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Clippers consider possibility of an NBA lockout

CLIPPERS FYI

DeAndre Jordan says the team, which finished its season Wednesday, wants to stick together to maintain chemistry. Coach Vinny Del Negro says he will be giving players workout programs to follow.

April 14, 2011|By Lisa Dillman
  • Clippers center DeAndre Jordan takes a shot over Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi during the second half of their gane on Wednesday.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan takes a shot over Grizzlies center Hamed… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

If, as nearly everyone expects, the NBA doors are padlocked July 1, the Clippers will have to reassemble elsewhere.

In Indiana, hosted by Eric Gordon?

Houston, hosted by DeAndre Jordan?

The deep woods of western Michigan, hosted by that notable hunter Chris Kaman?

"Guys don't want to go there," said Kaman, who built an indoor court on his property the summer before last in Michigan.

The Clippers finished their regular season Wednesday, conducted a team meeting Thursday morning and Coach Vinny Del Negro and his staff held individual exit interviews. Del Negro said he would be giving players workout programs to follow this spring and summer.

Jordan said the players already were talking about what to do when and if there is a lockout.

"We're definitely going to try to stick together and do some things and keep our chemistry up," he said. "Then I'm going to go into acting."

He was joking about the acting gig. But Jordan's videos with teammate and buddy Blake Griffin have been wildly hilarious.

Meanwhile, the extended break could give Gordon's ailing wrist time to heal. Gordon said it is still painful and if there was continuing pain in another month that he would consider his options.

Gordon was on Team USA last summer, helping the Americans win the title in the World Championships. He did not think USA Basketball had anything planned in the next few months.

"I doubt if they do anything this summer. It puts everything on hold. It's going to be something different to go through," he said, referring to a possible NBA lockout. "You've just got to wait and see. There might be one and might not. Everybody thinks there's a chance there will be."

As for Griffin, he was asked whether he planned on running the sand dunes in Manhattan Beach with Jordan. Griffin noted after Wednesday's season finale that his arduous workouts in the past were often mentioned in a negative way by some in the media.

"It wasn't taken as a compliment," he said. "I take a lot of pride in working out, and I feel like I know my body. I feel like I take the right steps to prevent all of that [injuries]."

His physical pacing and timing improved through his rookie season.

"Guys really take over games in the fourth quarter and that's when they come on strong," Griffin said. "A lot of times I noticed that right out of the gate, I'm just taking off, full speed and sometimes I didn't have a lot left in the tank. It worked out sometimes because Eric is such a great fourth-quarter scorer. But I definitely learned from that."

lisa.dillman@latimes.com

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