Oh, Clippers: Danilo Gallinari Fractured His Hand Punching An Opponent In A Meaningless Game Overseas
I got to say, when I heard that the Los Angeles Clippers were going to undergo some cultural changes after the departure of Chris Paul I thought they would be slightly more drastic than this. I mean, if you are judging on a scale in which the increments of measurement are the feet of children who are literally too small to wear shoes with laces then I suppose this could be considered a step in the right direction. I guess what I am trying to say is that the franchise probably could have benefited - on and off the court - from going a couple seasons without having one of their most important pieces break a bone or two throwing a senseless punch at someone that doesn't even play in the NBA.
Oh well. Rome wasn't built in a day, so I am not so sure we should have expected the Clippers to go from assaulting employees to saving all their destructive aggression for games that actually matter. They probably could have addressed "unnecessary haymakers" in their new organizational handbook. However, if you want to look at silver linings than having a secondary scorer sacrifice his offseason to surgery after predominately making contact with the air surrounding the face of his intended, basketball-playing target is more excusable than having a star power forward sit out half the season after destroying his fist on the face of a trainer half his size. Danilo Gallinari still looks like an idiot after fracturing his hand with a half-assed sucker punch during a meaningless "friendly", but at least he doesn't have to look very far for an example of a similarly "friendly" situation turning contentious that makes him look relatively less stupid by comparison.