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Hazing rookie players isn't a bad thing for the LA Clippers

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It has been a nightmare few months for the LA Clippers and now it appears there is rookie hazing going through the team.

While the team where out as a unit on Saturday, some of the Clippers biggest names were seen hazing a rookie on the dance floor.

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Hazing has been a heavily monitored issue in American sports since the hazing scandal which rocked the Miami Dolphins.

Fortunately for the Clippers however, the hazing which stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul took part in seem to be all in a team building manner.

While Paul was the celebrity DJ at a nightclub, he arrived with several of his team-mates including Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick, Big Baby Davis and more. 

Several of the players were at one point spotted jokingly hazing rookie C.J. Wilcox onto the dance floor so he could join his team-mates.

Once up and dancing, Wilcox was cheered on by his team-mates as the group continued to have a good time and entertain those around them.

Not quite the Dolphins form of hazing and an example of veteran players doing what they should - trying to encourage rookies to join the team off the court.

The Clippers display on Saturday has shown a sense of teamwork running throughout the players once again - something we saw plummet a few months ago.

When the Donald Sterling racism saga first happened, players like Griffin and Paul stepped up in opposition to the events.

They were joined by other players from around the NBA but now seem to be in high spirits ahead of the start of the new NBA season.

Game faces on for the Clippers

Saturday night the Clippers players were clearly enjoying their team socializing but they are just days away from business picking up once again.

The Clippers are currently 1-4 in pre-season which is certainly not a good record ahead of the season but they have three games left to pull it all together.

Games against the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers will give them the chance to shape up before starting the season.

Opening with a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in 10 days time, the Clippers will be raring to go as their campaign to go further in the post-season than last year begins.

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