Every NBA team has that guy on the end of the bench that bothers opponenets. Lou Amundson is that guy for the Los Angeles Clippers. If he does stick around for the Clippers for the entire season, it will be unusual for Lou. He is one of those guys familiar with the 10-day contract.
Lou is also familiar with the D-League. He missed a whole year of college ball while at UNLV with a hand infection, and then missed a year of pro ball with a broken index finger that required surgery.
Amundson is a big body that a team can use to crash into an opponents big man and send him to the free throw line. But mostly, he is on the roster to have enough big bodies to hold five on five practices.
This is not to say that he does not have his moments. He would not still be in the NBA at age 30 if he could not play. He once scored 21 points against the Portland Trail Blazers in a game with the Indiana Pacers.
His best year came in 2009-10 while playing with the Phoenix Suns when he played in 79 games and averaged nearly 15 minutes per game. He scored nearly five points and had over four rebounds per game that year. He also played in 76 games the previous year and had similar numbers.
Is Amundson going to be a difference maker for the Clippers? No. In fact, he may be let go with a guy the team deems better becomes available. He is probably only a year or two away from doing something else for a living. But, he can tell his grandkids that he played in the NBA when he was younger and will have some stories to tell. The rest of us can only dream.