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Doc Rivers thinks DeAndre Jordan is a ‘Big 3′ caliber player

Chuck - Red's Army October 3, 2013 Around the NBA, Doc Rivers 21 Comments

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Doc Rivers won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in large part because of the Celtics’ Big Three of Kevin GarnettPaul Pierce and Ray Allen. Rivers believes he now has a “big three” with the Los Angeles Clippers.

“I’m always focused on our big three guys, Blake [Griffin], DJ [DeAndre Jordan] and Chris [Paul],” Rivers said. “Their leadership is important to our team. I’m always watching them. I think those are the guys that I have more focus on than anybody else.”

“That’s our big three, I like our big three,” Rivers said. “I like what DeAndre gives us. He gives us something a lot of the guys in the league can’t do. He can block shots, he can run the floor, he can defend, he’s talking and he’s in the best shape of his career. He’s doing a lot of great things for us.”

Rivers said he expects Jordan to be in the running for defensive player of the year this season and has spent the first two days of the Clippers’ training camp in San Diego focusing on defense. Rivers expects the Clippers to be one of the best defensive teams in the league this season.

“They should be better than any team I’ve ever coached, I really believe that,” Rivers said. “They’re more athletic. They don’t have the veteran IQ but they should be in that area. We have a couple of individual defenders that can be dominating on defense. We have great speed but we don’t have the size in some ways as some of the teams I’ve coached.”

ESPN (via WEEI)

Oh Doc, you’re a funny guy. DeAndre Jordan a Big 3 caliber player. That’s the funniest joke I’ve heard in a while.

Here’s the unwritten rule on Big 3s: It should only be used when describing HOF caliber players. Chris Bosh isn’t even Big 3 worthy.

As for Benedict Doc’s comment about the Clippers being better than any team he’s ever coached – including the 2008 champion Boston Celtics – I can live with it. It’s a motivational tactic.

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  • Curt Hays

    Whatever. That guy. Just whatever. He’s hinting that they’ll be a more effective defense. He doesn’t have KG, Tony Allen, Rondo, or even Thibodeau. I like Ray Allen infinitely more than Glen Rivers.

  • rob

    doc is showing his ass recently. he must not have that many tricks up his sleeve if this is the only kind of generic crap he can throw out there- rehashing the past… bottom line is he will never have a KG type leader again and that makes his job WAY harder than he cares to acknowledge, so he spits this BS trying to make DJ his KG. laughable. 1st round playoff exit again.

    • Curt Hays

      FINALLY someone agrees with me!

  • Tommy_Heinsohn

    At the end of it all, who do you guys think will leave a greater legacy in Boston, Doc or BS?

  • omitasub

    Delusional Doc, at its finest.
    Hahahahaha.

  • bill_nair

    Boston may end up being his only championship and hes gonna burn bridges with the city before he retires. good going Glen. I understand why he’s saying what he’s saying, but you dont leave Boston and think all will be well later.

  • RedsLoveChild

    The 2008 Celtics were so damn loaded with talent…it was almost embarrassing!

    Look at this bench! : Posey…Powe…House…T. Allen…Baby…PJ Brown

    Doc…you should have been fired for the mere fact that this team lost 10 playoff games that year, on it`s way to banner 17!

  • Charlie Bucket

    Wow Doc, wow. I was going to root for the Clippers in the west but THAT’S out the window.

  • Paul Yee

    This reminds me a lot of when Doc called Jermaine O’neal the training camp MVP or when he called Darko ‘phenomenal’… just a public compliment/confidence booster.
    Chuck, you don’t think Bosh will end up in the HOF?

    • chuckmckenney

      Maybe I’m just hopeful. Are career averages of 19 ppg and 9 rpg enough? Nothing about his game screams HOFer.

      • Paul Yee

        I’m not a fan of is game either. and he’s definitely one of the weirdest guys playing. I think the all-star selections and gold medals push him over the edge though for HOF though.

  • KGino

    This team is not a legitimate contender for the NBA championship… All the hype will only lead to disappointment for Clips fans this season

  • forever_green

    I think its time to start hanging up on Doc like Pitino…big three, really?

  • Joey

    Jeff Green is a “Big 3″ caliber player

  • Jake Gruber

    Anyone read the article about Blake Griffin saying they were going to have “a lot of floor spacing with a ton of ball movement”? I’m not sure how you get a ton of floor spacing with DJ and Blake Griffin in your starting 5. Not to mention Chris Paul is no 3 point specialist. That’s like saying the celtics would have a lot of floor spacing with rondo and perk!

    • Dustin Chapman

      Chris Paul is a good shooter from everywhere on the floor and then you’ve got J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Jared Dudley, Antawn Jamison, Byron Mullens, Darren Collison, Reggie Bullock & Willie Green. If you don’t think they have spacing, you don’t know what spacing means.

      • Dustin Chapman

        And Matt Barnes

      • Jake Gruber

        Lol I appreciate you doubting my basketball knowledge while knowing nothing about me. I was referring to the starters though. And if teams are seriously worried about Matt Barnes and antawn Jamison burning you from three, they’re making the same kind of mistake as the teams that double Dwight Howard. Overreacting. Furthermore, Bullock will have a lot of trouble cracking this rotation (though I think he’s going to be very good). Collision isn’t a guy I’d worry much about (both he and Paul shoot in the lower-mid 30s from 3). So basically the valid guys you listed are Redick, Crawford, and Dudley, who are unlikely to be on the floor at the same time in most cases.

        • Dustin Chapman

          Yeah “only J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford & Jared Dudley.” All knock-down shooters. One of Redick & Crawford will be on the floor almost at all times. They’ll have shooters on each wing most of the time, and Mullens will complement DJ & Griffin well by pulling an opposing big out of the paint.

          • Jake Gruber

            Like, I get what you’re saying man. We both agree that the team consists of some very good shooters. That’s not the point I’m making. The point that I’m making is that if you were to have Paul, DJ, Griffin on the floor at the same time, you can’t have tremendous spacing. That is not to say that without having those guys on the floor, the clippers aren’t capable of having good floor spacing. That is not what my original point was. Yes, if you had a lineup of Crawford, Redick, Barnes, Mullens, Dudley , and whoever else you named, the floor would indeed be spaced.

  • Joanne Tran

    The shit Doc says … lmfao