December 10, 2013 |
BOSTON - Doc Rivers is returning to the site of his most glorious moments as an NBA coach. Rivers is bringing his new team, the Clippers, to face his old team, the Boston Celtics, a team he led to an NBA championship in 2008 and to the NBA Finals in 2010. He spent nine seasons with the Celtics before he bolted from Boston last June, rather than stick around for a rebuilding project, to join the Clippers to become the coach and senior vice president of basketball operations.
June 30, 2013 |
Doc Rivers was a McDonald's All-American, one of the top recruits in the nation, a budding star bound for Marquette. None of that made any difference to the phrase on the wall of his high school gym that confronted him each day as he jumped rope before practice. If you think you're so important to this team, stick your foot in a bucket of water. When you take your foot out, the hole you leave will be how much you'll be missed when you walk out of the door. It was just another harsh message in a childhood dripping with them.
November 14, 2013 |
The first real test of the Doc Rivers era has appeared, and it can appropriately be described in less than 140 characters. Can the new Clippers coach practice the same toughness that he preaches? Less than a month into his first season as the Clippers' $7-million savior, Rivers must start by repairing his own locker room after one of his players threatened to blow it apart. The player's name is Matt Barnes, his motive was anger, his weapon was Twitter, and 20 seconds worth of his insensitive typing could rattle this team for weeks.
June 26, 2013 |
Doc Rivers wasn't shy about sharing why he signed on as the Clippers' new head coach at his introductory news conference Wednesday. To win championships. That's the only reason he's still coaching. And when he heard the Clippers were coming into the coaching-search fray, it intrigued him. PHOTOS: Doc Rivers introduced as Clippers coach “The reason I wanted this when it was made available is because of what they have and not what they don't have,” Rivers said. “I clearly think this is an extremely talented basketball team.
June 20, 2013 |
The NBA has cast doubt on the proposed trade between the Clippers and Boston Celtics because a coach cannot be traded for a player under the collective bargaining agreement, said a person familiar with the talks who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The deal that has been discussed and was close to being completed was Boston sending the rights to Coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks. The person said that even if the Clippers and Celtics break the trade into two transactions, the NBA would frown upon that because the Clippers are trying to get Rivers more than anything else.
January 29, 2014 |
Doc Rivers' message had a nice ring to it: Vote for D.J. The Clippers coach said Wednesday he had lobbied his fellow Western Conference coaches to cast an All-Star vote for center DeAndre Jordan , who has become one of the game's elite big men in his sixth NBA season. "I got a great response," Rivers said, "but that's why you go under a curtain and you vote for real because [they say], 'Yeah, I'm going to vote for him' and then they [pull] that other lever. " The coaches will select the seven reserves from the West who will be announced Thursday afternoon on TNT: three frontcourt players, two backcourt players and two wild-card players from any position.
September 30, 2013 |
The pleasantries quickly gave way to a more sobering discussion when Doc Rivers first met with Chris Paul. Topics of conversation did not include Paul's six All-Star game appearances, his unmatched ability to close out games or his status as possibly the best point guard in the NBA. "He pretty much told me I wasn't anything," Paul said Monday during the Clippers' annual media day. "He told me I hadn't done anything, and he was right. " PHOTOS: Clippers media day Welcome to life with the league's most painfully sincere coach.
August 22, 2013 |
Because Doc Rivers had played one season for the Clippers, he pretty much knew where he wanted to live when he moved to Los Angeles to become their coach and senior vice president of basketball operations. He didn't know how odd the whole experience would feel as he moved things around his new condo Thursday. "It's strange to be anywhere other than Boston right now, honestly," he said. "I was in one place for nine years and I didn't have any plans of not being in that place. It kind of came so quickly.
March 9, 2011 |
Reporting from Boston ? Basketball ? sure. Everyone knows what Blake Griffin is capable of doing on the court. Or at the hoop. Celtics Coach Doc Rivers got a closer look at the prized Clippers rookie during All-Star weekend and signaled his approval of the way the power forward operates. As is the custom now, every opposing coach is asked at least one question about Griffin before any Clippers game and it was no different here Wednesday. "He's just going to keep getting better," Rivers said.
October 2, 2013 |
LA JOLLA - The Clippers scrimmaged Wednesday and got to work on an offense that Coach Doc Rivers wants to be more fluid. Rivers has put Alvin Gentry, the Clippers' associate head coach, in charge of the team's offense, which they both hope will generate more motion and less standing around. All-Star point guard Chris Paul will direct that offense on the court, and he already sees a difference. "It only helps because the defense doesn't know what's coming," Paul said. "It keeps everybody engaged on the defensive end. It also keeps everybody on our team involved on the offensive end. " In many ways, Rivers said, there isn't a drastic change in the Clippers' offense from last season.