C.J. Wilcox relishes rookie duties as a Clipper

Rookie C.J. Wilcox says he prefers limited role with the Clippers to more minutes on a lesser team

The Clippers have taken it easy on rookie C.J. Wilcox.

Then again, it's still early in the season.

About the most embarrassing thing Wilcox's teammates have made him do is dress in an orange suit similar to the one Jim Carrey wore in the original "Dumb and Dumber" when the Clippers played the Lakers on Halloween.

Wilcox also had to buy and wear a Michael Jackson outfit, complete with a sparkly white glove, and make runs to Chipotle before team flights out of Los Angeles International Airport.

His duties on those flights were even less fun.

"I had to run up and down the plane and do push-ups in the aisle," Wilcox said. "Just random stuff."

Wilcox is happy he's spent more time the last week playing than fulfilling his first-year responsibilities. He made his NBA debut against Orlando on Wednesday and scored in each of his first two games.

The shooting guard said he preferred a limited role with the Clippers to more minutes on a lesser team.

"It's hard," Wilcox said of not playing much. "But we're winning here, so I think that's the biggest thing. You see the culture, see how things are done and you're playing the right way, and I think that's a much better situation than situations like" those on rebuilding teams.

Griffin's court date

Blake Griffin's lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, told a Las Vegas judge on Monday that he had completed his independent investigation of a man's claim that Griffin assaulted him in October inside a nightclub on the Strip.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem William Jansen set a Jan. 12 status check date in the misdemeanor battery case. That hearing is the next step in the determination of whether Griffin will face trial in the matter.

Schonfeld would not disclose what he found in his probe of the Oct. 19 night, when Daniel Schuman told police that Griffin attacked him at Tao nightclub inside the Venetian resort. Schuman said Griffin snatched his cellphone and then grabbed him after he took a photo of a group of Clippers players at the club.

Griffin, 25, did not appear in court Monday. A conviction can carry up to a six-month jail sentence, though that would be unlikely for someone with no prior criminal record.

Lawler's return

Longtime broadcaster Ralph Lawler returned from a one-game absence caused by complications from surgery to dissolve a kidney stone. Lawler experienced breathing problems during the procedure, requiring a tube to be placed down his throat and leaving him raspy and unable to call the Clippers game against New Orleans on Saturday.

It was the first time Lawler had missed a game because of injury or illness in his 36 seasons with the team.

Etc.

Reserve forward Reggie Bullock (sprained ankle) and reserve point guard Jordan Farmar (back spasms) were unavailable against Phoenix on Monday. Reserve forward Chris Douglas-Roberts, sidelined since last month by a strained right Achilles' tendon, said he hoped to play during the Clippers' three-game trip that starts Wednesday in Indiana.

Times staff writers John Glionna and Melissa Rohlin contributed to this report.

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