ClipperBlog’s own Fred Katz had an opportunity to speak with Doc Rivers recently, which unveiled some of the coach’s thoughts on a team which has not got out to the torrid start that many expected from them.
On roles with the team:
This year, with new-to-the-mix personalities like Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson facing the aforementioned minutes crunch, Rivers has to work the balancing act of playing time to satisfaction. For the Clippers’ coach, that means buy-in from the players, too.
“Roles don’t mean s— unless they accept them,” Rivers told FOX Sports, before clarifying that role definition is actually “the most important thing you can have in sports.”
“Once everybody gets their role, accepts their role, then I think you’re good,” he continued.
On learning a new defensive scheme:
“What we discounted was, it’s hard enough with nine new guys, but when you put in a whole new defense, it’s 15 new guys,” said Rivers. “In my mind, I couldn’t understand why our guys who were here couldn’t pick it up. It was frustrating the hell out of me, and then I finally realized it’s new to them, too. So, once I think I relaxed on it a little bit, I think our team did.”
On keeping offensive players in the game in hack situations:
“[Offense] does matter, because what happens a lot, it happened today. They fouled late, and we got a shot,” Rivers said after Saturday’s win in Brooklyn. “Also, on missed free throws, DJ missed in the Milwaukee game, we had a shooter on the floor, kicked it out and got a three. We know that [rebound opportunities] are coming. So, you’ve got to keep your offensive group out there.”
The full article can be found here.