LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers don't figure to have too long to work with the newest members of their roster -- but team executive Neil Olshey believes they've chosen players who can handle that situation, as well as bring skills to the roster.
Second-round picks Trey Thompkins, a power forward chosen at No. 37, and Travis Leslie, a guard taken at No. 47, arrived Sunday night for what figure to be a few very intense days of work and learning. The club will have them through Thursday, but after that, they're likely to be on their own. The NBA's current labor agreement expires Thursday night, and a lockout is expected to begin Friday.
If Olshey, the team's vice president of basketball operations, is correct, the team's increased focus on character and chemistry should help carry the new players through that period.