With the Boston Celtics trading for Kyrie Irving, the LA Clippers’ Doc Rivers chimed in on their rebuild and deemed it possibly the best “ever”.
Once a Celtic, always a Celtic. The LA Clippers’ Doc Rivers was recently asked about the rebuild that the Boston Celtics have undergone since he was trade to the LA Clippers. Doc was very enthusiastic about it, calling it possibly the best “ever”. Rivers told the Boston Herald:
"I love what they’ve done. I think the turnaround in four years starting with hiring Brad and then going from … (Ainge) and (assistant general manager) Mike Zarren have done the best job I’ve seen in sports in a long, long time of rebuilding. Maybe ever."
Since his exit from the Celtics, the team has risen back to the top of the conference, finishing first place last season. Now, the team has four new starters and look to be ready to not only try and win the East this year, but for years to come.
Meanwhile, since Doc Rivers arrived in Los Angeles, he has had both hits and misses. Doc was given the power to oversee personnel with the arrival of owner Steve Ballmer, but many of his signings failed to hit the mark. Rivers was often crippled by the cap situation, but he did himself no favors by giving contracts out almost haphazardly.
This offseason, the team finally saw one of it’s star players leave. The team did manage to get back some pieces for Chris Paul, so the LA Clippers never were in full rebuild mode. Now, Rivers is back to being just the head coach, a role in which he won a title in with the Boston Celtics. Should the team under perform this year, Rivers may start to feel the pressure. It will definitely be an interesting season for the team, but hopefully Rivers is focused on the Clippers and not what is happening on the east coast.