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Unfortunately. injury seems like it's always around the corner for Clippers stars
Ever since the franchise moved from Buffalo to Southern California and became the Clippers, the injury bug has bitten the team's better players hard and often.
The entire chronicle of the Curse can be found in this open letter to Blake Griffin from Clippers season ticket holder and ESPN's Sports Guy Bill Simmons.
Here is a sample of eight such cases:
Bill Walton: Missed 323 of the Clippers' 492 games in his six seasons with the franchise from 1980-1985, never making the playoffs (though he won a title with the other two teams he played for).
Terry Cummings: One season after being named Rookie of the Year in 1982, Cummings is diagnosed with a potentially deadly heart condition.
Derek Smith: A year after emerging as a waiver-wire pickup who averaged 22 points, Smith blows out his knee 11 games into the 1985-86 season.
Danny Manning: The Clippers selected Manning with the first-overall pick in 1988. Just 26 games into his rookie campaign, Manning tore his ACL.
Ron Harper: Through 28 games of the 1989-90 season, Harper was averaging 23 points. Want to guess what happens next? Yup, torn ACL.
Shaun Livingston: One season after the Clippers make their deepest ever playoff run, their point guard of the future suffers the most gruesome knee injury I've ever had the misfortune to witness.
Elton Brand: Just 15 months removed from making second-team All-NBA, Brand ruptures his Achilles and misses all but eight games of the 2007-08 season.
Blake Griffin: The No. 1 overall pick of the 2009 draft had to wait a year to have his rookie season after breaking his kneecap in a 2009 preseason game. The collective thought of Clipper Nation had to run something like: "Here we go again...".