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Rodney White hopes to call L.A. his home

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week What could work in White’s favor is his NBA experience. He started with Detroit after being the ninth overall selection in the 2001 draft, then played two and half seasons with Denver, before finishing last season with Golden State. He said he struggled last year with a sprained ankle that happened in the 2004 playoffs with Denver, but now is fully healthy. What may not work in White’s favor of making the Clippers is that the team already has 13 players with guaranteed contracts, and it is likely to keep 14 players. “I think I just have to show them how they can use me,” he said. “I can be a mismatch guy. I can take power forwards out on the wing or post up some small forwards.” How White performs in the preseason could determine whether he stays. The Clippers plan on starting Corey Maggette at small forward, and veteran Walter McCarty and rookie James Singleton play the position and have guaranteed contracts. Even with his future a bit in doubt, White sounds as if he has a wise perspective on his place. He traveled to Kenya this summer for Hoops for Africa, a non-profit organization promoting HIV and AIDS awareness, and says his outlook on life changed after the trip. One week before training camp, Payton signed with the Heat, preventing White from getting a guaranteed deal. So as White looks to start his fifth NBA season, he is with the Clippers and in a different position than the past four seasons. He has a non-guaranteed contract and is fighting for a roster spot. “I’m always confident in my skills,” White said. “I have enough talent to be on this ball club, but at the same time, it’s about management and what they want, and they make the call. I think that’s out of my control, so I just have to do my job here.” He saw poverty that is far different than that in the United States. He says that AIDS and poverty in Africa need to be addressed, and too often, Americans take a lot of their wealth for granted. “I came home, got my Bentley and thought, /\x27/Man, this is crazy,” he said. Mobley starts hot Cuttino Mobley scored 15 of his 17 points in the first quarter in the Clippers’ 90-84 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. Mobley was 6 of 6 from the field in the first quarter and 3 of 3 from 3-point range. Maggette added 17 points, but had five of the Clippers’ 20 turnovers. Aches and pains Elton Brand missed his second consecutive preseason game with a left thigh bruise, but he said he definitely would play if it were the season and he expects to play tonight in Phoenix. … Shaun Livingston missed his second consecutive preseason game with a strained lower back. He is not expected to play tonight, nor is Chris Kaman, who is in Michigan to mourn the loss of his grandmother. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Rodney White practically had his bags packed, ready to go to Miami. The Heat revamped their roster this season, acquiring Antoine Walker, Jason Williams and a few other players to compliment Shaquille O’Neal. White says he was set to sign a guaranteed contract and be a role player. But one final acquisition put the kibosh on his Florida plans Gary Payton. last_img read more