Get out of Craig Smith's way
Consider big-bodied Craig Smith's impact, thus far: One of the newest Clippers has already taken out rookie Blake Griffin (four days before training camp) and, on Friday, Marcus Camby, though that was more of a fluke when Camby sprained his left ankle near the end of practice.
No wonder they call this guy Rhino. He is 6 foot 7, 250 pounds and generally, only one guy gets up after a Smith collision ... and it's usually Smith.
"He's solid. He's a (Charles) Barkley type," teammate Al Thornton said. "He knows how to use his body."
Thornton laughed, adding: "I try not to get in his way. Once he gets a head of steam, it's a wrap."
-- Lisa Dillman
Photo: Clippers' Craig Smith, right, drives to the basket as Golden State's Kelenna Azubuike, left, and Corey Maggette, center, defend during a preseason game on Oct. 4. Credit: George Nikitin / Associated Press