Sneakers squeaked, balls bounced and voices carried across the court.
Twenty-eight days later, the
In his six seasons with the team (he sat out one season because of a knee injury), forward
"It's like a weird feeling being here getting taped, getting ready for practice," Griffin said Friday morning before a session that was expected to last about 90 minutes.
The team went 9-6 over a nearly monthlong stretch in which it did not have more than one day off between games. Rivers had contemplated resting his players for a game or two but instead gave them time off when they weren't playing.
"I don't think there's really much else to do," Griffin said. "I mean, you could practice, but I think the biggest thing for all of us is having our legs for games, and that's kind of the way to do it without sitting guys out of games."
Griffin, 25, said he would have been against sitting out a game to rest.
"I don't really like sitting out unless you're hurt, especially for me," Griffin said. "This is my fifth year [playing]. There are other guys that have a lot more years, a lot more mileage on them, so I didn't want to sit out."
Rivers anticipated practicing more in the coming weeks, even though his team has only four instances this month in which it will have more than one day between games. One possible tradeoff, Rivers said, would be to reduce the number of shoot-arounds before games.
The coach said his team would practice again Sunday even though it has games Saturday and Monday. That would make two practices in three days, something the Clippers have not done since early in the season.
A developing situation
Rivers said the Clippers were mulling an attempt to acquire their own
"It's good for management too," Rivers said. "You can bring coaches in to run your stuff, you can see if they're capable people, even down to the administration, marketing, PR, everything. It builds your whole organization and gives young people a chance to get in on the ground floor and build up the organization."
Rivers said he did not think the growth of rookie guard C.J. Wilcox and second-year forward
"That one you go back and forth on," Rivers said of sending players to the D-League. "I think a lot of the good teams send [young players] down for a couple of games but bring them back because they think it's more important for them to be around the [
The Clippers will participate in the Orlando Summer Pro League this year, and not just because it's close to Rivers' off-season home.
"It's the perfect summer league to me," Rivers said. "Not too many games, I like the small audiences. It's not a show."
Other teams scheduled to participate are the
Rivers said he did not know whether the Clippers would also play in the Las Vegas summer league as they have in the past. Unlike its counterpart, the Orlando Summer Pro League is closed to the public.
"It's a teaching summer league to me," Rivers said.