Here is footage from today’s Doc Rivers press conference at the Clippers’ training facility in Playa Vista:
Thanks Jovan for putting these videos up!
So DeAndre for LeMarcus Alderage is a new rumor?
No way. You think Olshey would do that? That’d be awesome if he did. We’d make out like bandits.
nobody knew at the time, but Olshey is a spy from the Clippers
Well LeMarcus doesn’t want to stay in Portland. If he’s gonna have a bad attitude and bring the rest of the team down, they have to trade him.
Certainly hope that this increases the odds that Jason Collin joins the Clippers. Solid backup and can help teach DJ the art of 1 on 1 post defense.
Not a joke. Totally serious. Collins would be a great addition to t his team. He’s played for Doc before and his one plus skill is post defense. This team needs that.
thx for the videos
I feel – or I really am right now – like a spammer but I really think that this should happen. After watching Doc Rivers press conference and mainly the interview he did for FOX (http://www.foxsportswest.com/stream) I had this insight so I’m editing it with things I already wrote before:
Keep DJ and hire KG as big men developer coach
As someone that have been following KG, which includes his time with the Celtics, I know that KG have been saying for sometime when they ask him about retirement – which was big before he inked the 3 year extension – and he said several times that as long as the Celtics is still a contender, he would strongly consider keep playing. More than that, he also said that he wanted to retire a Celtic and that was very unlikely that he would be playing anywhere else, he couldn’t envision that at the time he said that – but now we know that he was willing to waive his non-trade clause to go with Rivers to the Clips.
KG became – unofficialy – the Big Man Player Development coach for Boston ever since he landed there, every year there were talks with the rookies and they always mentioned about KG been their tutor, Doc also talked about that a lot. Perkins became the defensive Center because of KG, big Baby Davis grew a lot, Brandon Bass and Green became very good defenders as well. Put all that experience available to Griffin – and DJ – and he will suck all of that like a sponge and Griffin’s work ethic will be big for KG keep working with him.
So, Celtics are no longer a contender, Doc left Boston and came to the Clippers, Pierce will be either traded or bought out, KG was willing to come to the Clippers before Stern stepped in, so yeah, I guess KG will retire. He lives in LA, he is very fond of Doc Rivers, if Pierce is bought out there is a very high chance that he comes to the Clippers so why not ask to KG if he can be part of the coach staff as the big man coach?
That totally makes sense, it brings all the intangibles that comes with KG, his experience, his knowledge of the game, his intensity, the whole package – which for me what the big thing about the trade – and without having to worry about the NBA approval nor if KG is too old to play. He will still be KG, his presence will be felt in the locker room and even on the court.
Neither Pierce or Allen were well-kwnon for their D, but in the Big 3 era, they became above average defenders. KG changed how things were done, his intensity changed others around him, the way the implies his teamwork concept affects all of them, his unselfishness, his lockeroom presence. KG was the top dog in Minnesota and he had to share the spotlight with other two future HOF and KG showed no problem at all, the way he handled that served as an exemple for his teammates. His locked in mode when it comes to the game time is something well documented and I’m pretty sure that both Griffin and CP3 can relate to that. CP3 and KG will create that killer intensity ressonance but they are different. CP3 is a lot in your face/ear type of a leader, KG’s unselfishness and his teammate’s ethic brings balance to that. I know KG won’t be on the floor, playing, but there was a reason why KG attended games when he was injured and I think that Scalabrine’s interview with Bill Simmons says it all.
“He’s the most hated opponent in the NBA, but probably the most
beloved teammate in the NBA,” “When you look at a guy who’s all about
winning and he does everything it takes to win, you just raise the
level. It’s the same reason why Garnett could not play in 2009 during
the regular season, and the Celtics can still win 60 games, 61 games*.
Take Garnett off that team from the beginning and they win 47 games. Put
Garnett on that team, even if he doesn’t play, they win 60-something
games. He changes the entire culture of the organization.”
*actually 62, and Garnett missed 25 regular season games that year and
some of the games he played was after a come back and then they decided
for surgery, so count as even less than 25
Garnett can be that tutor that Griffin – and DJ – never had, a guy that knows his craft and one that had defense in his blood since the beginning. Defense is not just about one-on-one situations, it’s about reading the screens, reading the oponents, it’s about help defense and that’s the part that KG can teach Blake. Griffin has a well known, one of the best work ethic in the league, he works the hardest and that’s just the type of player KG likes to take under his wings and he will help in both offense and defense. KG learned a lot from McHale when he was in Minnesota and he can do the same and help Blake and DJ polish their games.
After listening to Doc and what he envisions for DJ, I’m all in for that. I know we all lost faith in DJ in the past couple of years but we also know how VDN could had a part in it – just like in Bledsoe’s case. I was not willing to give him another chance, but now I changed my mind, I really think Doc can do it and also that there is a big chance that both DJ and Blake will have a break out year and having KG will only increase the chances of that happening.
For me this becomes a big WIN/WIN situation, Clippers won’t be getting KG no matter what, Stern and the League made that clear so why not try to take advantage of that? I’m pretty sure that if Doc asks, KG will be willing to do it.
And then, after the buy out, Pierce can also be a Clipper, the three of them will be reunited as they wanted. How about that?
This piece of interview just make this even more compelling if KG decides to retire. Doc basically lists KG’s intangibles, what a lot of people don’t understand and overlook, only focusing on him as a player, which diminishes his greatness.
And good to know that Doc really wanted both Bledsoe and DJ in Clippers’ roster, hopefully he will keep them – he bought me with what I find to be him honestly wanting them both – and raise DJ to the level he envisions him to be, a great defender and rim protector.
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