NBA NOTEBOOK Knight’s condition irks Clippers coach

first_imgDunleavy, known for his tireless work ethic as a player, was flabbergasted by Knight’s shape and said it was unacceptable. “He’s not in good shape at all,” Dunleavy said. “I’m disappointed in the situation. You’d think with a veteran player, you’d think he’d come into camp ready to go.” The coach continued, “I don’t know the culture of other places, where it is no big deal whether you’re ready to go or not go. But it doesn’t sit well with me.” On the first day of camp Tuesday, Knight said, “I’m out of shape. I admit it. I’ve come into camps and been this way a lot in my career. “It’s something you’ve got to work through. You’ve got to understand what you have to do in order to build. It’s a building process for me.” When Knight first said he was out of shape, though, he chuckled. It appeared that he could have been exaggerating his condition and said, “This first week is tough. There’s nothing you can really do to get ready for what’s going to happen here.” On Thursday, he practiced and reacted to Dunleavy’s criticism. “That’s Mike, man,” Knight said. “Mike will say what Mike wants to say. When it’s time to play the games, I’ll be ready to play.” Dickau understands Dan Dickau participated in his first full day with the Clippers and was in a good shape. The former Gonzaga player said he was especially happy to return to the West Coast and says he likes being with the Clippers because playing time looks likely. Dickau is slated to be the third-string point guard behind Sam Cassell and Knight, but both of those point guards are beyond 30 and each has battled injuries. Something else Dickau brings is an understanding of how to recover from a torn Achilles, the same injury that Elton Brand has. Dickau was out 81/2 months with the injury and plans on comparing notes with Brand. “I went through the same thing, and I feel great,” he said. “I’ll share with him my experience and time frame.” Yi still secretive Yi Jianlian finally arrived. His shroud of secrecy continues. Yi, Milwaukee’s top draft pick, joined his new team for his first practice, but again dodged the question that’s hounded him since announcing he was coming to the NBA. Yi’s birth certificate lists him as being born Oct. 27, 1987, which would make him 19, but he’s long been rumored older. “I have no comment on that,” Yi said through translator Roy Lu. Iverson dispute Denver guard Allen Iverson said that officials from a promotions company that sued him knew he wasn’t going to show up for a weekend of appearances in Omaha in early August. “I alerted them that I wasn’t going to make it and I guess they didn’t alert the people that’s supposed to have been there,” Iverson said after practice. The complaint filed last week in Douglas County District Court seeks about $44,000 in damages for leaving fans at a youth rally and two nightclubs without their main attraction. Around the league Nets: The swamps of Jersey are going preppy. Izod, a clothing maker best known for its sports shirts, was awarded naming rights to the New Jersey Nets’ arena at the Meadowlands.The Meadowlands building has been called Continental Airlines Arena for 12 years and will now be called the Izod Center. Spurs: Guard Beno Udrih broke his finger in training camp and will be limited for a few weeks. AP contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Joe Stevens STAFF WRITER The Clippers did not return from Russia, jetlagged and injured, as they did last year in training camp. But just a few days into camp in Santa Barbara, Mike Dunleavy encountered something undesirable that upset him: Brevin Knight is out of shape. last_img read more