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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Chauncey Billups was asked about the Lakers summer moves: "I'm not thinking about them. I'm thinking about us."</p>— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNChrisPalmer/status/251866722942992384" data-datetime="2012-09-29T02:11:20+00:00">September 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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8 months ago Update 6 comments
As I've said in the past, Media Day is not exactly bursting with new information. There's a lot of smiling for the cameras, some on camera interview stuff, some pro forma scrums with the print guys.
The Clippers did release some information on injuries, and of course we found out who the camp guys who will soon enough be cut are. But that's about it. It's not about news, it's about smiling for the cameras -- which is fine. I'm not complaining, that's what it is. Kevin Arnovitz called it the first day of school where you see some friends for the first time in a few months -- seems about right.
Still, there are a few interesting tidbits that emerge. Here are some random items from my day in Playa Vista:
8 months ago Gallery 27 comments
Trying to capture a little of the spirit of the event, here are some photos I took from the Clippers training facility during Media Day on Friday, September 28th.
8 months ago Update 4 comments
The Clippers have signed five players to their training camp roster, including two familiar faces.
Marqus Blakely was a second round pick of the Clippers in 2010. In the 2010 summer league he was probably the Clippers best rookie, outplaying both Eric Bledsoe and Al-Farouq Aminu. Blakely got caught in the numbers game his rookie year and did not make the team. He played great in the D-League and got a call up to the Rockets that year, but never appeared in a game and has not be able to stick. He's an uber-athlete with crazy long arms who could be a great wing defender at this level, but has the disadvantage of having played power forward in college at Vermont. At 6'5" that's not really an option in the NBA, so he has to develop his perimeter game more. But this is a guy I can definitely see playing in the NBA some day soon.
Courtney Fortson was a camp invite of the Clippers last year, and got an early season call up to the team when a quick injury wave hit the point guard spot. He played four games with the Clippers in January and six games with the Rockets late in the season. He's a small quick point guard who is pretty fearless driving to the basket.
Trent Plaisted is the third signee. A former second round pick out of BYU, he's a 6'11" center. He played in the Turkish League last season.
The final two seasons are both fresh out of four year college careers. Chris Johnson is a 6'6" small forward from Dayton and Hank Thorns is a 5'9" point guard from TCU.
The Clippers already have the maximum 15 players signed so it's highly unlikely that any of these guys will make the final roster. Still you never know. It's not as if the team has that much invested in Travis Leslie, and if a Blakely seems like a significant upgrade, it's not impossible that the team could make a move. More likely though is that the team will start the season with the players already under contract, which doesn't preclude the possibility that one of these players might not show up during the season if injuries or other situations dictate.
8 months ago Update 11 comments
In conjunction with Media Day, the Clippers provided injury updates on several injured players. Three Clipper starters, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Chauncey Billups have all had surgery since the last time we saw them play for the team, and Trey Thompkins suffered a bone bruise playing in summer league. So how are they doing?
Griffin has been cleared for full contact. He is fully recovered from the surgery he underwent in July to repair the meniscus in his left knee and ready for camp to start and will participate fully. According to coach Vinny Del Negro he's in his usual outstanding physical condition.
Paul has surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on August 21 directly after returning from the Olympic Games. He is no longer wearing a brace and has been cleared for non-contact drills. He is expected to be cleared for full practice within two weeks. Del Negro is completely confident that he will be ready to play when the season starts.
Thompkins is not yet cleared to practice, but is expected to be ready to practice when the team returns from China in a couple of weeks.
Neither Billups nor Thompkins will travel with the team on their China trip.
8 months ago Article 16 comments
Media Day has arrived for NBA teams who will take international trips in pre-season like the Clippers. With training camp opening Saturday and the first pre-season game in just over a week, the 2012-2013 NBA season is officially upon us.