Clippers’ Wilson Chandler mourns friend Nipsey Hussle, the rapper killed Sunday

first_imgDJ Dense, the Clippers’ in-arena DJ, wore a Hussle Clippers jersey Sunday to honor the rapper, who he said he’d known for more than 10 years.A blue Clippers jersey with Hussle printed on its back hung in Montrezl Harrell’s locker.“I’ve seen him around Los Angeles, I’ve seen him around the city of L.A., I’ve seen the stuff he did for the city of Los Angeles and the uplifting that he brings to the community,” Harrell said. ” It’s just tough man, because he doesn’t get to go home to his family.”And on Twitter, several Clippers joined players from around the NBA in expressing their feelings about Hussle’s death.“Rest in Heaven @NipseyHussle,” tweeted Garrett Temple. “So damn sad man smh!!!”Tweeted former Clipper Tobias Harris: “We killing the ones who are empowering …. sad yo.”And on his account, Chandler wrote: “People like Nip are never just what they do for a living. So much more man. Dropped a lot of gems. Touched a lot of (people). He’s one of most genuine (people) I ever crossed paths with. Lost an amazing soul today. Same (people) you fight for will kill you sometimes. That’s a real lesson.” LOS ANGELES — The news of rapper Nipsey Hussle’s death left people coming to work Sunday at Staples Center stunned and saddened, Clippers forward Wilson Chandler among them.Chandler was a friend of the Grammy-nominated rapper, 33-year-old Ermias Ashgedom, who reportedly was shot multiple times Sunday afternoon at Marathon Clothing in South Los Angeles.“He’s really like how you would think he would be in his music,” Chandler said before the game against Memphis. “We were kind of into the same thing, so we became pretty tight.”Chandler said he recently spent time with Hussle, who performed at a Clippers game last season.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img “I was actually just with him a few weeks ago, went by his studio,” Chandler said. “He got a new studio he’d just built downtown and I went with him to his daughter’s play at her school; me and my friend rolled with him to that.”Hussle’s debut studio album, “Victory Lap” was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. Though he reportedly had been associated with the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips in recent years, Hussle cultivated an interest in technology and community development, including helping support the launch of Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3-mile open-air museum aimed at offsetting the effects of gentrification and honoring African-American artistic achievement.“Great, great, great, great dude,” Chandler said. “Way more than just a musician. A great person, great father. Cared about people in the community, wanted to build up the community for the people — way more than a rapper, for sure. Kind of how you felt about Tupac or Biggie or any of these guys. It’s really sad.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum NO ‘REST,’ NOT WEARYLou Williams got a game off in Milwaukee and Danilo Gallinari stayed off a sore ankle Saturday at home against Cleveland, but Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he’s not expecting to do much load management.For starters, there remains playoff positioning at stake in the nip-and-tuck Western Conference. Also, he said, the Clippers’ depth has helped keep them fresh.RELATED: Fans, celebrities react to the death of rapper Nipsey HussleEntering Sunday, Gallinari was averaging a team-high 30.4 minutes per game. Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet were both seeing 27.5 minutes of action per game. That was followed by Lou Williams (26.6), Montrezl Harrell (24.4) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (26.3).Ivica Zubac, Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green all are averaging about 19 minutes per game and Wilson Chandler and Tyrone Wallace have contributed 10-plus minutes per contest.“I don’t know if it’s a big factor going forward, to be honest, (but) I know it’s been a big factor through the season; we haven’t had a lot of tired guys,” Rivers said. “I don’t know what it does for them in the playoffs. I’m hoping we can play two units and we can keep our tempo and our pace because of that. (When) a lot of teams shorten their rotation, that’s another reason the game slows, because guys are playing more minutes and they’re tired, you know? So I’m hoping that we can buck that a little bit.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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