The Clippers were in town for an Oct. 6 exhibition game against the Denver Nuggets, a game Los Angeles lost, 106-104. Maybe that’s because the whole team was partying at Tao the night before. Or maybe it’s because, on that same night, Grant Hill collected himself a cake for his 40th birthday.
Whatever it was, Chris Paul, Chauncy Billups, Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin and Lamar “D-League” Odom started out the evening at the restaurant, where Paul gave Tao executive chef Mike Armstrong a sneak peek at a picture of the yet-to-be-released Jordan CP3 VII sneakers. Just in case Armstrong had to take some punk sous chef off the dribble.
After dinner, everyone moved upstairs to the club, where Paul arranged for Hill’s surprise cake. Which is a bold move, to surprise a man of that age. The club brought out another cake for the whole team, this one with “All I do is win” written on it. For the Clippers. Delivered without even a trace of irony.
Griffin moved out on the dance floor, where he busted a move while simultaneously spinning a ball on his finger. From which we can only conclude that he was so traumatized by his first two seasons in L.A. that he’s trying to send a message that he’d be a really good fit on the Harlem Globetrotters. Maybe they can orchestrate a trade for “Curly” Neal or something.