Daily Herald
Clippers big on their big men
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 1/29/2009 12:01 AM

LOS ANGELES - Even though two of the three did not play against the Bulls on Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Clippers are one of the few teams with an abundance of big men.

Marcus Camby returned from a sprained ankle to face the Bulls, while Zach Randolph (knee) and Chris Kaman (arch) still are sidelined.

Healthy or not, Clippers coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy said he won't consider dealing any of them before the Feb. 19 trade deadline.

"No plans at all," Dunleavy said before the game. "We want to see how they play together. We think they can be one of the best front lines in basketball. I think they can work well together; I just haven't seen it happen yet."

Randolph arrived in a trade from New York on Nov. 21, but he has been out since Dec. 28.

"Kaman and Randolph haven't played together, but I don't see that being much of an issue because it's pretty much like Kaman and (Elton) Brand playing together," Dunleavy said. "Thirty-two minutes apiece is not a bad number for guys who have been injured and banged up."

Gooden back on bench: After visiting physical therapist Mike Clark in Phoenix, Drew Gooden was back with the Bulls on Wednesday. But the prognosis for his abdominal and groin strain hasn't changed much.

"He's feeling a little bit better," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "I think he'll be out at least another week, probably."

Rose a top-seller: Derrick Rose debuted at No. 9 on the ranking of most popular NBA jerseys. The survey was based on sales at the NBA Store in New York and at nba.com since the start of the season. The top eight are Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Allen Iverson, Pau Gasol, Paul Pierce and Dwyane Wade.