HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors

February 9, 2015 Updates
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Coach Doc Rivers touched on a variety of subjects regarding his team, including the dismal free throw shooting of DeAndre Jordan, who missed his first nine free throw attempts against Brooklyn and has made just 74 of 188 free throws (39.4 percent). Rivers has allowed Jordan to play deep into fourth quarters, and coaches such as the Celtics’ Brad Stevens have employed “Hack-a-DeAndre.” Rivers said he has no concerns about the potential perils of having Jordan in a critical game in the waning minutes. Boston Globe

“I’m not concerned by that,” Rivers said. “I’ve seen Shaq [Shaquille O’Neal] win titles, Bill Russell win titles, Dennis Rodman win titles. So there’s a lot of guys that have missed free throws and won a lot of NBA titles, so that’s not a concern for me at all. What D.J. does for our team is far more valuable than those missed free throws. “I can’t remember the last time he didn’t [have energy for us]. He plays with great spirit and plays hard pretty much every night and he does everything right for us. I agree with Jeff Van Gundy, he should just go walk out on the All-Star Game and go play. Just start playing. Nobody’s going to tell him to get off [the court]. So I think he should just go do it.” Boston Globe

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The Clippers appeared uninterested until a frantic fourth-quarter comeback fell short, leaving them with a 108-103 loss at the Smoothie King Center that ended their winning streak in disheartening fashion. "We played awful," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "If we had won the game, it would have been an injustice." Los Angeles Times

"It had to be 1,000 to zero," Rivers said of the discrepancy in effort. "I mean, they got every loose ball. That just means they were more focused, they were more into the game, they were more activated, and our guys just thought if we showed up tonight that the game would take care of itself and it didn't so we lose the game." Los Angeles Times

January 26, 2015 Updates

The NBA All-Star starters were announced last week and only one Clippers player was voted in by the fans -- Blake Griffin. That means Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan were both passed over for that honor. Not to worry, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he's been making some phone calls to try to get the coaches to vote those guys in as reserves. When asked how those conversations go, Rivers smiled. "Well, there's some begging," he said. "I offer them food, drinks and all of that kind of stuff." Los Angeles Times

January 24, 2015 Updates

A Special Olympian got to meet the Clippers and receive a pair of signed Blake Griffin shoes prior to Saturday’s practice. Head coach Doc Rivers and the players enjoyed their time interacting with Special Olympian Tairek, in advance of the Special Olympics World Summer Games that’ll take place in Los Angeles beginning this July. “It’s just cool to see a smile on his face,” Griffin said. “It’s the same for our guys, anyone who walks over there and talks to him walks away feeling better. It’s really cool. It’s a neat thing.” NBA.com

“We need the excitement in this city, and we need people to come out,” Rivers said. “Kids from all over the world are coming. We’ve got to get our hands in this, I think everybody in L.A. This is a really neat thing for the city of L.A., to showcase the city of LA, but more importantly for these kids. “The neatest thing is the pure stuff you get from the kids. They tell you the truth. There’s no filter, and their joy is amazing. They want to win, but a lot of them want to finish. It says a lot. I’m deeply involved, and I think it’s awesome that it’s coming to LA.” NBA.com

January 22, 2015 Updates
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Doc Rivers will also look to build upon that new spirit and chemistry as the Clippers have two roster openings and may have a third depending on what they do with Jones' 10-day contract. Last season, Rivers was able to sign Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Danny Granger during the buyout seasons, and he expects to sign two veterans again next month. That was a big reason he made the moves that he did to free up the necessary room on a roster that was at the maximum 15 players earlier this month. ESPN.com

January 20, 2015 Updates

Clippers coach Doc Rivers admitted again that a prime reason he left the same job with the Celtics is that he simply wasn’t up for the process the club is undergoing now. “I was afraid of rebuilding,” Rivers said. “I’ve done it. I’ve been through it, and it’s hard. People think rebuilding is easy, and I don’t think they understand how hard it is on a coach. You’re losing games, and any coach that I know — and I know Brad well enough — every game you go into, you convince yourself you’re going to win that night. And you don’t, and then you’re down, and then you build yourself up for the next game, and then you don’t (win). It’s hard. It’s emotionally hard. Even though the big picture is rebuilding, coaches don’t coach to lose games; they coach to win games.” Boston Herald

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