View Full Version : LA Times - Clippers tap the Gonzaga connection

12-15-2007, 04:08 PM
Some nice name-dropping here by Richie in the LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-clipreport16dec16,0,6531787.story?coll=la-home-center).

Clippers tap the Gonzaga connection

Signing of Frahm gives team two guards from the Spokane, Wash., school, joining Dickau. Dunleavy hopes he'll also provide needed outside shooting.
By Jonathan Abrams, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
4:35 PM PST, December 15, 2007

The number of Clippers who reached the NBA via Gonzaga just doubled.

Guard Richie Frahm, signed shortly after Ruben Patterson was waived, joins fellow Gonzaga alumnus Dan Dickau on the roster.

"Now we just need [John] Stockton, [Adam] Morrison and [Ronny] Turiaf and we are set," Frahm said.

Stockton is long retired, Morrison is injured and out for the season and Turiaf suits up down the hallway for the Lakers, whom the Clippers play tonight, the teams' first meeting this season.

So Frahm and Dickau will have to settle for being the only Clippers who double as Bulldogs.

Frahm, 6 feet 5 and 202 pounds, was waived by the Phoenix Suns shortly before the season began. He previously averaged 3.5 points and 1.2 rebounds for four NBA franchises in 130 games.

"Nothing fancy," Frahm said. "Just run around and shoot and bring some energy."

Frahm and Dickau didn't play together at Gonzaga, although they were roommates when Dickau redshirted during the 1999-2000 season.

But they do have a history. They grew up in the same city -- Vancouver, Wash. -- and played on the same fifth- and sixth-grade basketball team.

"It's pretty exciting for two guys from Vancouver, Washington," Frahm said.

Coach Mike Dunleavy said he is looking for Frahm to spread the court.

"He is a terrific outside shooter," Dunleavy said. "That's the biggest component that he brings. We felt that was an area of need for us right now. We have guys that get double teamed in the low post and are looking for ways to open that up a little bit."

Frahm, who said he was entertaining offers to play in Spain when he heard from the Clippers, has had trouble finding an NBA home. Dunleavy said the team will find out if Frahm suits the offense as he becomes acclimated to it.

"We'll find out more as we go," Dunleavy said. "Sometimes, guys take a little bit of time before they find their confidence at the next level or the right team or the right fit for them."

12-15-2007, 06:47 PM
As a pre-Stockton GU fan, I could never have dreamed that some day there would be 3 GU grads playing (or at least on the roster) in a single NBA game. Good luck to Dan, Richie and Ronny and may they all enjoy a great basketball season.

ZagMan in Philly
12-16-2007, 12:07 PM
I will feel like a parent watching the clips vs lakers tonite. Hope for an entertaining game with lots of scoring.