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Clipper update: Lucky Number 15 (roster spot)

October 20, 2009 |  7:22 pm

And the last Clippers' roster spot goes to ... Kareem Rush.

Rush, who came to camp as a free agent, said on Tuesday before the exhibition against Maccabi Tel Aviv that Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy told him he would be sticking around.

Clipperslogo The Clippers have been deciding whether to carry 14 or 15 players on the roster.

"I've put myself in position to make this team," Rush said. "I think I've done a great job of establishing myself and showing what I'm capable of doing. It's up to the front office.

"Coach [Dunleavy] told me I was going to start the season with the team. I'm happy with what I've done this preseason and hope I can continue to play well and be a guy who can contribute."

The Clippers like the depth Rush gives them on the perimeter and his ability to hit the open shot.

"It's just what I do. I've been a shooter all my career," he said. "My job is to come down here and knock down open shots. It's my job to take 'em and make 'em. I've been shooting the ball pretty well. All due to the hard work I've been putting in this summer."

Naturally, Rush, the former Laker, was asked for his opinion on Blake Griffin's mammoth dunk on Sunday against the Lakers in the fourth quarter. .

"It was amazing," Rush said. "He's a YouTube fanatic. I told him I need 10% of all royalties from the posters he's gonna sell. Blake's a great talent. He's going to be a great player in this league."

Did he get the 10% in writing?

"I think it's just a gentleman's handshake deal, for 10%," Rush said, laughing.

-- Lisa Dillman

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