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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  58 responses

Doc Rivers Started Planning the Clippers’ Championship Parade


LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has big dreams for his new team. Doc is looking way past the lowly Lakers (who scored a shocking victory last night), and already envisioning the first NBA title in Clippers franchise history. No, this is not a joke … we think. Per NBA.com: “The information gathering began, Doc Rivers said, four days after he was hired as coach and head of basketball operations for the Clippers. He wanted to learn more about parades. Championship parades. Championship parades for the Clippers. [...] ‘I’ve researched enough to know what we can do,’ he said. [...] The only real value of the (Lakers vs. Clippers) matchup was in the convenient scheduling of immediately providing the contrast of organization success the Clippers hope to emulate, as in when Rivers was asked about trying to develop a winning culture as opposed to the history he walked into with the Celtics. ‘There’s none,’ Rivers said, prompting snickering from the media. ‘You can say it. It’s OK. It doesn’t hurt us. It’s the truth. And we decided not to run from the truth really. You’re right. I came from, as someone said earlier, from decorated to undecorated, and that’s what we want to forge ahead, is to have some decorations. It’s different. You don’t have the Bill Russells to call and talk to the team. You don’t have that history. We have to forge our own. That makes it more difficult obviously, but if you can succeed, I think the feeling of success will be greater.’ Now all the Clippers have to do is build their positive tradition. ‘That’s from Day 1,’ Rivers said. ‘It’s a long haul. Listen, we do have to do it first. That’s how you do it honestly. We just have to keep building and getting. We have to stay focused on that boring process that everyone talks about. That’s what you have to do. There’s no shortcuts and there’s no guarantees. That’s the neat part to me. When you want something that’s great, there’s no guarantees. You open your heart up to your team, your team opens up to you, and you take the risk of getting your heart broken. I’ve had mine broken many times, and it’s damn worth it. It absolutely is worth it.’”

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  • Dfrance

    He can always call in Keith Closs to talk to the team.

    I don’t like this Doc Rivers. Seems like he’s taken on a new, douchebaggy demeanor since he took over in Clipperland.

  • Dagger

    Gotta fit in with the city, I guess.

  • pposse

    sorry but im convinced that a team starting both jj reddick and jared dudley will not win a championship at all ever.

  • Allan

    This makes them losing to the Lakers that much sweeter

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, the HBO series, “Hello Ladies”, was modeled after Doc’s experience in L.A. The douchebag who can’t get out of his own way. “Hello Clippers.”

  • Evan Boland

    Agreed

  • Cortez Mack

    Nah, he is the same douchbag he has always been.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    And this is why I really hate the Clippers. Overly confident and arrogant for no reason.

  • jessedogg

    They are okay pieces when you consider the bench 3 and 4. Collectively the 4 of them can make it work. I think they are one big away..

  • Ugh

    This is why Doc’s players will run through walls for him.

  • anon

    Read the article folks – he’s actually being humble here. He admits the Clips had a losing culture, he’s owning it and is just trying to change that. If you don’t believe that you can be a champion, then how the hell can you actually become one? He’s just doing what he did when Ray Allen and KG joined the Celtics — they all took a ride down the championship parade route together as soon as they joined up. This is a way to visualize your goals. Phil Jax would probably do the same thing.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    But it looks much different when you do that with an organization who has a history of winning titles compared to a team who seems overly confident with no title experience whatsoever. I get what you’re saying but I think there’s a much more tactful way to motivate your guys. If anything Phil would give them books and make them do yoga instead.

  • anon

    I get what you’re saying, but I don’t think it’s being “overly confident” as it is in setting goals. I mean, they didn’t bring Doc in so he could say “hey, our goal is getting to the 2nd round this year. It’s all about baby steps”. They brought him in to lead the team to the chip. He’s setting the bar high and showing the players that this is what a winning culture looks like — you play for championships every year, no excuses.

  • bike

    Before he tries this visualize a championship parade stunt, he should try to get Blake to envision what it’s actually like to see a basketball drop through the rim after shooting a FT.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Fair enough. Part of my opinion is probably blurred with bias since I’m from LA and have seen the evolution of the Clippers and I just really don’t like any of the players they have lol

  • anon

    LOL, yo, I feel you — I hate the Clips too. Floppin’ Blake and CP ain’t exactly my favorite players.

  • Dev

    True and did Griffin look extra small last night or is it just me?

  • pposse

    yeah man Blake is kind of soft..and CP i feel like is doing a disservice by constantly throwing lobs up to DeAndre and Blake. Its nice, it looks nice but it just reinforces ‘Lob City’ when all this off season talk was about how it was dead. Its reasonable to expect those lobs to not be there during the playoffs..he should make a conscious effort to not throw any lobs in a couple games so these guys find other ways to get open.

  • pposse

    its moreso Dudley than JJ Reddick. Dudley is an undersized SF whose defense is suspect at best and really only brings potential spot up 3 pt shooting to the table. He should come off the bench imo.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Especially those two lol

  • LP @ThisisEther

    So CP3 should not make the correct pass that will score the most efficient basket? If the lob is there, throw it. It’s not being flashy, it’s the proper basketball play to make.

  • pposse

    i get that but those same plays aren’t there in the playoffs and the team shows its colors by relying on those plays to win games in the playoffs.

  • @iamMrjump

    DOC + RIVERS = OVERRATED ! He couldn’t develop the young talent here in #AGE (ALL GREEN EVERYTHING)… WON with 3 of top 25 scores ever http://espn.go.com/nba/history/leaders

    #15 Kevin Garnett 25,274 points

    #20 Paul Pierce 24,021 points

    #21 Ray Allen 23,815

    During the height of the #AGE era recently we won because of COACH thibbs now in Chi-town… Yeah DOC is overrated

  • LakeShow

    Really even CP? What about him? I thought about hating him when he got all pissy at Pau for pattin him on the head, but then ended up just appreciating the tenacity.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I’ve never been a fan of his even when he was at Wake Forest (Duke fan lol). He just reminds me of that little fiesty bastard who when he doesn’t get his way tends to cheap shot people. I can’t respect a man who sack taps someone out of frustration lol

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Say it ain’t so, T-Ray! A Laker AND a Duke fan?!

  • RayJr

    Lob City is all they are and all they ever will be.

  • LakeShow

    I see, I see…

    Woulda been weird for him on the Lakers for you then huh?

    You like Stern nixing that trade?

  • shockexchange

    Blake looked tiny next to Gasol, which explains why he has problems posting up against legitimate big men in the playoffs.

  • robb

    the Clippers are a joke. Covering championship banners won’t change the fact they’ll always play second fiddle
    Lakers = Coke
    Clippers RC Cola

  • Calipari

    Lakers=Coke
    Clippers=TAB

  • shockexchange

    Robb you and the Shock Exchange finally agree on something. Covering those banners sent the wrong message. If Doc and the Clippers want to change things, go win some chips, catch some rabbits, et. al. and they can hang their own banners.

  • Drig

    Come to think of it……..I’m glad in a way that I don’t have to defend CP3′s flopping. That stuff is worse than what Fish used to pull off at times…..

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Haha yea Laker fan since I could walk. I’m more of a Louisville fan because my dad’s from there but Duke was always my favorite growing up.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Yea it would’ve been. I mean I’d still love to have his talents on the team I just hate his attitude that’s all. In hindsight I’m not glad he did but it’s not like the Lakers have been bottom feeders after not acquiring him so I’m cool with it.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Hey don’t knock RC back in high school that’s all we had lol but on a serious tip I just hate their cockiness. I understand wanting to build a winning mentality but covering up someone else’s hard earn accelades is just petty to me.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Man, I’ve hated Duke for as long as I can remember. They’ve beaten some of my favorite college basketball teams of all time: Zo’s Hoyas squad, LJ’s Runnin Rebels, and CWebb’s Fab 5. SMH.

  • CP3

    Would of been nice to have Caron Butler

  • ballislife

    At first I thought the Clippers surge was good for LA. Now its getting old its been like three years and have yet to leave the first round. Then all this hype and lose to the Lakers. Doc covering the banners and planning for a parade. As well as telling the team that there too good. Its getting to be nothing but hype and missed free throws. Win something first then brag that is all.

  • Harvey

    LOL… That can be Doc’s new nickname: “Hello Clippers.” Another addition to your collection. Just a thought…

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    All the teams I disliked lol it’s amazing we haven’t argued a lot on this website. That might have to change…haha jk

  • shockexchange

    Cool. Planning a parade when the team hasn’t won a game yet – that’s exactly what that douchebag Stuart from “Hello Ladies” would do.

  • ballislife

    I like that point of Thibbs being a key factor during championship run. It is more interesting because since Thibbs has left the defense and the celtics were never the same. As well as the culture in boston at the time was defense before anything was in fact due to Thibbss and not doc.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    wow. I’m agreeing with you? wtf???

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Always hated Coke.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    How does et al fit there? Also, it doesn’t send the wrong message. At home games they have every right to do that. You know why I’m a Clipps fan? because every idiot that I’ve ever met who knows jack about bball goes for the Lakers (plus the celebs) – and it seems every idiot who wants to blag a team just because they haven’t done what their cross town rivals have just jumps on the ‘hate the Clipps’ bandwagon. How easy is it to go for a team with everything from lineage to pedigree to botox? me; I’ll take the path less trodden.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    thank you

  • Interdico Scriptor

    You love dropping the feminine analogies. Methinks Shocks a Sex&thecity kinda guy

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Dude, Prof Griff is my fav player in the L. Cp is my fav point (maybe Rondo is there too), love JCrawford, DJ, always loved Reddick from the Duke days. They kick ass. I hate everyone on the Lakers (ruined Nash)

  • Interdico Scriptor

    as if. Fish is the king flopper

  • Interdico Scriptor

    ahaha ahah aha ah a a …

  • shockexchange

    Actually, “Hello Ladies” is about a single guy and his dating woes.

  • Dev

    Thats a great point. The only way for those dudes to grow is to not dunk so much and really develop some offensive moves because they clearly have none

  • Busta213

    lol, it doesnt even matter if everyone outside of their unit thinks they are overconfident douches as long as Doc creates an atmosphere where they genuinely believe they can win. They havent handled the pressure of supposedly being LAs no.1 team over the last couple of years, so Doc might as well try to create new perspectives for them.

  • Dfrance

    Yeah I mean, its cool if it works for them. I’m just saying personally, my opinion of him has changed a little bit.

  • Busta213

    They won a division title last year, and Blake felt it would be embarrasing to hang it up in the rafters. Even when they did something well, they were overshadowed by “big brother’s” success….. and they arent even really family!

    I cant be mad at doc for deciding it was time to stop rubbing the Lakers success in the Clippers faces during home games.

  • jessedogg

    yeah well said. Barnes could be a good start still? Toughness and defense.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    click on over to the CP3/Blake lobs for your enjoyment!!!

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