haha. I mean the "Doc Rivers changes everything in L.A." hype has just jumped the shark for me, as of today, after listening to the Bowen/Gutierrez NBA podcast. Let me just straighten it out for you real quick: BOSTON had KG who is a powerfully charismatic leader and player and had a monster effect on the Celtics from day 1 onward. And oh yeah they also had Paul Pierce, a master basketball player, a genius on the court who is very understated but nevertheless an extremely influential player.
Doc Rivers had quite a few very mediocre unremarkable seasons prior to winning a title... yes they did get to championship level one time eventually when they formed their dream team and were in the hunt for a couple other years and maybe we could say that Doc learned a little somethin' from KG along the way while he was at it. But c'mon. C'mon. JUST COME-ON. Stop.
Don't sit here and tell me that Doc Rivers is the best coach in the NBA and that his presence is going to completely GALVANIZE the Clippers and turn them into a completely different team. There is just no reason to actually think that. And once we get into the long grind of another NBA season, another DOC RIVERS NBA season, then that is just going to be perfectly obvious.
Face it, Rivers got the MOST credit for his last couple of Boston seasons, when it felt like his teams exceeded expectations and showed some mettle and toughness down the stretch and in the playoffs. But those teams STILL had like 3 or 4 hall of famers (KG, Pierce, Allen, Rondo) and a lot of prognostication that affected our expectations was just wrong. Rivers should get good credit for leading those teams in 2011 through 2013, those were well coached teams. But again, they had those great players AND Rivers was playing the role of coach with a long established role and with a thoroughly professional veteran team with championship experience.
The Clipper scenario is completely different, and it is a wide open question as to whether Rivers is going to be any good at all in this new scenario.