Even as he nursed insomnia, the Los Angeles Clippers’ most passionate fan still seemed energetic.
Darrell Bailey has become known as “Clipper Darrell” for wearing a team-centric blue and red suit and yelling loud chants during home games since 2000. So after witnessing either franchise embarrassments or underachieving postseasons, Bailey sounded giddy over his favorite team’s unexpected Game 5 win over the Utah Jazz despite missing star Kawhi Leonard with a right knee injury.
“I couldn’t sleep at all. I am just so proud of these guys,” Bailey told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s what coaching is about – adjustments. They made the proper adjustments and guys believed in one another.”
So why shouldn’t Bailey believe in them?