"That's the first word I've heard of it," Jones said Monday as reporters gathered around him inside the Clippers' locker room, "and I'm happy."
A joyful demeanor has been a constant for Jones, one of the biggest reasons the Clippers will keep him after his second 10-day contract expires Tuesday. He has become the team's head cheerleader, usually the first to rise from the bench to applaud highlight plays or provide encouragement.
"Just bring spirit to a bench that seemed a little dead and disinterested at times," Jones said of his primary role, "but it's just what I've done all my career, even in the
Jones has made a minimal impact on the court, appearing in nine games and scoring four points in 31 minutes. But there is one number that has made him indispensable: The Clippers are 8-3 since his arrival after their 102-100 loss to the
Rivers said he hoped Jones could contribute more, relaying the story of Sam Cassell scoring 13 points in a playoff game against Atlanta in 2008 after Rivers and the
"It could be one stop, it could be one thing," Rivers said of Jones' impact, "so you just don't know."
Rivers acknowledged being frustrated that the Clippers' eight-game
The Kings also had to leave for only five games.
"I do take note that the other teams have a shorter trip than us but they use the same building," Rivers said. "That does not go unnoticed."
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"It was handled very smoothly, if I remember correctly," deadpanned Rivers, who does not allow his assistants to speak with the media. "I'm sure some guys had some wisecracks for him today on the bus."