It’s a new season for the Los Angeles Clippers. In some respect, it is also a new era. The Clippers have a new coach in Doc Rivers, who left the East Coast and the Boston Celtics for the delight of the Southern California sun and to spearhead one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA.
With Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, Rivers has the nucleus of building something great for years to come. Clipper Nation get ready!
The expectations have already been set. The Clippers are no longer looking at just being the hottest ticket in town; they want to win and move deep in the postseason. This is where Rivers comes into the picture. Rivers took the original “Big 3” in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to back-to-back NBA Final appearances, eventually capturing the world title.
With a solid core of top-notch players around his current “Big 3” project, more of the same is expected of Rivers delivering an NBA championship banner for the Clippers. Besides Paul, Griffin and Jordan, Rivers has a lot of talent to work with to try to achieve that goal.
Hot shooting Jamal Crawford is back. Matt Barnes is bringing his defensive tenacity back to the fold. Newcomers Nick Collison, J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, along with rookie Reggie Bullock are expected to pay dividends for Rivers and the Clippers this season.
They all came together under one rooftop for the Clippers Media Day, which was reportedly attended by rounds and rounds of media outlets hoping to get some soundbites and pics of the most glamorized team in the NBA outside of the Miami Heat. It’s going to be fun to watch. The Clippers seem to be all in this season. That’s the way it should be.