When the Los Angeles Clippers brought in Doc Rivers as their new head coach this offseason, they set themselves up for a run at an NBA title. Entering the 2013-14 season, they now have a championship coach, an incredibly deep roster and two franchise cornerstones in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
This team is on the rise and it’s safe to say they’ll compete at this point in the process.
But while the Clips are bound to be in contention, they still have to get through the top teams in the West. The conference is strong across the top nine or 10 seeds and there’s always room to improve when the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder are running the show.
The good news for the organization is that it has a coach who will not only command respect, but earn it as well. Rivers brings with him a history of success, which helps justify whatever madness there is to his methods.
That’s something Vinny Del Negro never had, and now it’s Rivers’ job to convert a group of talented players into perennial contenders.