HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors

April 23, 2014 Updates

So Monday through Friday, mornings and sometimes nights, he cleared his schedule and cleared his head during this crucial time. This was the getting-to-know-you period between Griffin and his new coaching staff, the stretch when this high-flyer elevated his game in ways that were impossible to miss in his 35-point outing in Game 2 that evened the Clippers' series with the Golden State Warriors at 1-1 on Monday. The goal, then as it is now, was to keep this drive alive until that mid-June time when champions are made. "It was about patience (for Griffin), to take that new (Doc Rivers-led) coaching staff, let them teach you, and learn from it, and go in every day," Griffin's business manager, Lorne Clark, told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. "Get shots up, do those things. A lot of working with those guys, and they'd say, 'These are the positions we're going to put you in. Let's work on that face-up.' It's just having the confidence to go by people and (knowing that) you're unstoppable if you do this." USA Today Sports

April 22, 2014 Updates

"I think that was great mental toughness by Blake," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "We talk about it all the time: you have no opponent, we throw you the ball, you score. I don't care who's guarding you, just go play. I don't care what they do to you, just go play. And I thought that was his mindset. "No matter what call is made, no matter how hard a foul is, just keep playing, because you're the best player, and all the other stuff can take away from you. And I thought he was phenomenal." USA Today Sports

With the Los Angeles Clippers well on their way to routing the Golden State Warriors Monday night, Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal and Clippers coach Doc Rivers began jawing at each other. Rivers had said something to an official, O'Neal didn't like whatever that something was and barked at Rivers. Rivers barked back, and within a few moments player and coach were both getting hit with technicals. The incident ? which came midway through the second quarter of the Clippers' 138-98 victory ? was merely the latest chapter in what has fast become one of the NBA's most heated rivalries. Even in a 40-point blowout, it was clear the two teams don't care much for each other. And with the series now even at a game apiece and shifting to Oakland for Thursday's Game 3, the tension is as thick as ever. "It's very intense right now," O'Neal said. "Everyone wants to win. Everybody is looking for that blood. This league is about trying to smell what the weakness is. I don't care if it's the scorekeeper ? there are going to be scenarios where you are trying to find an edge and keep yourself going." Yahoo! Sports

April 19, 2014 Updates

Two days after Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson called out Clippers star Blake Griffin for flopping and playing out of control, L.A. coach Doc Rivers said he wants Griffin to keep doing what he's been doing this season, even if that includes flopping. "That's Klay's opinion; I don't really care," Rivers said Friday. "I just keep looking at what Blake's done. If he's flopping, then keep doing it because those numbers look awful good to me. So flop on. That's the way I look at it. Whatever he's done this year, I want him to keep doing exactly that. When the votes come for MVP, he'll be in the top three. "I'm good with anything anybody says. Blake, you just keep doing what you're doing. What's happening is Blake is kicking a lot of people's butts and they need something to say about him." ESPN.com

April 17, 2014 Updates
April 16, 2014 Updates

That was never more evident than during the NBA trade deadline in February, when the team's charter plane was delayed on the tarmac as Rivers worked the phones on possible deals. "It's one thing when your general manager is trying to trade you," said Matt Barnes, who was nearly dealt to the New York Knicks. "It's another when your coach is the general manager and trying to trade you. ESPN.com

April 9, 2014 Updates
April 1, 2014 Updates

On Saturday, when the veteran forward was sent to the locker room by Head Coach Doc Rivers for disciplinary reasons during the second quarter of the Clippers’ 11-point victory over the Houston Rockets, Davis’ emotions got the best of him. “Sometimes [being emotional] can be a good thing and sometimes it’s a bad thing,” Davis said following the Clippers’ win in Minnesota Monday. “[Saturday] was basically a bad thing. But it’s all about getting better.” Since being signed shortly after he was bought out by the Orlando Magic at the end of February, Davis has been working to get assimilated with the Clippers (53-22) and round into playing shape. NBA.com

“I want to help this team,” Davis said. “I have to make sure I can be able to play Clipper basketball. I just got here. It’s going to be tough. The transition’s going to be tough. And things are going to happen like that. “I’m here to play in the Playoffs. These games right now count to get better or whatever, but I want to be ready when the Playoffs start. So, I’m going to do work before, after.” NBA.com

March 31, 2014 Updates

Chris Paul, one of 14-year-old Patrick's favorite players, reached out to him prior to the surgery on his thyroid two weeks ago and then called him again after the surgery. On Monday, Paul, Doc Rivers and the Clippers arranged for the McCafferys to visit the team before their game in Minnesota. The scene seems as awesome as it sounds. “[Chris Paul's] interaction with Patrick has been so genuine. When he found out today that he was going to shootaround, he hasn't smiled like that in a month. I just can't thank Doc and Chris and the Clippers enough,” the elder McCaffery told Clippers.com. “From the beginning, when Dino Gaudio and Pat Kelsey first reached out to Chris, Patrick was really scared. He didn't know if it was cancer, and he had never had surgery. Chris first got on the phone with him and talked about that, ‘It's OK to be scared.' They really bonded and he said, ‘I'm going to call you back after the surgery.' And he did, which really meant a lot to Patrick. We kind of loosely talked about it. We've got to see him play and here they were.” CBSSports.com

March 30, 2014 Updates

Brad Turner: Glen Davis just got pulled out of game and said someting to Doc, who yelled at Baby, "Sit your xx down." Doc Rivers just told team security to take Glen Davis to locker room. Rivers clearly not happy with Davis. Assistant coach Alvin Gentry had went to talk to Davis, but apparently Rivers didn't care. Davis back in locker rooom. Twitter

But four years ago, the Celtics were the first team to have them installed for testing and development after Mike Zarren, the team’s assistant general manager and legal counsel, helped arrange a partnership with Stats that essentially made them guinea pigs. SportVU had its share of kinks, but it still represented the boldest step yet in the analytics movement that had swept through basketball in recent years. “Zarren, he came to me and he said, ‘These are all the things we can do,’ ” said Rivers, who now coaches the Los Angeles Clippers. “I said, ‘But I don’t know what any of that means. You’re telling me that Rondo moves 10 miles per hour? I don’t know what the [expletive] that does.’ ” Boston Globe

February 28, 2014 Updates
February 26, 2014 Updates

They share a common bond because of the point guard position. That has helped strengthen the relationship between Clippers All-Star Chris Paul and Coach Doc Rivers. Paul is widely considered the best point guard in the NBA, and Rivers played point guard throughout his 13-year NBA career, and so the two of them often think the same way when it comes to running the Clippers' offense. "We obviously are starting to get a better feel for each other, and our communication," Paul said after Monday night's game in New Orleans. "We're two point guards always talking like that. At times we bump heads. But I think the thing that I love and I appreciate about Doc is that he is as involved in the game as I am. He wants to win just as bad as I do. Los Angeles Times

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