CASSELL KNOWS HOW TO SELL IT.
Byline: STEVE DILBECK
EL SEGUNDO El Segundo (ĕl sēgŭn`dō), industrial city (1990 pop. 15,223), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1917. Its products include navigation and computer systems, aircraft parts, office machines, telephone apparatus, and - Heads shake, eyes roll, words fail, smiles never end.
Ask a teammate: Has anyone in the history of our planet ever talked as much as Sam Cassell Samuel (Sam) James Cassell (born November 18, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. ?
``Nobody, not even toys where you squeeze their stomach and they talk,'' Elton Brand Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979 in Peekskill, New York) is an American All-Star professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Clippers and the USA National Team. said. ``He just talks away all the time about everything.''
His Clippers teammates cannot recall a moment he paused to take breath. Cassell is the only man alive who can break the sound barrier with his mouth.
``He don't shut his mouth,'' Chris Kaman Christopher Zane Kaman (born April 28 1982, in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers.
Kaman stands seven feet tall (213 cm) and weighs 265 pounds (120 kg). said. ``Whether it's about basketball or life or whatever, he just has this constant blow of information coming out of his mouth.''
In the huddle, at the free-throw line free-throw line
See foul line. , in the middle of the game. To teammates and opponents and officials. At practice and on the bus and at dinner. To coaches and reporters and ball boys.
Cassell has something to say. Something he is certain you need to hear.
``This guy talks 24/7,'' Corey Maggette Corey Antoine Maggette (born November 12 1979, in Melrose Park, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player, positioned at small forward for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. said.
Fellow starting guard Cuttino Mobley promises you that Cassell does not own a mute button. Suspects that he talks in his sleep. That he cannot stop.
``Nah, never,'' Mobley said. ``Sometimes he just talks to hear himself. I don't think he understands himself sometimes.''
But the Maryland Motormouth Mo´tor`mouth
n. 1. a person who talks excessively.
Noun 1. motormouth - someone who talks incessantly; "I wish that motormouth would shut up" has used his, er, effusive ef·fu·sive
1. Unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy: an effusive manner.
2. Profuse; overflowing: effusive praise. style to fuel the Clippers. To give them a touch of swagger. To keep them both loose and focused and confident.
And playing deeper in the playoffs than at anytime in their West Coast history. Has them tied 1-1 with Phoenix in the Western Conference semifinals.
Cassell has been everything the Clippers expected when they traded him for the Timberwolves' Marko Jaric last summer and he reluctantly agreed to the deal.
Cassell is 37 years old. He wants to win now. Wants to tell you about it, too. That and a few volumes more.
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy has been around the NBA NBA
1. National Basketball Association
2. National Boxing Association
NBA (US) n abbr (= National Basketball Association) → Basketball-Dachverband (= for 30 years and strained to think of anyone he ever has seen who talked the way Cassell does.
``I'd have to think about that one,'' Dunleavy said. ``Slick Watts? Maybe. (Larry) Bird talked, but not like that. His was more biting and taunting. Sam's just talking. Half the time he's congratulating guys, talking about whatever. He's not actually trash talking the whole time he's out there. He says a lot to his own teammates, not even to the other team.''
Hey, he has a lot on his mind. So much to share.
Wednesday night as the Suns' Tim Thomas went to the free-throw line, Cassell took out his mouth piece -- an occurrence common as an exhale exhale /ex·hale/ (eks´hal) to breathe out.
1. To breathe out.
2. To emit a gas, vapor, or odor. -- walked right in front of him and shared a few thoughts. Thomas, his former teammate in Milwaukee, grabbed him by his shaved head, pushed him aside and grinned.
``I'd just missed a free throw 30 seconds earlier so I told him, `I gave you one, now give me one,''' Cassell said. ``He said, `You're up 17points.'
``He made both free throws, so evidently I did a bad job of getting into his mind.''
Cassell tells the story and laughs. He laughs a lot. About the only thing he does more than laugh, is talk.
``Sam has a great personality,'' Kaman said. ``Always smiling, always happy. I've yet to see him really get down.''
No one, however, probably hears it from Cassell more than the 7-foot Kaman, the team's lone true center.
``He don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. when to quit sometimes, but he gets the message after I tell him I've had enough,'' Kaman said.
Cassell said he mostly talks to teammates and doesn't do much trash talking, though Brand remembers differently when he was an opponent.
``He talked a lot of trash,'' Brand said. ``He'd say, `This game's over. You guys are too young. You guys are too (something) for words.'''
To Cassell, ``The Sound of Silence'' might as well be written on a subway wall.
``People running their mouths but doing nothing on the basketball court should be quiet,'' Cassell said. ``You know what I'm saying? If you can run your mouth to distract your opponent and also be a success doing it -- that's a helluva hell·uv·a
Used as an intensive: He's a helluva great guy.
[Alteration of hell of a.] deal right there.''
As long as the message gets through.
``I don't even know what he's saying half the time he's talking to me,'' Dunleavy said.
That's OK, there's more still to come.