Thornton doesn't want that sacrifice to include a bench role, but Coach Mike Dunleavy strongly hinted that rookie forward Blake Griffin will take Thornton's place whenever Griffin fully recovers from the stress fracture in his left knee. "If we're a fully healthy team, maybe that role would be a good one for him," Dunleavy said about Thornton coming off the bench. "But based on where we are right now, we kind of need him where he is." AT really doesn't want to be a bench player as this article, and ones before it, have clearly shown. I was interested to see how Thornton would adjust with Griffin playing in front of Camby. Al has been getting some nice post up's with Camby being a strong facilitator from the top of the key; Griffin plays in the paint.