HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan have a good relationship and that both players, along with Blake Griffin, understand they need each other to ultimately win a championship and want to win one together. "I can put this to rest: They get along great," Rivers told Fred Roggin of The Beast 980 on Thursday. "Clearly, like everybody, they don't get along all the time, and they don't get along with me all the time, either, by the way. I don't see that as an issue. I think all three, and I'm including Blake in this as well, understand how important the other guy is to them. Meaning, they all three need each other to win, and I think all three get that and all three know that and all three want to do it together. To me, that's the most important thing." ESPN.com
Rivers noted that both Griffin and Jordan are 26 and entering the prime of their careers and that Michael Jordan and LeBron James didn't win their first titles until they were 27. "We're right on schedule," Rivers said. "We're on schedule. We would have liked to have been ahead a little bit, obviously. We thought we would have at least been in the West finals the way we were playing." ESPN.com
"That belief doesn't change at all," Rivers told Yahoo Sports. "I want to do it with them. I want them to do it together. When I took the job, that's one of the things I told them: We're going to win together, we're going to lose together. There will be no life raft. "It's hard with the contracts. I came here with a great collection of talent, but contractually it's now difficult to make a lot of changes. We aren't going to add any big pieces, but we've got to add the right pieces around those guys." Yahoo! Sports
"I want to fix it," Rivers told USA TODAY Sports. "I want to win. That's why I came here. I knew when I came here that roster-wise it was going to be very difficult. The first thing I did before I took this job, I looked at the roster and we laughed. I was like, 'What the (expletive) can we do with this?' It was more the contracts. But we have to try to do it somehow. I don't know how yet, but something will work out." USA Today Sports
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the reason his team isn't fouling Houston Rockets guard James Harden as much is because his players are pulling their arms and hands back when he drives the lane. Harden has a different viewpoint. "Do you think so?" Harden said after scoring 21 points in the Rockets' blowout 128-95 loss to the Clippers on Sunday. "I've got a couple of scratches on my arms to show you. But it is what it is." ESPN.com
“I heard them saying, ‘Well, they shot too many free throws.’ Well, quit hacking us,” McHale said. “We shoot a lot of free throws when you decide that you’re just going to get in the penalty and start hacking everybody. You end up (with your opponent) shooting a lot of free throws when you put in your backup, backup center (Ekpe Udoh) to just grab guys. “James (Harden) goes downhill and plays hard. There’s a lot of contact when James plays. I can show you every game, five where he clearly gets grabbed and they don’t call. But I mean, James runs downt he floor. The referees are not trying to screw anybody. It’s a hard game to referee. I’m the worst referee in practices you’ve ever seen. I never blow my whistle. It’s a tough game to call. I don’t put too much into all that.” Houston Chronicle
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