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Clippers youngsters will play to win at Summer League

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — Three buddies are hoping they return from their road trip to Las Vegas as big winners.With their first NBA Summer League game set for Saturday against the Lakers, the Clippers reintroduced second-year guard Jerome Robinson and introduced their recently drafted rookies, former Florida State teammates Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann, to media members on Monday.The developmental opportunity presented by summer league games is important, but learning to win together seemed a priority for the players.“Nothing too specific (to work on),” Mann said at Wiseburn Gym in El Segundo, the Clippers’ temporary offseason home while their Playa Vista facility is renovated. “Just get out there and be me and try to win the whole thing.” Said Robinson: “I’m going in as if I’m playing however many games it takes to get to the championship and win.”After missing much of last season with a lingering foot injury, Robinson said he has no designs on limiting his court time in Las Vegas, despite his veteran status among Summer League participants.His NBA experience does, however, give him a perspective that Kabengele and Mann might find valuable: Their stories will be theirs, and only theirs.“It’s gonna be your own kind of experience,” said Robinson, who averaged 3.4 points in 33 games for the Clippers last season, when he also spent time in the G League, where he averaged 18.2 points in 24 games. “Guys are gonna give you their experiences and tidbits, but you have to go through it for the first time by yourself. It’s not all gonna be the same, everything you hear or heard, you’re gonna get new experiences that nobody has had in the past. So you’ve just got to go in and have fun with it.”There’s plenty that’s fun about these three guys joining forces. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “It’s very exciting,” Robinson said. “It’s cool to see those guys.”The trio headlines a Clippers summer squad that will be coached by Brian Adams, the head coach for the Agua Caliente Clippers.The MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas will run from July 5-15 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada.The rest of the squad includes Cliff Alexander, Oshae Brissett, Robert Carter, Amir Coffey, Kaiser Gates, Nigel Hayes, Isaac Humphries, Tramaine Isabell, David Michineau and Derrick Walton Jr.The Clippers’ other Sumer League games are scheduled for July 7 against the Memphis Grizzlies; July 9 against the Washington Wizards and July 11 against the Sacramento Kings. Teams will then be seeded for the Summer League playoffs.center_img The Clippers didn’t seek Robinson’s input, but the former Boston College standout would have vouched for the fellow Atlantic Coast Conference alumni.Kabengele, a 6-foot-10 forward, was the ACC Sixth Man of the Year last season after averaging 13.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots for the Seminoles, who last season reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Mann, a 6-7 guard, contributed 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.“(Kabengele) was a beast this year, low-post, mid-post, and Terance was the engine to that whole team, doing everything for them, all the dirty work,” said Robinson, who hosted Kabengele on a recruiting visit to Boston College and got to know Mann, who lived in nearby New Hampshire, socially through a former Eagles teammate.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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