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The Los Angeles Clippers‘ bygone Lob Metropolis period was equal elements breathtaking basketball and inane highschool drama.

Stories of battle between Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and the periphery characters dominated headlines for the higher a part of three years earlier than the Clippers reached their breaking level. They swatted these rumors at each flip, however pressure continued to hold over the franchise.

Rivers confirmed as a lot within the wake of Paul’s transfer to the Houston Rockets. There have been some disagreements within the locker room with he and Paul, however he attributed that to the realities of teaching.

“Our relationship was high quality,” Rivers advised Marc Spears of the Undefeated. “We had extra good days than dangerous. Chris’ numbers have been the perfect in his profession underneath me. However I nonetheless coached him. That’s what I do. I assumed Chris dealt with it fantastic.”

Rivers added that he and Paul did not all the time see eye-to-eye, however the rigidity did drive Paul to be a greater level guard.

“Did he love me daily? No. However that’s a part of my job as a coach. My job is to make you a greater participant and push you. A number of guys deal with it and a few don’t. I assumed that Chris dealt with it nicely.”

A current report advised that Paul and Rivers’ relationship deteriorated over Doc’s preferential remedy of his son Austin, however all three characters have unequivocally denied that rumor. Doc informed Spears that the report wasn’t true and wasn’t value discussing.

Rivers is hoping to maneuver ahead with a revamped Clippers staff that is not as reliant on one flooring basic, because it was beforehand with Paul.

“Dropping Chris is hard, as a result of he is a superb participant. However we now have a variety of nice gamers on our group that play so many various methods. That’s the reason ‘Gallo’ is so necessary to us as a result of our thought was that for those who’re not going to run some extent guard-dominated offense, you then received to run a motion offense with versatility. And I feel we’ve completed that.”