Anthony Roberson and Jerel McNeal were waived by the Clippers today. That leaves Kareem Rush as the only non-guaranteed contract player left. In the past, Mike Dunleavy Sr. has preferred to go into the season with just 14 players on the roster so he can add someone during the year if need be. Is Rush good enough to make Dun change his mind? I doubt it. Particularly with Robeson and Mardy Collins looking uninspired as backup PGs, that means if either Baron or Telfair go down we’re in a bit of a hole.
Kevin Arnovitz actually interviewed Anthony Robeson and it’s a nice look at the thoughts/approach/life of a fringe player. Also, dunno if he’s just trying to be a good soldier to stay in good graces, but he had these nice things to say about the team:
Having trained with them for a month, what’s your read on the Clippers?
I love the attitude they have now. You can tell it’s like night and day — a whole different season and it seems a whole lot better than last year. In preseason, they’re playing the whole game every game, from the first quarter to the fourth quarter. They’re going to be in a lot of games this season. They have players like Rasual Butler who bring in a different mindset. Everyone in the locker room is looking forward to this year. They know they can play with any team in the NBA, and that confidence is half the battle in this league. They have so much to prove and it’s going to be interesting to watch how they get better.
On a different note, Steve Perrin at ClipsNation had a similar view of Blake Griffin as I had after watching him against the Lakers:
He still doesn’t really have a ‘move’ to speak of. [...] His baskets in the game consisted of a breakaway dunk after a steal, a fast break layup, a follow dunk, a put back, and two dunks on broken plays – not a single time did the Clippers come up the floor, call his number, and end up with a Griffin basket. [...] He’ll be a tremendous asset to the team, and quite productive, even as he’s still learning the game. He can average 15 points and 10 rebounds a game on sheer athleticism and hustle – just like tonight, he’ll score on fast breaks, catching lobs and getting offensive rebounds.
However, I think he’s being a bit generous with the 15 & 10 estimate. Between him, Camby, Kaman, DeAndre Jordan & Craig Smith, that’s a lot of bigs deserving minutes (& like I said, I don’t buy Dun’s claim that Griffin can keep up with the SFs in the league). Griffin should still average 25+ minutes, but it might be a bit much to assume he can accumulate the above stats in that amount of time.
Then again, that’s assuming Kaman & Camby are healthy all season, and that’s one big ol’ IF. Geeze, maybe he will end up getting a ton of time…