Veteran guard J.J. Redick stood with his back against the wall at the Clippers practice facility, a gleam in his eyes, his voice anxious because the team was going to allow him to practice Friday and presumably play in their next exhibition game.
He had been held out of Wednesday night's game against Toronto because the biometrics technology tracking system the Clippers are using this season determined that Redick's body needed a break.
His "workload during training camp," Redick explained before practice, has been on the "sort of high group of guys," explaining why he wasn't allowed to play in the back-to-back game.
The Clippers play next on Monday at Staples Center against the Utah Jazz, and Redick will not be happy with Clippers Coach Doc Rivers if he's forced to sit again.
"I'm going to fight with Doc if not," Redick said, smiling. "I'm getting anxious. My son [Knox] woke up and I'm on night nurse duty. My son woke up at 2:30 or 3 [a.m.], so I put him back to bed and I was up for like an hour and I was like, '...I just want to play.' It was like two days of doing nothing. They wouldn't even let me shoot. They just wanted me to rest."
Redick has always been attentive to his conditioning and even spent time this summer working out using some trendy sports science.
But Redick also admitted he's somewhat skeptical of all the new technology being used.
"I think collecting data is fine. How you use that data and how you interpret that data is another thing entirely, so I'm always a little cautious as far as what … is being collected," Redick said. "But I'm a curious person … If there's anything to sort of gain from the data – whether it's performance-related or injury prevention – I'm all for it."
Still, Redick said he'll "always have that concern" about the possibility of information being used against a player.
"This league is as much perception as it is reality," Redick said. "You've always got to be sort of wary of who's looking at what and how they're looking at it."
However, Rivers said that the use of biometrics technology is not something his players should be worried about.
"You always have skepticism with everything," Rivers said. "That's how we are, or most of us. All of them to a man have used it, have liked the stuff. Some believe in it, some don't. That's fine. You can get numbers anyway. I don't think that's an issue."
The Clippers said rookie forward Brice Johnson didn't practice Friday because of back spasms and he is listed as day to day.