|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 28, 2013 at 11:40 PM|
Well it's time, Doc's era will begin Tuesday night when the Clippers take on the Lakers in LA. Doc's big hurtle as Clippers coach is to build a winning culture, and that's a hard thing to do when you share the city with the second best franchise in NBA history, although Doc called them the greatest not so long ago. I'm not a Doc fan, or will I cheer for the Clippers. But I am over his departure.
"The Lakers have been pretty dominant," the Clippers coach said. "We've won as of late. It's going to take us a lot more to call it a rivalry, honestly. We have to do a lot more stuff and then we can call it a rivalry. I don't think we've done enough yet."
Rivers drew the ire of Lakers fans before Tuesday's regular-season opener by deciding to cover the Lakers' championship banners and retired jerseys during Clippers' home games. Rivers said it wasn't meant to disrespect the Lakers. If anything, the respect he has for the Lakers is a reason he doesn't believe the Clippers and Lakers are rivals yet.
"[We have to] have won a lot in the playoffs," Rivers said. "They can say that. We can't. It's tough for me. I got to give them that respect. That's the respect we have to earn. They've already earned that through history. We haven't. That's something we have to earn."
Chris Paul came to the Clippers three years ago after NBA commissioner David Stern blocked an earlier move to the Lakers citing "basketball reasons." The move was viewed by some as the beginning of the Lakers-Clippers rivalry, but not for Paul.
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