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Every player in that fraternity will be watching Westbrook this season. Players marveled at the triple-double numbers Westbrook put up in Durant’s absence to close the ’14-15 season, but the spectacle rubbed some of them the wrong way. “He’s putting up insane numbers,” Clippers guard J.J. Redick told me on a podcast that spring, “but after we played them, it was like, ‘OK, a different MVP for me.’ It’s kind of crazy how many possessions he uses.” Everyone admires Westbrook’s snarling anger and balls-to-the-wall competitiveness. They want that fire in their teammates. They also want the ball.
Pierce, who plans to retire at the end of the season, said he didn’t think he would have a “farewell tour” around the league this season. He did say, with a laugh, he would accept going-away gifts from any team that wants to offer.
As people around the Clippers have hoped over the past three seasons, Griffin seems ready to take his game beyond the 3-point line. Now, it’s on him to take the shots when they present themselves. “I want to be someone who shoots from there confidently, for sure,” Griffin said after Thursday’s practice at UC Irvine’s Bren Events Center. “A lot of us power forwards, our strength is inside or our versatility. You look at the best power forwards, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus (Aldridge), Draymond (Green) … they can all shoot but they can all put the ball on the floor and they can all score inside. I don’t necessarily think falling in love with the 3-point shot is a good idea, but shooting it confidently from there is great.”
Jovan Buha: Doc Rivers on Kevin Garnett’s presence at Clippers training camp: “KG was phenomenal today. This morning, before practice, he had a teaching clinic that you would pay a lot of money to see. It was great. It was great for Blake [Griffin] and [DeAndre Jordan] and the young guys as well. It’s great to have him around. He’s a great teacher. We know him as a great player. I knew him as a great teacher. He’ll be really good for us.”
Jovan Buha: Doc Rivers said he doesn’t foresee KG accepting a coaching job this season: “I don’t think he wants to coach. He’s not that crazy. Who would ever want to do that? … There’s no way that’s going to happen. I think he has a teaching future. This [situation] is as organic as it could be. I just told him to come around and figure it out. Do whatever you want. Whatever he does, I’m good with, because I do think he can have a very positive impact on us.”
Jovan Buha: Paul Pierce believes anyone — even established stars like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan — can learn from Kevin Garnett: “Anybody can pick up something from an all-time great. He is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. So, whenever you’ve got somebody that can come in and share some valuable experience, it’s a plus. Unless you’re already sitting on the sidelines with five championships and 15 All-Star [appearances], and stuff like that, you probably don’t want to hear nothing. But, when you have a guy like Kevin who was the greatest at his position, when he talks, you want to listen.”