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Richardson Wants Rodman in L.A.

CLIPPERS REPORT

January 04, 1998|CHRIS BAKER

Clipper guard Pooh Richardson told the San Francisco Chronicle that he would like to see the Clippers acquire forward Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls.

"He [Rodman] would be a player I wouldn't mind having on my team," Richardson said. "I could deal with different personalities, but I don't know if they [Clippers' management and Coach Bill Fitch] could. I change with the times."

Richardson said the Clippers don't want controversial players like Charles Barkley and Rodman.

"If you can't treat people like men, you can't have a Rodman, you can't have a Barkley," Richardson said. "I think it's the fear of dealing with a [different] personality.

"When you avoid [outspoken players], you're always going to have a mediocre team."

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Dallas Maverick assistant coach Donnie Nelson, who will succeed his father, Don, as coach of the Mavericks in the 2000-01 season, said he can't replace the NBA's fourth-winningest active coach.

"It's impossible to replace a legend like that," Nelson said. "I'm just going to be myself."

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Fitch put four players on the court at the start of the second quarter.

But center Keith Closs, late in reporting, finally checked in.

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