Over at ESPNBoston, Jackie MacMullan reminisces with Doc Rivers about his glory days with the Celtics, watching the deteriorating Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from afar and the future of the Clippers.
His Clippers team is still learning how to play defense with consistency. He believes Blake Griffin will exhibit shooting range, but “it’s a work in progress.” His team is incomplete without two injured players, forward Matt Barnes and guard J.J. Redick. The coach said he and Ainge tried to acquire Redick “three or four times” while Rivers was with the Celtics.
“J.J. is so much better than I thought,” Rivers gushed. “I always liked him, but I didn’t realize how competitive he is, how hard he plays. I guess I should have.
“He drives opponents crazy. He’s John Havlicek. Well, he’s not John Havlicek, but by that I mean he never stops moving. It’s exhausting. We laugh as a coaching staff. He’s just running around the other side of the floor and you think there’s no purpose to it, but then you realize he’s doing it to make the other guy chase him. He wears guys out.”