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Clippers' Randy Foye not worried about the future

The shooting guard is in the final year of a $4.250-million contract but says his focus is on playing basketball and helping the Clippers improve.

March 31, 2012|By Broderick Turner
  • Randy Foye, shown beating Memphis' Marc Gasol to a rebound, is averaging 9.6 points and 2.2 assists in 24.3 minutes for the Clippers this season.
Randy Foye, shown beating Memphis' Marc Gasol to a rebound, is averaging… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

He could let the pressure of an uncertain future control his emotions, but Randy Foye won't succumb to those forces.

Instead, the Clippers shooting guard said he will play the game he loves as he always has — with passion, joy and all out — and let everything work itself out.

This is the final year of a contract that pays him $4.250 million.

One would think Foye would be worried about how he performs during a contract year.

"Naw, I try not to. Not at all," Foye said. "My whole thing is just playing ball. I'm just playing ball and letting everything happen."

This is Foye's sixth season in the NBA, his second with the Clippers.

He likes the direction the Clippers are headed with All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and the rest of the support cast.

Foye, 28, would love to re-sign with the Clippers, who hosted the Utah Jazz on Saturday night at Staples Center.

He knows that's not a guarantee, but it's not something Foye is overly concerned about during this season.

"It's already written. The story of Randy Foye is already written," he said. "I'm just fighting through whatever I have to fight through to get there. That's why I believe in God. I believe that whatever is needed God will take me there."

Before Saturday night's game against the Jazz, Foye had played in 50 of the Clippers' 51 games, sitting out the game against the Indiana Pacers because Coach Vinny Del Negro didn't play him.

Foye has started 33 of those games, taking over when Chauncey Billups went down with a season-ending left Achilles' tendon injury.

For the season, Foye is averaging 9.6 points and 2.2 assists in 24.3 minutes. He's making 38.9% of his field goals, 36.2% of his three-pointers.

As a starter, Foye is averaging 11.6 points and 2.6 assists in 28.6 minutes. He's shooting 39.5% from the field, 38% from three-point range.

"My main focus, like we always talk about, as a man, I'm looking myself in the mirror and saying, 'What do I have to do to help this team become better?' " Foye said. "If that's making shots, I try to do that. If it's playing defense, I try to do that.

"My main thing is just being consistent. I'm not really worried about anything else that's going on around me."

It has been a trying season for Foye.

He began the season as the fourth guard, hardly playing. Then he became the starter in place of Billups.

But when the Clippers acquired Nick Young from Washington, Foye lost his starting job and didn't play at Indiana.

Then Foye became the starter again, which he has been the last five games.

It has forced Foye to maintain his composure and confidence.

"Read my life story. It was never easy for me," Foye said. "So I don't expect it to be now. I don't want it to be easy. If it's too easy, you don't deserve it. If you have to work for it, you feel better about it once you get it."

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