Answers Part II

Question: What is the deal with Tim Thomas? When will he return? Seems like he’s always having groin or back problems. I think he is one who will really benefit from having Baron man the point, as witnessed in the Clips-Lakers game a couple weeks ago.

I actually just spoke with Tim about this yesterday and got the impression that he’s just being extra, extra cautious with this injury because it’s the preseason. If this were the regular season, it’s reasonable to assume he’d be playing right now. I don’t blame him at all because groin injuries, like hamstrings or quads, tend to linger if you don’t take your time coming back from them.

That said, it’s disappointing both he and Baron have missed so much time this preseason. Before they got hurt, Mike Dunleavy said that this was the best Tim had “ever looked” since he came to L.A. Not surprising when you remember that Tim’s most productive years came as a member of the run-and-gun Phoenix Suns, when he had an elite point guard –Steve Nash — finding him for spot up 3s. In the first two weeks of training camp, it seemed like Thomas and Baron had that chemistry as well. I expect Thomas to be ready for opening night on Wednesday. Baron will probably be ready, but we have to see how it goes this weekend when he tries to practice for the first time.

Can you talk to Dunleavy about his suits? Man! I thought I had bad taste in clothes! Who dresses the guy? Or maybe that’s the problem, he needs someone to dress him!

I know coach pretty well at this point, but not well enough to know who dresses him. Sorry, there are certain things that are and should stay off the record. That said, I have noticed Mike likes to mix and match jackets and pants. Light jacket, dark pants. Dark jacket, light pants. It’s just his look. I watch Project Runway, but that’s really the extent of my fashion experience, so I wouldn’t feel qualified to make any statements on the “fashionable-ness” (is that a word?) of his style.

I’ve been a clipper fan for 20 years and can’t remember them updating their uniforms like other teams. I desperately want to buy some clipper gears for my 3 year old and my new son (born last week) but can’t stand their old, tired look. Are they ever going to update their uniforms? Can you please ask them to update their uniforms?

Congrats on the newborn! Don’t know that they make Clipper gear for kids quite that young though. As for plans on new uniforms, I’m pretty sure that has to go through the league office so it’s not just up to the Clippers. A couple of years ago though, they did add the blue jerseys. They don’t wear them very often, but they are in the repertoire. Don’t know how you feel about blue, but it is a different look.

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