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Los Angeles Clippers Notes, Quotes 2009-03-07

Los Angeles Clippers Notes, Quotes 2009-03-07
--A recent poll indicated that Clippers G Eric Gordon is running neck and neck with Chicago's Derrick Rose as the people's choice for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award. Also garnering lots of votes was Memphis guard O.J. Mayo.

Two months ago, Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro declared that the award was a slam dunk win for his guy. But Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy begged to differ then and is even more adamant now. When asked who his choice was, Dunleavy emphatically said, "Eric Gordon." Dunleavy said that Gordon was not someone that was being talked about early in the season because he was a backup to Cuttino Mobley. But Gordon took off once the Clippers opened up the starting job by trading Mobley to the New York Knicks.

--F Zach Randolph, the fulcrum of the Clippers' half-court offense, remains in Indianapolis to be with his family. Randolph's father is gravely ill and the Clippers are unsure of Randolph's return. He has missed the past two games. In the last game that Randolph played, he scored 33 points in the Clippers' loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. Randolph is one of four players in the NBA that is averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.

--The Clippers' recent waiving of G Jason Hart came at Hart's request, according to Mike Dunleavy. Hart had fallen out of the rotation and went into Dunleavy's office and asked if the team would let him go if he had an opportunity to play somewhere else.

"I told him sure," Dunleavy said. "He was a great kid here for us, with a great attitude."

Dunleavy said Hart has resurfaced with the Denver Nuggets.

--Clippers assistant general manager Neil Olshey and director of scouting Gary Sacks will be busy during the next several weeks scouting players at the various NCAA conference tournaments. Olshey is going to the Big East and the ACC. Sacks plans to stay in town for the Pac-10 tournament and he also might attend the Big 12 tournament.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm not going to have my own. I live in reality. I was born blessed to even be able to play in the NBA." -- G Fred Jones, when asked if he ever was going to have his own line of basketball shoes, a la Michael Jordan, whose shoes Jones currently wears.

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Added: March 7, 2009


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