Daily update

Baron Davis and Tim Thomas practiced today and subjected themselves to “limited contact,” which was an upgrade from yesterday’s “no contact.”

Marcus Camby didn’t practice again, but is “feeling better.”

No determination on any of their status’ for Wednesday’s season opener will be made until at least Tuesday afternoon, but more likely Wednesday morning.

Answers Part IV

Here’s the last set of answers. Thanks for all the questions folks. I’ll open the floor up again in the middle of next week and do it again.

Is coach working on improving ball movement on offense? It seems like the better teams in the West really move the ball around, and I’m not sure the Clippers are emphasizing this.

Coach is emphasizing a lot of things in training camp, but nothing more so than the importance of defense. Every player in the lockeroom talks about it. The other night, I asked Ricky Davis whether the Clippers had a chance to be like the Phoenix Suns or Golden State Warriors of the last few years and he said he’d rather be like the Boston Celtics of last year.

That said, with regard to the offense, it’s been very hard to tell yet what kind of team the Clippers will be because of all the injuries. So much of the offense will flow from Baron Davis that it’s not even worth drawing conclusions from the way the team has played during exhibition games.

How is everyone getting along (on-court/off-court chemistry) and adjusting to their new teammates? How are the vets (Cat, Kaman, Thomas, etc.) liking the new training facility?

From the looks of things, Mobley and Thomas have bonded very quickly with the new guys, specifically with Baron Davis. Mobley and Baron are the unquestioned leaders of the team at this point. Kaman, I think, takes his time a bit more. That doesn’t mean he’s not fitting in though. When people get to know him, he’s quite endearing. As Baron put it on his blog, “Chris Kaman is funny as hell!!! How does this guy not have his own reality show…? Seriously, I’m gonna follow him around with my camera after practice and call it “Life On Mars.” I want royalties if they go with that name tho… LOL.”

The practice facility is hard not to love. It’s state of the art in every way. I’d even venture to say it’s one of the nicest complexes in the NBA.

Are they still looking for a 4th PG? Is Lindsay Hunter still being considered?

As far as I know, no. Lindsey Hunter was brought in when the team was still awaiting word on the severity of Baron Davis’ finger injury. He had a really good workout, so if Baron has any setbacks, I’m sure Hunter would be right back in the picture. But as far as I know, the team is going with the 14 players it has right now on the roster. They had been pretty adamant about wanting to stick with 14 all through training camp, which is why Jelani McCoy is gone even though he had a pretty good camp.

Answers Part III

Everyone knows that the New Jersey Nets are on their rebuilding mode. Well just by saying that… Are the Clips making an offer to trade Cat Mobley & Tim Thomas for Vince Carter?

The Clippers have continuous discussions with a lot of teams, just as all NBA teams do. That doesn’t mean anything is imminent. And I’d say a deal for Carter is unlikely, mostly because if New Jersey were to trade Vince, it’d be very hard to a. sell tickets in the short run and b. convince LeBron James in 2010 that the situation there offers him a greater chance to win than he’s currently got in Cleveland. Also, since the object of that kind of a trade would be to unload Carter’s contract for two contracts that have only two years left on them –thus clearing space for the summer of 2010– why would the Clippers want to help New Jersey out? Wouldn’t it be smarter to just clear space for 2010 for themselves…

Whats the latest on Sofo? Are they ever going to bring him over from Greece? When do they lose his rights?

I’m going to have to look into this one and get back to you next week. Sorry about that. If you read Greek, have a look at his website and tell me what it says šŸ™‚ I noticed there was still a link to the Clippers on it.

I thought I saw somewhere that we had the T-wolves first round pick next year. Is that true or is it lottery protected like the previous years?

Yes, it’s true. But the pick is Top 10 protected until 2012, the seventh year after the Marko Jaric trade. That means the Clips get Minnesota’s first round pick as soon as that pick is 11 or higher until 2012, when they’d get Minnesota’s first round pick unconditionally.