Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro has learned a few tricks about coaching since his playing days, and one of them is to be at least receptive to input from the players.

To a degree, of course.

"I'm a firm believer in if it's something the players feel can help us or put us in an area of strength, that's the biggest part of my job - to help players play with confidence, learn, improve but also play at strength," Del Negro said before Tuesday's game against Charlotte.

"It doesn't mean we always use them, but it's also ... if we see something, I'm open to that. It doesn't mean we're always going to make that adjustment whether it's offensively or defensively, but I think it gives the players a chance to rake some ownership in what we're doing, how we're doing it and they have to go execute it."

In other words, it had better be a good idea.

Everyone on the Clippers appreciates Lamar Odom's unselfish style of play.

Everyone's also been asking him to shoot more, and they got their wish when Odom scored 18 points Saturday in a win over Utah.

"We need him to be able to do that," Del Negro said. "It gives us another dimension when he's hitting those shots, it opens up the floor. Not only was he taking good shots but I liked when he was facilitating off the dribble not for anybody but for himself to score.