HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors

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Although Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett showered each other with praise before Monday's game between the Clippers and Timberwolves, Austin Rivers wasn't as complimentary late in the fourth quarter, when both players received double technicals for jawing at each other. With 3:23 left in the game and the Clippers leading the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-97, Rivers looked like he intentionally bumped Garnett as he walked back to the Clippers bench. Garnett then elbowed him and pointed at him, and Rivers got in Garnett's face before both were given a technical foul. "I thought Austin should have punched him, personally," Doc Rivers said with a smile after the game. ESPN.com

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DeAndre Jordan has gotten over being snubbed as an All-Star, but Doc Rivers said it would be a crime worthy of an investigation if he was also snubbed for the defensive player of the year award. In fact, if Jordan was able to post better offensive numbers, there's no reason in Rivers' eyes he shouldn't be part of the MVP conversation. "He's clearly the defensive player of the year," Rivers said Sunday. "If anybody else gets that award, we need to have an investigation. … What he’s doing defensively, if he was doing that offensively, he would be recognized as the MVP or one of them, but because it's defense, no one notices." ESPN.com

Jordan started his 300th consecutive game on Sunday, the longest active streak in the NBA, but it wasn't until Blake Griffin was sidelined with a staph infection in his right elbow three weeks ago that Jordan received the attention Rivers felt was long overdue for the Clippers' 26-year-old center. "He gets every rebound," Rivers said. "And when he doesn't get it, it takes two guys to keep him off and allows the other guys to get rebounds. He's clearly very important for us." ESPN.com

March 1, 2015 Updates

Mason played five seasons with the New York Knicks. Clippers coach Doc Rivers was Mason’s teammate for two-plus of those seasons. “The passing of Anthony Mason is so sad,” Rivers said in a statement. “He was a true warrior and a great teammate. He embodied what it meant to be a Knick. I loved him and my prayers go out to his family.” Los Angeles Daily News

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"We like our team," Rivers said Wednesday. "We actually like our basketball team, and if we could add something that can help that, we will. What people don't understand is chemistry is so freaking important. Unless it's somebody you think is going to really change your team, this team was a couple bad plays in Game 6 away from the Western Conference finals last year. We lost some guys and added some guys, but we like our team." ESPN.com

Rondo’s first coach in Boston, Doc Rivers, echoed similar sentiments about the incident. “It happens more, hopefully, in the locker room, but it happens,” Rivers, who now coaches the Los Angeles Clippers, told reporters on Wednesday. “They’re both winners. They’ll figure it out, I really believe that. Rick Carlisle has proven he’s a championship coach. Rondo has proven he’s a championship point guard. You have two champions. You just figure at some point, they’ll figure it out. The fact it was out in the open gives us all something to talk about.” CSNNE.com

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Garnett is expected to immediately become Cultural Minister of the Wolves. He's unofficially in charge of changing the attitude, the habits, the expectations of the young team. The locker room will become something like Father Flanagan's Boys Town -- home for wayward boys -- with Garnett starring in the title role. "He changed their culture," Saunders said of Garnett's time with the Boston Celtics. "Doc (Rivers) told me that. They had veteran players and everything else, but when he went in the locker room, the music was cut off and everything." St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Davis didn't finish with the most points (10) or rebounds (6), but his team said he made all of the difference. "Without Baby, we don't win tonight," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "Forget the points, it was his defense and his rebounding and his toughness and his energy. He was huge, and I don't mean that [like that]." Los Angeles Times

While many prognosticators pegged the Bulls and Cavaliers to meet in the Eastern Conference finals, that may not be their only competition. Both teams will aggressively pursue center Kendrick Perkins when his buyout from the Jazz becomes official, a league source said. In fact, a separate league source said while Clippers coach and basketball operations head Doc Rivers will reach out to the center who started on Rivers' champion Celtics team, Perkins is leaning towards signing with the Bulls or Cavaliers. Chicago Tribune

Dan Woike: Austin Rivers sore left foot is same injury he suffered in TOR. Doc said team might need to sign another guy Twitter @DanWoikeSports

The Clippers explored ways to get better on the wing, sniffing around on players such as Phoenix’s Gerald Green and Oklahoma City’s Perry Jones III, but no deal was close. “We were as active as everybody else. We just didn’t do anything,” Rivers said. “There was nothing for us. We don’t have a lot of assets we could turn around, and we kind of knew that going into it.” Orange County Register

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