Sources: Clippers Break Tradition and Refuse to Have Chapel With Warriors

It’s a long-standing tradition for Christians on both teams to have chapel together. Each NBA arena offers this service to the players, and there is usually one time and one room.

That wasn’t the case Thursday.

According to multiple sources, the Warriors were surprisingly given a separate, earlier, time for their own chapel services. The Clippers held their own private chapel.

“Man, they don’t want to have chapel with us?” one team source asked. “I never heard that before, but OK.”

The bad blood between the Clippers and Warriors extend back to last season, when Golden State took 3 of 4 against Los Angeles. One of the biggest victories of the last season was an upset of the Clippers at Staples Center in the third game of the season. It was the game after Brandon Rush was lost for the season with a knee injury, and the Warriors responded with a spirited performance.

The Clippers took exception to the Warriors’ celebration antics.

Once, the Warriors bench went crazy laughing at Blake Griffin clanking a 3-pointer off the side of the backboard in Oracle. Another time, a few Clippers expressed dislike of Curry’s galloping down court after a big three-pointer late in another win.

Several members of the Warriors organization took that as a continuation of last year’s heated rivalry.

Marcus Thompson

  • PX

    Guess Clippers not honoring the “Love your enemies” teaching.

  • aamirfarooqmd

    Chapel is for non-believers in the art that is evolution. RICHARD DAWKINS What?!

  • MrFatSack

    Wrong. Many religious and spiritual people accept evolution. It’s a fact. You’re bigotry is showing though

  • not christians though or any religion i know.

  • Jim

    “There is no opposition between faith’s understanding of creation and the evidence of the empirical sciences.” That’s a direct quote from Pope Benedict (the progressives’ favorite whipping boy) in 2008. In fact, the Catholic church has accepted since 1950 that faith and evolutionary theory can co-exist peacefully, and the mainstream Protestant sects generally agree. For instance…

    The United Methodist church: “We find that science’s descriptions of cosmological, geological, and biological evolution are not in conflict with theology.”

    The Episcopals: “affirm [our] belief in the glorious ability of God to create in any
    manner, and in this affirmation reject the rigid dogmatism of the
    ‘Creationist’ movement.”

    The Presbyterian church: “Neither Scripture, our Confession of Faith, nor our Catechisms, teach
    the Creation of man by the direct and immediate acts of God so as to
    exclude the possibility of evolution as a scientific theory.”

  • 1. where are these quotations from?

    2. Saying you’re christian and living by the Bible are two different things.

  • benbrung

    Irony much? I’m not even a Christian but I wouldn’t do something that un-Christian – or simply unsportmanlike. I guess time will tell if Doc’s us-against-the-world schtick will be enough to overcome Griffin’s complete lack of footwork & attention to detail.

  • Jim


    (From the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church)
    http://www.episcopalarchives.org/cgi-bin/acts/acts_resolution-complete.pl?resolution=1982-D090 (General Convention of the Episcopal Church, 1982)
    http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/theologyandworship/evolution/ (Presbyterian Church of the United States approved theological statement, 1969 General Assembly)
    http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-to-pontifical-science-academy (Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Pontifical Science Academy, 2008) Also see http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_jp02tc.htm (Pope John Paul II, 1996)
    2. Agreed. And those Clippers players who turned down having a unified chapel might do well to meditate on Acts 2:44-47.

  • Raymond Moser

    At who’s prompting are NBA arenas helping to establish this Chapel tradition? Is this some religious intrusion into the workplace? I always thought that one’s religion is an individual matter. How many members of each team attend these religious services? Do coaches and team front office personnel attend.

  • 1HughAkston

    Or perhaps they’re just not a bunch of PC atheist jerks intent on pushing they’re misguided notion of man as the ultimate being in the Universe on everyone else. Sound familiar Ray?

  • Raymond Moser

    1Hugh: This NBA “tradition” has nothing to do with whether or not you believe in any particular religion. Do you have a religious meeting at your workplace to before starting the day? No you do not. It is patently unconstitutional and offensive. Who decides the particular brand of faith? Is it a generic, ecumenical brand? The fact that front office and coaching staff attend is problematic. Once you get religious in the workplace a whole bunch of questions need to be asked. This is not about atheism, but the actual “freedom to practice or not to practice the religion of OUR choice.”

  • Raymond Moser

    As of 12-27-2013, Griffin was still averaging 21 and 10. Last night vs. Portland, Blake had 35 and 11. DeAndre had 19 rebounds, before fouling out. Ask Aldridge and Lopez about the footwork of Griffin. He is the first guy into the gym and the last guy to leave. Watch where the Clips end up, as they continue to master Doc’s team defense.

  • Raymond Moser

    Jim: Slither back under your religious-zealot rock. Bible quoters are BORING.

  • benbrung

    21 and 10 . . . why he’s a regular David Lee. I don’t care about Fantasy leagues so these kinds of stats mean next to nothing to me – especially when I can watch him play and see his horrendous footwork in the low post.

    If he’s the last to leave the gym it’s probably because he can’t be bothered to figure out how to work the door handle and is simply trying to lower his shoulder and shove his way out the door. When that doesn’t work and no one is left in the building to hear him whine about it, I wonder if it makes a sound?

  • Raymond Moser

    You must feel terrible about the 40 and 10 game on Saturday. Will that make it 3 Player of the Week honors for Blake Griffin? 70% free throw %. Jump shot working on all cylinders. Banging down low. Still 10 rebounds a game. And the kid is only 24!! You are reading last years material.

  • benbrung

    Nope not forming my opinion from reading but from actually witnessing with my own eyes. Low post footwork is part of what I teach for a living and I’m not the least bit impressed by his supposed improvements in that area. He’s going to need that to be a dominant playoff big. Get back to me when he scores 40 in a meaningful playoff win.

  • Evan Boland

    First of all, yes they do, but regardless, that still doesn’t make them any less foolish. In fact it makes them more so, for altering their religions to avoid contradicting science.

  • Evan Boland

    If by “PC atheist jerks” you mean men and women with common sense and enough bravery to face the world and live morally without needing to false notions of being rewarded for doing so to comfort them.

  • 1HughAkston

    Freedom to not practice doesn’t mean forcing your emptiness on everyone else. Yes, in fact we do often start our day with prayer at my work. it’s optional and not everyone shows up, but we don’t have the marketing and accounting teams refuse to participate together.

  • Raymond Moser

    I see nothing wrong with showing up early to do your prayers together. But, to do it on company time is a coercive attempt at religious recruitment. Even Jesus said to go into a quiet room to pray so as not to make a spectacle of your piety.

  • 1HughAkston

    A coercive attempt at religious recruiting huh?

    Well just as long as you’re not making up a bunch of assumptions to justify your false world view. Make sure to stretch first – wouldn’t want to pull anything w/that knee jerk reaction.

  • Raymond Moser

    The Supreme Court has weighed in on these matters in the past. It is settled law.

  • Raymond Moser

    Third place in the MVP balloting. Stole home court advantage in the 2nd round vs OKC. What is up genius?

  • benbrung

    Gosh, I guess you got carried away and spiked the ball on the 10 yard line. Other than barely squeaking by the Warriors – who were w/o top-10 defender Bogut – it’s same ol’, same ol’ for the Clips. As is the L.A. custom, Griffin made an early exit from the team’s early exit.

    Still, you can’t take that 3rd-Place MVP vote away from him. What does he get for that a certificate? Maybe you can attend the certificate-giving ceremony where he’ll undoubtedly jump over a car, or something. I’m sure being 3rd favorite among people who never played or coached will provide a fond memory through the off-season.

    I guess this gives you another whole year to perfect your “What is up genius?” act.

  • Joseph Mo

    Or perhaps they’re a bunch of subhuman drooling Christian morons. Who continue to persecute a non Christians as they did in the Holocaust.

  • Joseph Mo

    Jesus said pray in the ducking closet you drooling cretin