Ronny Turiaf thrived during the exhibition season as a reserve big man for… (Harry How / Getty Images )
They have developed a bond for the Clippers, two players willing to do all of the little things.
Ronny Turiaf and Ryan Hollins have thrived in their roles during the exhibition season as the reserve big men for the Clippers.
They work well together, both bringing energy when they're on the court.
"We have a nice little relationship going on," said Turiaf, a seven-year veteran. "It's like I tell him what I'm going to do and what to expect from me. He tells me what to expect from him. He likes me talking to him. Defensively, we're both active. We're both trying to make plays. We play off each other."
Turiaf is a 6-foot-10, 249-pound power forward and Hollins is a 7-foot, 240-pound center, but because of their versatility, they are interchangeable parts.
They signed as free agents over the summer, Turiaf coming from the NBA champion Miami Heat, Hollins from the Boston Celtics.
"I've always had respect for Ronny's game," Hollins said. "We'd always work out together during the off-season. He's one of those guys you hate to play against because he does all those little things. So once I got the opportunity to play alongside Ronny, I knew it was going to be a good thing."
With the uncertainly about when forward Lamar Odom might play while he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee, Turiaf and Holllins provide the Clippers with quality depth behind starters Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Turiaf and Hollins are active, willing to play defense, rebound and set screens.
Hollins can finish around the basket and Turiaf can make the 15-foot jump shots.
And they can run the court on the fastbreak.
"We have a nice little mix of guys," Turiaf said. "It's like a nice little piece of the puzzle. The pieces with the guys here fit."
Hollins, who played at UCLA, said Turiaf has made him a better player.
"We make each other's job simple," said Hollins, a six-year veteran. "I feel comfortable because I know if I go to contest a shot or go for a rebound, I know that Ronny is going to be there for me."
Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, called the Clippers last week to issue a warning to Hollins about flopping, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
During an exhibition game against the Lakers last week, Hollins was called for a blocking foul and he took a charge on Pau Gasol.
The NBA installed a rule for this season in which the league will penalize players they consider to be floppers.
Players will be fined for repeated violations.
Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation, $10,000 for a third, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 for a fifth. A player who is warned six or more times could be suspended.
Hollins' count will begin anew when the regular season starts.