Is Doc Rivers Attractive Enough for Chris Paul

Jun 26, 2013; Playa Vista, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers talks to the media after he was introduced during a press conference at the Clippers Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers have just made one of their biggest acquisitions of the offseason in signing Doc Rivers to a 3 year, 21 million dollar contract. For them, that’s huge, but it still doesn’t guarantee the return of their star player, Chris Paul. If he doesn’t return, it could be quite a disastrous season for the Clippers, as Paul was the player that completely transformed their society. Paul may be happy that the Clippers have at least made a coaching change, but as of now, their roster is the same.

The only other major trade is the Eric Bledsoe – Arron Aflalo deal. The thing about that, however, is that it’s just a replacement for Chauncey Billups, who is likely to retire. Aflalo may be an ideal shooting guard to complement Paul nicely, but is he the one that the Clippers need? Other than that, what are the Clippers going to do if Paul decides to leave. Who will be their starting point guard next season? That’s a huge deal because the point guard is the guy that completely runs the team.

Doc Rivers won the NBA Championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics in one of his most glorious seasons as a coach. Unfortunately for him, other than one other finals trip, the Celtics were always eliminated in the conference finals, or in last season’s case, the first round. Rivers, no doubt, is an excellent coach, but he may not be enough to keep Chris Paul around, I mean think about it. Paul left the Hornets because he was unhappy with getting nowhere. In these last two seasons with the Clippers, he’s made it to the 2nd round, then the first round. Both of which resulting in heart-breaking eliminations. The Clippers kept faltering in the playoffs, and that’s nobody’s fault but inexperience.

Arron Aflalo has a little bit of playoff experience, but he’s not a superstar when he’s amongst other who are good. My guess is that his production is going to drop a lot next season with the Clippers. As for Rivers, he has coached in some enormously high pressured games, and of course was successful. The coach can’t get into the game and handle the pressure, however. If guys like Blake Griffin can’t perform what’s the lure to bring other guys like Chris Paul back? We’ll see if draft day changes anything.

Topics: Chris Paul, Doc Rivers

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  • ClipShip

    Dude, Tej, chill out. Chris Paul isn’t leaving. If there was even a 1% chance that CP3 was leaving, Doc Rivers never would have signed his contract. The front office and Doc and CP3 have been in constant communication throughout this process.

    CP3 loves living in LA, his personal brand is exploding here, he has another superstar by his side, a talented young roster, an owner that’s opened his wallet to win, and now he has one of the best coaches in the NBA. Besides that, the Clippers can pay him a lot more than anyone else, and he also has a say in personnel decisions. AND if he were to leave now, he would look like a giant douchebag.

    • Tej Kamaraju

      “chill out.” i’m really not stressing out or being insane about this. Rivers was signed as an coach desirable to keep CP3 around. This was the whole deal, that Paul would re-sign if Rivers came aboard. When attempts to get Rivers on board failed, he was upset with the Clippers. Now that Rivers is on the staff, Paul will likely re-sign. When you’re as good as CP3, but not winning, it’s no longer about the money. Keep that in mind.