December 8, 2002 |
Juggling minutes for players has always been a difficult task for basketball coaches, especially those with standout reserves aching for a chance to show off their skills. Sometimes it's a blessing to have such a deep rotation. At other times, it's a headache. Just ask Clipper Coach Alvin Gentry, who on Saturday called on Tremaine Fowlkes to play against Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves. It meant someone would be forced to sit while Fowlkes went after Garnett.
March 22, 2002 |
Somebody asked Coach Alvin Gentry if "everybody was in good shape" before the Clippers played the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. "No," Gentry said, drawing out the "o" to emphasize the fact that the Clippers are bruised and battered. Quickly, he added, "But it doesn't matter at this stage. It's a part of the season that everybody is struggling with their health." Eating, sleeping and playing basketball are about all the Clippers are doing at this point.
March 12, 2002 |
Coach Alvin Gentry had no update to give on injured Clippers Keyon Dooling, Corey Maggette and Lamar Odom. It's not that he's unconcerned about them, but Gentry can't wish them back to health. It's possible Dooling (ankle), Maggette (hand and knee) and Odom (wrist and ankle) will be sidelined for the rest of the regular season. Gentry said he will know more about their status when the team returns to L.A. today.
March 4, 2002 |
Darius Miles said at the start of the season that he was content to play behind Clipper small forward Lamar Odom. Later, when Odom was injured, he said he was satisfied to play behind Corey Maggette. Now, with Maggette sidelined by injuries, he said he is perfectly comfortable as Tremaine Fowlkes' backup. "It's my role," Miles said with a shrug. Miles and Quentin Richardson have excelled as the first substitutes off Coach Alvin Gentry's bench this season.
February 25, 2002 |
Coach Alvin Gentry started Darius Miles in Corey Maggette's place at small forward Saturday against the Indiana Pacers. Miles scored four points, making only one of six shots and two of six free throws in 36 minutes. So, Gentry will probably turn to Tremaine Fowlkes tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies, the fourth game on the Clippers' five-game trip. Miles, only 20, simply is more comfortable playing in a reserve role.
February 24, 2002 |
Tremaine Fowlkes made his first NBA basket on his first shot in his first game Saturday, a third-quarter put-back of a miss by Clipper teammate Quentin Richardson. The Clippers signed Fowlkes, who had been playing for the Columbus (Ga.) Riverdragons of the National Basketball Development League, to a 10-day contract Saturday.