UH media day check-in / Clippers arrive

The 2017-18 Rainbow Warriors / Brian McInnis, Star-Advertiser

The Rainbow Warrior basketball team suited up together for the first time on Monday. But don’t get too excited — it was just for the media, and full practices haven’t even started yet.

That comes Friday.

All 14 ‘Bows (plus coaching staff) made themselves available in uniform.

Here’s the team by general position — point/combo guards, wings, and bigs.

The Guards — Leland Green, Drew Buggs, Brocke Stepteau, Sheriff Drammeh, Jaaron Stallworth.
The Wings — Brandon Thomas, Samuta Avea, Justin Hemsley, Zach Buscher
The Bigs — Gibson Johnson, Zigmars Raimo, Mike Thomas, Ido Flaisher, Jack Purchase


On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers opened preseason training camp at the Stan Sheriff Center. The UH coaching staff and about half the Rainbows players took the opportunity to watch the Clips’ walkthrough.

The Clippers worked out at the Stan Sheriff Center for the first time.
The Rainbow Warriors took in the Clippers’ walkthrough from an unfamiliar place — the stands.

The UH coaches got to meet NBA legend Jerry West — AKA The Logo — who is now a consultant with the Clippers.

Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin said he comes here every summer with family.

“(I eat) everything when I come here,” Griffin said. “Big poke bowl fan. I’ve been to Kauai probably more than any other island. I love it. … Even poi. Everything. There’s nothing I won’t try.”

The Clippers are here as a team for the first time. They are the “home” team in the Clippers Hawaii Classic and will play the Toronto Raptors in a pair of exhibitions at the Sheriff on Sunday (4 p.m.) and Tuesday (7 p.m.). Tickets are still readily available for both games.

Blake Griffin spoke to the media after Day 1 of camp.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers

The Raptors don’t arrive until Friday. They are scheduled to train at ‘Iolani.


  1. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 5:36 pm

    Excellent website. DeAndre Jordan 7-0 and Blake Griffin 6-10 1/2 are the star attractions. Los Angeles Clippers.

  2. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 5:40 pm

    Box office at 956-4482 are not giving any information on ticket prices on this game. Why? SSC.

  3. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 5:44 pm

    Willing to pay $12.50 general adult for 1 ticket. Text me here.

  4. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 7:12 pm

    I will pick Los Clippers to get to the finals this year. Maybe even win the NBA title.

  5. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 7:15 pm

    Blake Griffen powers I right over LeBron James. But missed it with Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets last year. Woa…!

  6. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 7:21 pm

    Doc Rivers, 1987 game 5, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Up +7 points in the 4th quarter, eastern confernce finals. This was his best performance of his career with Dominique Wilkens. Atlanta Hawks

  7. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 7:27 pm

    Dominique Wilkens 1987 Atlanta Hawks, slam dunk contest winner. The best athletic player I’ve ever seen in history. Still the man.

  8. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 7:50 pm

    Today: Kevin Durant, Blake Griffen, DeAndre Jordan.

    Kevin Durant, the best ball handler and athletic player in the game today.

  9. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 7:54 pm

    because you beat out all the athletes I knew growing up. Now it’s just life and stuff and working. easy.

  10. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 8:10 pm

    2nd choice btw was Cleveland Caveliers 1987, 6-10 1/2 Larry Nance.

    1. Dominique Wilkens 1987
    2. Larry Nance, 1987
    3. Kevin Durant
    4. Patrick Ewing, 1983 Georgetown Hoyas
    5. Paul Pressey, Milwauke Bucks 1983
    6. Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers, 1982
    7. Bob Macadoo, Lis Angeles Lakers 1981
    8. Robert Parish, Boston Celtics, 1981
    9. Kareem Abdul Jabbaar, La Lakers 1975
    10. DeAndre Jordan/Blake Griffin, La Clippers, 2017.

    Top 10 of my most memorable NBA players to watch out and stay home to watch, because they’re great to watch.

  11. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 8:57 pm

    ok. Current top player.

    1. Kevin Durant
    2. DeAndre Jordan
    3. Cedric Ibaka
    4. Blake Griffin
    5. Russell Westbrook
    6. LeBron James
    7. Kawehi Leonard
    8. Steve Kerr(coach)

    who fill it in.

  12. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 9:51 pm

    Favorite all time coach in the NBA; Jerry Sloane, Utah Jazz, 1987, (Karl Malone 6-10) Forward. Western conference finals game 7.

    Paul Westfall, Phoenix Suns 1987. (Charles Barkley

    Wes Unsel, Washington Bullets, 1979.

  13. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 10:03 pm

    All time favorite team; 1994 New York Nickabuckers, John Starks and Patrick Ewing, backing up the 1970s Wilt Chamberlain. Even though they lost. 7-0 foot. ***

  14. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 10:22 pm

    Favorite play, 3 pointer. Steve Kerr, Chicago Bulls. Low post play, Magic Johnson, fast break play, Kelly Tripuka, Detroit Pistons.

    All of it…

  15. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 26, 2017 10:32 pm

    One more, all time favorite dunks. Patrick Ewing New York Nickabuckers dunks from the circle of the free throw line in a game. Two, Dominique Wilkens Atlanta Hawks low post play, versus the Milwaukee Bucks.

    All of it..

  16. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 27, 2017 10:37 am


    Dominique Wilkens 1987

    Who is Ross Kagawa in 1987? Freak…

  17. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 27, 2017 2:35 pm

    Just In news: George Springer hit his 34th Career homerun, 99 career in 4 years at Houston Astros. Can he do it? Newest slugger for the Houston Astros. 1st batter. Baseball fans, Major league

  18. islandman September 27, 2017 10:16 pm

    Daniel Fotu to St. Mary’s. No offer from UH ?

  19. al September 29, 2017 12:04 am

    Top basketballers of yester year?
    Can’t leave out Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and the Magical one.

  20. al September 29, 2017 12:46 am

    I believe that those three were quite responsible for the resurrection of the NBA.

  21. Brian McInnis September 29, 2017 1:28 pm

    There might have been some UH staff interest in Dan Fotu but it didn’t seem extensive.

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