Friday, August 23, 2013
Rivers ready to meet expectations
By Nick Borges
The Los Angeles Clippers were knocked out of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs and as a result head coach Vinny Del Negro as not offered a new contract and Doc Rivers was brought in. Rivers is being paid a lot of money and he realizes the team must improve on last season.
"The expectations are great. I don't want us to shrink from that at all. I don't want us to run from that," Rivers tells the Los Angeles Times. "But what we've got to get our guys to understand is expectations are one thing. Realization is a whole different thing, and just because you're expected to do anything doesn't mean you've arrived. We have not arrived. We didn't win a playoff series last year. So we have a lot of work to do as a group."
One of the things Rivers needs to figure out is how he can put his big-men in a position to succeed.
"We have to have a big lineup that you can function with, with DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, and we also have to have a small lineup as well that is a very functional team. And I think that's an area where we really have to improve in," Rivers said.
A panel of ESPN experts gives the Clippers the second best chance to win the West.