Clippers feature one of the NBA’s most international rosters

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum LOS ANGELES — The Clippers have got game – global game.Every NBA team has at least one international player this season, but the six among the Clippers’ 15 player-roster is second-most in the league, behind only the Dallas Mavericks, who have seven. The Utah Jazz also have six.That makes for a melting pot reflective of the city the Clippers represent as well as their league, which this season features 108 players from 42 nations beyond the United States.“It’s very cool,” said starting forward Danilo Gallinari, who is Italian. “Different stories, different backgrounds, it’s great.” Gallinari is joined by Polish center Marcin Gortat, Canadian guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Cameroonian forward Luc Mbah a Moute and a pair of Serbians, guard Milos Teodosic and center Boban Marjanovic – the latter two of whom he has a long basketball history with.“With Bobi and Milos, we go back many years,” Gallinari said. “The first time that we met, we were 15. I remember, I lost a semifinal of a European championship against Milos. He was 17, I was 16. We always had a lot of problems playing against them, against Serbia in general, so it’s great to have them on my side.”Two-way Dominican center Angel Delgado also is in the mix. The international flavor permeates daily goings-on in the Clippers’ camp. A birthday song performed by the rookies for Coach Doc Rivers was in Spanish (with “pounding and dancing,” Delgado said), and Rivers said he assigned all the Europeans to the same squad in a recent scrimmage (they lost, he said).Chatter in the Clippers locker room is a blend of languages, with media contingents such as Italy’s La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Poland’s TVP Sports and the Dominican Republic’s Abriendo El Juego, among others, all having been on scene to conduct interviews on behalf of fans back home.Video crews from four international organizations were at Friday’s shootaround at the Clippers’ training facility in Playa Vista, including a popular Puerto Rican webcast team known as El Vacilon De La NBA, which brought with them a Yoda doll that purportedly makes reliable NBA-related predictions. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “I like it, a lot of guys are coming from their country, representing their country, it makes it fun,” said Delgado, noting that he believes international players often have had to clear extra hurdles to make it to the NBA.“You see how hard guys work internationally to make it here – it’s really hard to make it here,” he said. “So we’re just happy to be in this position.”The 6-foot-10, 245-pound center said he’s especially happy to have landed with the Clippers, who signed him to a two-way contract with the L.A. team and the G League’s Agua Caliente Clippers this summer.“It’s a great team, great guys, I think we’re gonna do a lot of great things,” Delgado said.Now if he could just find a good Dominican restaurant in the multicultural mecca that is Los Angeles.COACH SAYS TO VOTEYes, that small, square pin you’ll see on Rivers’ lapel is political, and NBA-approved, he said.Rivers said he often talks about voting with his players – and anyone who will listen.“I talk to everyone about it,” he said. “Republican or Democrat, that’s fine, be whatever you want to be, just vote. We have a lot to say about what’s going on. All of us, not just blacks, I’m talking women, Hispanics, we’ve all fought for the right to vote and it’s been a hard fight. I think we’ve lost like the light on how hard it was just to be able to vote and yet now we’re not voting. It upsets me and we have to vote.”The pin sums up those thoughts succinctly; it reads: “I am a voter.”“It’s something we all pushed for and the league graciously will allow starting today,” Rivers said.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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