The NBA lockout is going to end up costing rookies like the Clippers' Trey Thompkins more than just the 16 cancelled games in their first season.
With schedules compressed so tightly, rookies on NBA rosters who aren't in their teams' regular rotations are left fighting for ways to get better.
"It's tough. There's hardly any practice at all," Vinny Del Negro said. "And we're loaded in that area with Kenyon and Reggie. He's got to just keep on working, watching film and paying attention."
Thompkins has played in just 19 games this season.
Still, through extra on-court work before each game, Thompkins has seen his shot, ball-handling and defense take steps forward.
"It's a learning experience. I never want being on the bench to get to me," Thompkins said. "I want to be a good teammate. I appreciated it at Georgia when guys would get loud for me. If Blake has a big dunk, I want him to look over and see support from his team."
After beating the Jazz 105-96 on Saturday, the Clippers...