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How Big of a Difference Will Doc Rivers Make With Clippers?

By September 4, 2013

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Doc RiversAlthough the Los Angeles Clippers will be returning a roster with mostly familiar faces, it feels like they have had a very successful offseason. Their biggest moves included the re-signing of Chris Paul to a new five-year deal worth $107.3 million and acquiring future hall of fame coach Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics.

The question on everyone's mind is: how big of a difference will Rivers actually make?

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Personally, I think Rivers will make about as big of difference as any coach could make. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a magic wand that he can wave and instantly make the Clippers NBA champions. However, he will make sure they are fully prepared for every single game.

A lot of people will be paying close attention to Rivers' relationship with Blake Griffin. Nobody has ever questioned Griffin's talent on the hardwood, but he has earned a reputation for being "soft." In other words, opposing teams look to foul him hard because they know it gets in his head and affects his play.

Rivers coached two of the toughest NBA players in recent memories in Boston with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. It's believed that he'll be able to instill that same type of mentality into Griffin. If he does, Griffin could transform into one of the NBA's most feared players.

I predict Rivers will lead the Clippers into the playoffs and past the first round. I don't see them winning the championship, or even playing in the NBA Finals, but I do believe they have a great shot at reaching the Western Conference Semifinals.

How big of a difference do you think Doc Rivers is going to make with the Los Angeles Clippers?

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