HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors

January 1, 2014 Updates

A day after a blowout loss to the visiting Phoenix Suns, some Los Angeles Clippers players said the team was still adjusting to being the hunted rather than hunters this season. Coach Doc Rivers believes any team that hasn't won a championship and thinks it's hunted is "delusional." "There's only one hunted team -- Miami," Rivers said. "That's it. I mean, c'mon. If we think we're the hunted, they have no idea what the hunted is. I've been on a hunted team before and that's the year after you win a title. That team is hunted. All the other teams are delusional if they think they are." ESPN.com

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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was still searching for a reason why Matt Barnes was ejected with 56 seconds left in the third quarter of a 120-116 OT win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. As Kevin Love drove to the basket, Barnes came over the top of him and fouled him hard, although replays showed his arms reaching for the basketball. After officials reviewed it, they upgraded his foul from a flagrant 1 to a flagrant 2 and ejected him. "They wouldn't give me an explanation," Rivers said. "First of all, it wasn't a flagrant 2. I didn't think it was a flagrant 1. He got mostly ball and he swung at it. My only problem with the way that was done, Blake's should have been looked at." ESPN.com

December 19, 2013 Updates

Allen Iverson would have loved playing for this team. The Clippers canceled another practice Thursday, which has become a routine occurrence under Rivers. The team also did not practice Tuesday and is scheduled to take Sunday off as well. "I think Doc thinks we're all like 40 years old, which is fine with me," Jordan said Wednesday night. "He's big on rest, but when we do practice — not saying we never practice — we definitely go hard." Los Angeles Times

December 13, 2013 Updates

Rivers is among the most respected coaches in the NBA and if Jackson or anybody else can’t play for him, then there likely isn’t a place left in the league. “I think Doc is a guy you will run through a wall for,” said guard Jamal Crawford, one of the great producers of instant offense in the NBA. “Doc is laying a good foundation and we will get it.” HoopsHype

According to Rivers, Paul has done things better than he even thought he would. “He is a better passer than I thought, a way better shooter than I thought,” Rivers said. “I knew he was tough, but he’s tough.” How tough? “As tough as they come,” River said. “It is really nice to have him and it makes me smarter, that is for sure.” Paul says there has been one thing missing during this first part of the season. “When you get to be a good team is when you get consistent,” Paul said. “It is all about consistency.” HoopsHype

December 12, 2013 Updates

DeAndre Jordan walked onto the court, looked over to the well-covered Rivers and said, “Oh, we waitin’ on Barack.” Jordan explained later that Jamal Crawford hung the nickname on him in preseason. “Doc gave us a long talk before training camp,” DeAndre recalled, “and Jamal said, ‘The only man who can give a speech like that is in the White House.’ It was Barack after that.” Boston Herald

Doc Rivers returned to the Garden as head coach of the Clippers for the first time Wednesday night. The Clippers beat the Celtics, 96-88. And it was a love-fest. Doc-apalooza. Boos? It was hard to hear any anger during the resounding ovation Rivers received from the crowd when he first appeared on the parquet floor about two minutes before the conclusion of warm-ups. You would have thought Larry Bird just walked on the court. It was the same when Doc was formally introduced as “head coach of the Clippers” after the unveiling of Los Angeles’s starting lineup. Boston Globe

Doc Rivers held back tears as he addressed the media after facing the Celtics for the first time. “I’m still emotional. I though the fans were [pause] — it was just a really nice day. It’s just such a classy place here. So, it was really nice when I walked out — and I’m not used to walking out on that side — and all those people lined up. I was basically useless for the first 18 minutes of the game, I thought. “It was just nice. It didn’t surprise me, because that’s just the way they are. You’ve got to live here to understand it. It’s an amazing fan base. It really is. And I just want everything to go well for them. “That was hard. That was hard. Every time they were taking the ball out, one of their guys — Jeff [Green] and everyone — was talking to you, and you’re trying to keep focus. It’s funny. I told my coaches I needed halftime far more than the players, and I think they sensed that. You could see at halftime CP [Chris Paul] was like, ‘We got it. We got it.’ He kept saying that. So, I think they sensed that a little bit from me, and that was nice. WEEI.com

December 11, 2013 Updates

So will Doc be disappointed if the boo-birds show up? “Of course, but I would be surprised by it. I’m sure some will, but I was booed at times as a coach,” said Doc. “That’s fine, but I don’t anticipate that. I’d be surprised by that, and if it happens it happens. I’d be disappointed by it, of course, but I’m a human being.” CBS Local

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