In one corner of the gym was Eric Gordon, testing his sore left shoulder with a working session of jump shots after practice Thursday.
Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro, trying to keep the young kids afloat after eight losses in nine games, reached into his inner Pat Riley, and, well, quoted Riley to his team.
Baron Davis had a morning visit to the doctor to check the swelling and fluid in his left knee, and the team's trainer Jasen Powell was not sure how long it would take Davis to return to action. Davis played about 10 minutes Tuesday in New Orleans, suffered a setback, and missed Wednesday's loss to San Antonio.
Plenty of news going on for the 1-8 Clippers.
"It could take days, could take weeks, not sure," Powell said of Davis. "Having him rest and see how we can get advantages from that. That's the biggest thing."
Davis' status was hardly the only question around the team's training headquarters. Del Negro was not sure whether Gordon would play on Friday night against the Pistons but said he was the most likely to return of the injured players.
Randy Foye (strained left hamstring) could still be a week away and he suffered the injury close to two weeks ago. Del Negro said backup center DeAndre Jordan suffered a hyper-extended knee in the Spurs game, cutting in his minutes at San Antonio.
Considering Chris Kaman (sprained left ankle) is out for weeks, not days, there was a school of thought the Clippers might make a move to bring in someone else. Consider that cancelled.
"Right now, we're not at a point where we can't put a rotation together," said Neil Olshey, the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations.
"If that happens, then you're going to start looking at alternatives. But for right now, the reason we signed these guys this summer was because we had confidence in them."
Certainly Olshey didn't expect to see the future on such prominent display in week three.
"What it's done is accelerated their learning curve," he said. "To the point where we get into one of those long trips in January and you've got guys dinged up, and Vinny looks down at the end of the bench and he's going to have no problem putting any of these guys in a basketball game."