HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors

February 23, 2014 Updates

Rivers was coy but smiled when asked about Davis possibly joining the team as early as Monday. "I've heard of him," Rivers said when asked about Davis. "We call him Baby Baby ... Whatever happens happens soon. I have a hunch. I do have a hunch but until everything is done I have no idea." ESPN.com

After deciding not to extend Sasha Vujacic's 10-day contract and trading Antawn Jamison and Byron Mullens, the Clippers roster currently stands at 12. The roster flexibility was created in part to give the Clippers the opportunity to sign players like Davis who were bought out. "The one thing we did predict right was the buyout season would be active this year and I don't think it's finished," Rivers said. "I think there will be more guys being bought out. It's every man for themselves right now I guess." ESPN.com

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Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson learned early on in this NBA life that learning the basketball basics late was far better than never learning them at all. Case in point? His rookie season with the Boston Celtics, when his coach at the time, Doc Rivers, gave the brutish big man DVD homework to study of a Hall of Famer who Jefferson – shockingly enough – had never heard of: the one and only Moses Malone. "At that time (2004), I really didn't know who Moses Malone was coming out of (Prentiss) Mississippi," said Jefferson, who was the Celtics' 15th pick in the first round that year. "I watched that DVD, and was like, 'Wow.' "Just to be able to have my game now represent the old-school game back in the day that at one point in time the world was used to and loved? I'm thankful." USA Today Sports

February 8, 2014 Updates

In the case of Blake Griffin, it has meant vaulting himself into the MVP conversation and into the superstar status he may have held because of his dunks and commercials but can now rightfully claim behind a well-rounded, dominant game that has unquestionably made him one of the top players in the NBA. "I expected greatness," Rivers said when asked his expectation for Griffin. "But he's done things we didn't know he could do as well, and clearly we're taking advantage of him in the open court with the ball. That's something we didn't know he could do and now we know he can do. We'll be better when Chris comes back because we'll have two guys now that you can outlet the ball to and that makes us really good as far as in our transition game." ESPN.com

January 28, 2014 Updates

Bucks coach Larry Drew says he doesn't make a habit of conversing with opposing coaches after games. But when his good friend Doc Rivers pulled him aside after the Clippers' 114-86 win on Monday night, Drew made an exception. "He just pulled me aside before I left the floor and whispered a couple of things in my ear," Drew said. "I'd rather not say what they were, but they were very uplifting." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

It would be an understatement to say it's been a long, frustrating year for the Bucks and their new head coach, and Rivers can relate. While it may seem like ages ago because of Rivers' impressive accomplishments over the past few years, just seven seasons ago his Celtics won 24 games — the second-worst record in the NBA that season. "It's tough, but it's called a rebuild," Rivers said in his postgame interview with the media. "I've been through two rebuilds and it's hard on the coaches. Every night as a coach, you have to think you are going to win the game and it's hard." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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His injury appeared to prevent him from applying the ball pressure he has thrived on defensively and limited much of his offense to spot up jumpers. He finished with 12 points and five assists in 29:50, but was not on the floor down the stretch in the fourth quarter and moving forward Clippers head coach Doc Rivers thinks it may be in the team’s best interest to sit Collison out. “He’s struggling,” Rivers said. “He couldn’t move and you kind of had a feeling, and I was right, that they were going to go [Jannero] Pargo and [Ramon] Sessions and start going pick-and-rolls. He’s trying but you could see him laboring up and down the floor. It’s tough. At some point, we may have to make a decision to sit him down as well.” NBA.com

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“I like our team,” Rivers said Saturday. “That doesn’t mean we won’t make changes. We’re not looking to make changes, but we’re always looking just like every other team. I like our team right now. If the season ended and we had the group we have right now, I like how we look. Obviously, I’d add Chris Paul to that group -- but other than that I like our team a lot.” ESPN.com

January 16, 2014 Updates

Redick is one of the first players Clippers coach Doc Rivers targeted when he came to Los Angeles. He had unsuccessfully tried to make deals to get him when he was coaching the Boston Celtics. He knew the Clippers lacked a 3-point threat last season and there was nobody better to stretch the court than Redick. He also knew he was getting something more when he talked to former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. "When I was talking about him with Stan Van Gundy, he said, 'You think you're getting a shooter, but you're shocked that you're going to get so much more,'" Rivers said. "He's a playmaker. He's tough and he's always in the right spots on defense and the best part about him is that he tells everybody the truth, even the coaches, and that's a good thing. ESPN.com

January 14, 2014 Updates
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Jamie Young was about to go for a run. “That’s when I saw all the breaking news,” the Celtics assistant coach said. On that April Monday last year, Young stepped off the treadmill at the Celtics’ practice facility in Waltham and hurried to check in with his colleagues. Young was concerned, because he knew that Doc Rivers, then the Celtics coach, and forward Jeff Green were both living in downtown Boston. Boston Globe

January 11, 2014 Updates

The Clippers also brought in forward Hedo Turkoglu for a meeting and a workout Thursday. They liked what they saw but don't plan on signing him anytime soon. The Clippers would have to cut a player to make room for any new additions. "He made shots from everywhere," Rivers said of Turkoglu. "He looked good. It was a good workout, but we're not doing anything anytime soon, but he did look good." ESPN.com

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