Div. & climbed to 4th place!

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Have you fallen in love with Gette??? Wink or maybe you are his friend?or...wow!How many info about corey!

Why is he your favourite player?Is there any special reason to dedicate him this topic?

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I'm jus' tryinna keep it real man.. It doesn't hurt being a die-hard Maggetee fan. But above all, he's a good Role Model:

"Coach Krzyzewski taught me a lot about winning, and about losing," says the NBA star. "You always give 110%, and when you win you don't get cocky, and when you lose you don't get down. You keep on giving 110%. That's a pretty good way to look at life in general."

Corey MAGGETTE

P.S.

November 12th, 1979. (Corey MAGGETTE's Birthday)

A date that would change the course of many lives...

The birthdate of a boy born not to play basketball. A boy who had to work at it long and hard, for years, as he still does today, to become the NBA star he is.

Though not impoverished, he knew more than his share of hardships growing up in a rough neighborhood in Chicago, the son of parents who worked hard day-in and day-out just to make ends meet. His father was a steel worker, and his mom the employee of a gas company. They made sure there was always food on the table for their 3 kids, a roof over their heads, and decent clothes on their backs, but luxuries were few and far between.

The player recalls a Christmas Day in his early childhood when his father had been laid off of work, and the family finances were stretched almost to the breaking point. In a gesture that has remained profound for the NBA star to this day, his brother refused to let his parents buy him any Christmas presents so that what little money was could go toward gifts for him.

"You don't forget things like that", Corey says. "That really touched me so deeply, and it taught me, at a young age, the real meaning of unselfishness."

SOURCE: About Corey

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SmeyeLee = The Biggest LAC-Fan Overseas...Wow!Its sounds great!More Clipper soldiers around the world!Where are you from?

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I'm currently in some Eastern European country called Bulgaria (slightly larger than Tennessee). The only good thing 'bout this place - it's on the Black Sea coast..

-> Many of 'em act like they never seen a colored person befo'! (what if they really ain't. That's no excuse for starin'.. DAMN!)

-> Way too many Bulgarians ain't got a clue 'bout baseball rules, not to mention football ones (not soccer - they krayzie 'bout it, esp. european soccer. It's so annoyin' - they talk about it anywhere). Most of 'em are so uninterested, detached, impartial, indifferent, apathetic, unconcerned, lukewarm, supine & stony 'bout world outside Europe.. (I hate it)

Some even discuss lame Bulgarian soccer in cinemas! Like when I was watchin' Denzel's last flick.. QUADRUPLE DAMN!!)

Man, most Bulgarians suck B!g time! I feel so isolated among 'em. It's worse than a desert. I'd run away from this b!tchy place as soon as I can...

Anyway, I casted some 54 votes yesterday. And I'm gettin' back to what I do best today & e'ryday!

GO CLIPSHOW!!

P.S.

Game 30: 90-80 vs. NYK (14-16, 4th Pac.)[/color]

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Game 31: 86-91 @ ORL (14-17, 5th Pac.)

Corey Maggette led the Clippers wit' 20 pts on 6-of-11 shootin', but Tim Thomas' potential game-tyin' 3-pter in the final seconds fell short and L.A. lost, 91-86, in Orlando on Tuesday night. Corey also added 3 rebs in 1 steal in his bid for 6th Man of the Year.

The Clippers had previously won 3 straight overall and 4 consecutive over the Magic.

P.S.

Corey is only 6 games away from registerin' game #400 as a Clipper.

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Game 32: 110-95 @ MIA (15-17, 5th Pac.)

Corey Maggette had 16 pts, 11 rebs, 2 ast & 1 stl. in his 3rd start of the season!* Los Angeles had 7 playaz goin' fa 9 pts at least. EB led da way with 19 of his game-high 28 pts befo' halftime.


*It was Corey's 266th start in 397 games wit' LAC (in his 7th year). Overall NBA Career: 474 Games, 271 Starts (8th year).

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Corey MAGGETTE, L.A. CLIPPERS

The Free Throw: During his rookie campaign in 1999, Corey Maggette connected on a respectable 75.1% of his free throw attempts as a high-flying swingman with the Orlando Magic. Not a bad mark by any means, but the ex-Duke Blue Devil had his sights set higher. "[After my rookie year], I put in a lot of hard work in the offseason, tuning up and changing stuff around," he says. "My shooting coach helped me out as well." And what was his main focus? "My technique," Maggette explains. "Having the right technique is always a big part of it. Your technique is really what makes you a good shooter."

The result has been a steady rise in Corey's free throw accuracy for each of his seven seasons and now he is a career 82% free throw shooter. Not concidentially, his scoring average has also seen a jump---from 8.4 ppg in '99 to 22.2 ppg last season---as he has made a living at the foul line.

The Ritual: Now one of the NBA's best from the charity stripe, rhythm is the name of the game for Maggette. "The main thing that I do now is to just try to get into a rhythm," he says. "Before every game, I always make 20 in a row and when I come in before shootaround, I make it a habit to hit 10 in a row. Then, right as the game is about to start, I make two more in the final minute of warmups."

"Your form is always important," Corey adds. "So I've just continued to work on mine."

SOURCE

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Game 33: 105-116 @ WSH (15-18, 5th Pac.)

C-Maggs notched 15 pts and 4 rebs but 'em Clipps wuz outscored by 19 in da 2nd qtr and couldn't recover. EB led LA wit' 29 pts and 12 rebs.


Corey is only 2 contests away from his 400th game on da Clippership!

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Game 36: 92-91 @ MIN (17-19, 4th Pac.)

Corey Maggette scored 4 of his 21 points in the final minute to give the Clippers a road win.

Maximus twice put L.A. on top in the final minute, and his long jumper with 4.8 seconds to go, lift LA to a thrillin' win in Minnesota! C-Maggs also led all Clippers wit 8 rebs. It was game number 399 in blue, white and red for "The LA Silver Bullet". EB had 21 pts and Sam "I Am" had 18 wit' 5 rebs, 5 assists. The game marked LAC's 1st road-game W streak of the season (2 games). The Clippers finished da 6-gm road trip 3-3.

[/center] P.S. In the game story in Thursday's LA Times, Sam says he is a big Corey Maggette fan...and it was great to see him hit the game winner.

The story also quotes EB as saying he hopes/thinks the Clippers can work things out with Corey -- that he's such a key part of the team. In fact, that's a BIG part of the Jason Reid story.

And, about the game itself...When Cuttino missed the shot, got the rebound, went up again but lost it...and EB got the rebound, EB said he was planning to shoot it himself. But he heard an open Corey yelling E.B., E.B. (a voice he knew from their many years together*, Elton said), so he turned and passed it out to Corey.


*Former Duke Blue Devil teammates Elton Brand & Corey Maggette have been the Clippers' core for mo' than 6 yrs now.

Some postgame quotes:

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Corey MAGGETTE: "(Brand) was looking to pass it out and I just ran behind him and had an open look. I said thank God for making the shot... My job is just to go out there and play my man and score. I wasn't expected to hit the game-winner, but I am expected to be productive for this team. I am just glad we got the win."

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Sam CASSELL: "Nothing (Maggette) does surprises me. Corey is a guy that rebounds the ball extremely well for a two-guard, attacks the basket well for us, and makes shots. He's an all-purpose ballplayer."

"If we can play like this, with this aggression, this passion... That is what we have been doing these last two games and that is why we have been successful. I tell the guys I am not the savior, I am a guy that can make it easy for everyone and do my part so we can be successful -- but it takes more than me. My being vocal, I think, sometimes gets us over the hump."

"Everybody has to be accountable for what they are supposed to do to make us successful. We got away form that... I think we are getting healthy right now."

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The Clippers-Cavs game is gon' be a milestone one fa Corey. Those of you who's been followin' my tracker regularly know what I'm talkin' 'bout. The rest is gon' know soon.. Wink

BTW, I don't know if you's noticed it, but Corey MAGGETTE is the only Clipper left of the 2000-'01 squad(!).

The 2000-'01 Los Angeles CLIPPERS (Record 31-51):

Seated (L to R): Earl BOYKINS, Jasen POWELL (Athl. Trainer), Rex KALAMIAN (Ast. Coach), Dennis JOHNSON (Ast. Coach), Alvin GENTRY (Head Coach), John HAMMOND (Ast. Coach), Igor KOKOSHKOV (Ast. Coach), Johnny DOYLE (Conditioning), Eric PIATKOWSI;

Back Row: Keyon DOOLING, Quentin RICHARDSON, COREY MAGGETTE, Derek STRONG, Brian SKINNER, Sean ROOKS, Michael OLOWOKANDI, Zendon HAMILTON, Cherokee PARKS, Lamar ODOM, Darius MILES & Jeff McINNIS.

The team's core, along wit' head coach, iz in bold.

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Game 37: 92-104 vs. CLE (17-20, 4th Pac.)

400 Gamez in L.A., BABY!!!

That's Right! No Mistake! It's Corey's

8) Fourth Hundred!! Very Happy

Corey Maggette netted a team-high 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out 3 assist in 33 mins. off the bench. It was Corey's 400th game in a Los Angeles Clippers uniform! Maggette, the face of the Clippers for mo' than 6 years, also appeared in 77 more games wit' the Orlando Magic befo' comin' to Cali. 8)

The Clippers led by one at the half, but were outscored by 11 in the third quarter and didn't recover in Saturday's 104-92 loss to the visiting Cavaliers. Chris Kaman chipped in with 20 points and nine boards, while Elton Brand added 16 and 10.

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Game 38: 93-108 @ GSW (17-21, 4th Pac.)

The LA Clippers fought back from an early deficit to take an 83-81 lead with 10 minutes remaining, but could not hold on, falling to the Warriors on Monday, 108-93. Corey Maggette tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds. Los Angeles and Golden State will meet again at STAPLES Center this Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

“Turnovers here and there, their fast break points and hustle points broke the game. Baron Davis had a great steal then Monta Ellis had a nice follow up, then Mike Dunleavy hit a huge shot and it was a quick spurt of 8 points that really did us in, and they didn’t look back. We haven’t been winning or playing well but we have to stay together as a unit. We just need to work harder in every aspect of the game in order to get ourselves to that next level.”

C. MAGGETTE

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Game 39: 115-109 vs. GSW (18-21, 4th Pac.)

Los Angeles led by as many as 23 in the 3d period Wednesday before holding on for a 115-109 home victory over Golden State. Corey Maggete had a decent overall game wit' 16 pts, 9 rebs & dimez in 40 mins.

EB led LA wit' 27 pts, 11 boards, 5 blks & 2 stls, while Quinton Ross scored a career-high 24 points.

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