Doc Rivers Rumors
David Thorpe: The Clippers enter the 2019-20 season with huge expectations. It’s fair to say that if Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are healthy once the playoffs start, the Clippers are real contenders. Lowering the risk of injury is as high a priority as any single goal they can set. Meanwhile, the Clippers’ lack of perimeter depth in their roster ranks almost as high–they are short on long, athletic wings off the bench. Their coach, Doc Rivers, can address both issues when he first talks to his team just before camp opens in late September. Imagine a team dinner, with all the staff and players, as Rivers starts to speak: “Men, I need you to write down on the calendar in front of you, in pencil, the most important dates of your year, through the middle of April. Your wife’s birthday, your anniversary, the day your children were born, significant dates for your parents, a due date for a baby perhaps. Whatever matters to you and your family. “
Andrew Greif: A person with knowledge of the situation said the Clippers and Ty Lue are still discussing adding Lue as an assistant. Nothing is final, but Lue’s addition to Doc Rivers’ staff is considered likely. @Marc Stein was first to report Lue being close to joining.
Marc Stein: The Clippers are closing in on the hiring of Tyronn Lue as a top assistant to Coach Doc Rivers, league sources say
Last week, he visited with Leonard and his family at Leonard’s house in northern San Diego County. “We talked basketball for two hours, three hours. I met some other people that he works with,” Rivers said. “We went over a lot of stuff, especially offensively. But I don’t know Kawhi yet. We’re learning each other. The two things that have stood out for so far — and he actually did it again when he was up on stage, where he talked about, ‘It’s not just us two, all 15 have to buy into their role’ — is his understanding of accepting roles.”
“I never felt like I could get that group [the Lob City group] to understand that this was their time, the urgency of it,” Rivers said. “When we beat Golden State [in the 2013-14 playoffs], that following year, Golden State decided this was their time. I don’t think we decided that. We just showed up and wanted to try to win. But that’s not enough.”
“It’s a different energy,” Rivers said. “[In 2013], I joined a group. And that group had — had some success and also some baggage. This group is new. This is our creation. I feel like that college coach, when you first get the job and you take all the recruits that are there and try to win with them. And then you get your recruits. That’s how I feel. This is our team. … And we feel really good about it.”