It was reunion night for the
Doc Rivers exchanged warm greetings with members of the local media.
The irregular playing time and continuous injuries were nothing compared to the epic losing.
"It was tough, losing games back to back, not really understanding which way are we going," Davis said Wednesday before his first appearance here since the
Davis had won an NBA championship with the
The Clippers signed Davis shortly thereafter and re-signed him this summer for one year and the veteran's minimum. Davis, who had six points during the Clippers' 114-90 victory over his former team, said he is more valuable to a championship contender like his current team than a rebuilding team like the Magic.
"The things I do kind of get overshadowed as far as the small things, playing the right way — the small intangibles to win games are ignored and being back on a championship team, the little things count just as much as the big things," Davis said. "So I feel real good about that, knowing that everything I do out there means something to the team."
Green's fresh start
The Clippers waived
The Magic nixed those plans by putting in a claim for the veteran shooting guard.
"One part of you is disappointed," Green said, "and the other side of you is excited to kind of have a fresh start."
Green was one of the most popular and unsung Clippers during his two seasons in Los Angeles, maintaining the same upbeat attitude whether he was starting games or playing a handful of minutes.
He has moved from a veteran locker room to one filled with recent draft picks, which has its benefits.
"I have an opportunity to really kind of put my stamp on these young guys and help them with their careers moving forward," Green said.
Green started his first game of the season Wednesday, walking over to the Clippers' bench and hugging Rivers before tipoff. Green finished with six points.
Rivers said Green, 33, would make a terrific coach once he finishes his playing career.
"When he's done running around in tight shorts," Rivers said, "he can come and sit next to me in a tight suit."