Doc Rivers encouraged Chris Paul to give the ball up, and the Clippers are flourishing as a result
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Apr 3, 2014
When Doc Rivers took over as Los Angeles Clippers coach in the summer of 2013, it was presumed by many that the Clippers were due to take a leap into the realm of championship contenders, not unlike the leap the Chicago Bulls made when they replaced former coach Vinny Del Negro with Tom Thibodeau, a former Rivers assistant, in 2010. One thing it was presumed that Rivers didn’t have to worry about was the play of Chris Paul, generally regarded as the NBA’s best floor leader. Rivers, who won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and led the team to a Finals appearance in 2010, is seen to be the sort of guy to put teams over the top.