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Old 08-31-2006, 11:56 PM   #1
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Default Catching Up With Dunleavy:

How important was it to re-sign Sam Cassell this offseason, both for the Clippers and for the development of Shaun Livingston?

Dunleavy: A big part of our success last year was because of Sam and Cuttino. Both guys came into training camp and blended with our team immediately, which was surprising. There was no integration period. That helped us get off to a really good start.

I think this year, with guys being comfortable with each other and more familiar, it will be positive and I think that another year for Shaun with Sam under his belt will be good. They can also play together, so it’s not limited to one guy playing and the other guy not playing. But I think Sam is a great guy for Shaun to learn from.

Tim Thomas helped end the Clippers season in the playoffs as a member of the Suns and now he is playing for you. What does he bring to the Clippers?
Dunleavy: We were looking for a big guy who could go out and shoot the ball from range and Tim had that ability. That was a positive for us. He gives us versatility to play him as a big three, a power forward or a small center if we want to really play small at times. The versatility he brings was something that we were searching for all last year. We think that he’ll blend nicely with the guys we already have on our front line – Chris Kaman, Elton Brand, Zeljko Rebraca. All those guys have been in the system and played well. We added Aaron Williams as well in the offseason, so we feel like we have a real solid front line.
What is the biggest challenge this season now that teams know how good the Clippers are?
Dunleavy: Basically what I’ve always preached to our guys is that you lead with your defense. If you’re there night in and night out with your defense, if you put yourself in position to win ballgames, with the guys we have on our team, we feel that if we get in close games, we can win. Guys like Sam and Elton make big shots. We’re looking for improvement from a lot of our young guys with another year of experience under their belt and another year in the system. Things hopefully will become easier for everybody.


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