Clips & Bits - 7/9/09

Clipper news from around the internet:

Former Clip (& a fave of mine) Shaun Livingston finally rounding into form from his awful accident (he still refuses to watch a replay of it).

A decent defense of Zach Randolph (as a player, not a person).

That being said, the Z-Bo trade has yet to go through, which makes me nervous even if other people ain’t (a possible reason for the trade delay is explained here).

Info on the Clippers’ first summer league practice.  I’m excited by just the group that will play there alone: Mike Taylor, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, & DeAndre Jordan.  That’s a nice little core of young players to build on.

Old info I never posted: 1. Unfortunately Ricky Davis opted to stay with the Clips for another year (no surprise considering the $ he’s promised, the economy, and the fact that he hasn’t done anything in the last two years to even make it a sure thing that he’d make it onto another team’s roster).  2. Brian Skinner opted out of his contract for $1.3 million for the upcoming season.  Some people are surprised, but I think he’ll easily be able to make that much $ as a back-up big on some other team (the NBA loves to overpay bigs).  Plus I think since he’s been the league like a million years already, he can’t be signed for less than the veteran’s minimum which is probably just about a million.  So maybe, just maybe, he’ll lose .3 mill, but he’ll get to pick his team.  3.And this is the one I’m excited about: the Clips offered a qualifying offer to sharp-shooting Steve Novak.  He played well last year, and we need someone to space out the floor since Eric Gordon is the only other reliable 3-point shooter (well, Baron’ll reliably shoot ‘em, he just won’t reliably get ‘em in).

Lastly, neither Clips nor basketball, but the NYT had an interesting article on the advances of video capture technology that will be instituted this season in baseball to help measure defensive skills.  The thing is though that it’s very similar to the technology that the NBA tried out at the NBA finals and which I talked about here and here.  My feelings remain the same: at this point even though the goal for the NBA was also to help teams analyze player skills, there are so many more simultaneous variables going on in bball as opposed to baseball that I think more immediate use will/should be to help out refs.

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