Over at CBSSports.com, Ken Berger caught up with the Clippers as they finished up their recent three-game road trip. It’s an interesting peek at what “culture change” entails outside of improving talent and win totals.
It also reinforces the growing sentiment around the league that being able to connect with players is chief in importance.
With Rivers, you don’t have to wonder what “it” is. Even for the Clippers, a franchise that has been to the playoffs six times in 29 years since moving to Los Angeles in 1984 — and has advanced beyond the first round only twice — “it” is a championship. From his very first team meeting in a San Diego hotel on the eve of training camp, Rivers made that abundantly clear.
“I’ll never forget it,” Jamal Crawford said. “The first meeting I told everybody, ‘The only person who could’ve had a better speech than that is in Washington in the White House.’ He’s unbelievable. He had our antennas up. Every single player was sitting on the edge of his seat looking at him, hanging on every word he said.”