NBA ROUNDUP Patterson more than nickname

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first_imgClipper clippings The Clippers signed Dan Dickau to a one-year contract, and the veteran point guard joined the team for its evening practice. Dickau was acquired as the third-string point guard to provide stability behind Sam Cassell, who turns 38 next month, and Brevin Knight, who turns 32 next month. … Chris Kaman missed practice Tuesday with a sore lower back, and when asked when he could play again, said, “Hopefully in a couple days.” Around the league Knicks: Coach Isiah Thomas said his mind “never left basketball” throughout a three-week trial where he was found guilty of sexually harassing a former Knicks executive. Thomas said a day after the verdict that he wasn’t worried about losing his job and didn’t even talk with the team about the trial before practice. Spurs: Point guard Tony Parker will take a two-year hiatus from the French national team. Parker said on his Web site he needed time to rest and pledged to return to the team in time for the 2009 European championship in Poland. Jurisprudence: Allen Iverson has been sued for not showing up, this time to speak to his fans. The lawsuit filed in Douglas County District Court says the Denver Nuggets star didn’t come to a weekend of booked appearances in Omaha in early August, leaving fans at a youth rally and two clubs without their main attraction. Magic: Forward Tony Battie will undergo rotator cuff surgery likely to end his season, the team said. The Associated Press 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 As the self-proclaimed “Kobe Stopper,” Ruben Patterson made a startling claim about the origin of his nickname on Wednesday. “Shawn Kemp really started that,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBut with the power of the Internet and the perpetuating of that title in the media, those words probably will always be linked to the new Clipper, whether it was self-proclaimed or Kemp-proclaimed. “I’m sick of it now,” Patterson said of the nickname. “It’s worldwide. I hear it everywhere I travel. The first thing people say is Kobe Stopper. They don’t say Ruben Patterson. They say Kobe Stopper. But I tell everyone that me and Kobe are good friends now, and he actually tried to get me to the Lakers two years ago.” It’s not much of a stretch to say that Patterson welcomes challenges, such as defending Kobe Bryant, and it’s a big reason why the Clippers signed him this offseason. With Elton Brand out with a torn Achilles, the team figures the 6-foot-5 small forward could help fill the void left by Brand’s injury. Patterson, 32, averaged a career-high 14.7 points with the Milwaukee Bucks last season, and he did that even though he is known for his defense. “He’s coming off an excellent season, so in a sense, we were a little bit surprised he was available,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “But when Elton got hurt, the options that we looked at as far as what style do we do, how do we go out here and play? We were able to make moves and have a second unit that was a more aggressive up-tempo group.” last_img

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