Following is a statement from the Los Angeles Clippers concerning the team’s long time public address announcer David Courtney, who died in Los Angeles earlier Thursday:

“Today our organization lost a good friend. In his years as public address announcer for Clippers’ home games, David Courtney was a consummate professional who brought a unique passion and energy to every event. We are saddened by his passing, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Janet and the rest of his family. David will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched.”

To know what kind of teammate Ronny Turiaf is all you had to do was hear him interrupt one.

A few minutes after practice, while fellow Clippers newcomer Jamal Crawford was speaking to a handful of reporters near the team’s weight room, Turiaf was walking by, when he heard the line of questioning about Crawford’s role as a sixth man.

“The most underrated two-guard in the league, right here,” Turiaf said, poking his head between Crawford and the interviewers. “You can print that.”