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Los Angeles Clippers to hold training camp on Oahu


    Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, right, celebrated his 3-point basket with Blake Griffin in the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, April 17, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 115-95.

The Los Angeles Clippers will hold their 2017 training camp at the University of Hawaii, where the team will play two preseason games, the Hawaii Tourism Authority announced today.

The Toronto Raptors are expected to provide the opposition in games at the Stan Sheriff Center, according to Leslie Dance, HTA Vice President of Marketing and Product Development.

Included in the stay will be a “Fan Fest” featuring players and coaches, the HTA said.

The agreement can be extended for up to three additional years in single-year increments to run through 2020, Dance said.

“This marketing partnership is ideal for both of our futures,” Dance said in a release. “The Clippers are one of the NBA’s hottest teams with a growing fan base in Hawaii and across the Pacific, and the Hawaiian Islands is a favorite destination for travelers from southern California.”

Gillian Zucker, Clippers president of business operations said in a statement, “We already are looking forward to the Clippers training camp in Hawaii and working closely with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority to showcase the beauty of the state. This unique partnership is another step in Steve Ballmer’s vision of expanding the Clippers brand, while also providing our fans in Hawaii with the opportunity to see NBA basketball in person.”

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