Talented Clippers gunning for first NBA championship

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DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers franchise have high hopes for the season. Photo: Keith Allison/CC

DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers franchise have high hopes for the season. Photo: Keith Allison/CC

The Los Angeles Clippers are off to a hot start this season.

It’s only been a year since the Clippers were put in an unflattering spotlight because of racially-charged comments made by former owner Donald Sterling and it’s been about six months since the team’s spectacular playoff collapse against the Houston Rockets.

But all that seems far in the past.

Sterling is gone — billionaire Steve Ballmer now owns the team. And the Clippers believe they have the right mix of stars and role players to win the club’s first championship.

KCRW spoke to Los Angeles Times Clippers beat writer Ben Bolch about the team’s offseason talent acquisitions, the heated rivalry with reigning champs the Golden State Warriors, and the Clips overall prospects this year.