After the Washington Wizards ended a season-high five-game losing streak Saturday with a 37-point victory over the Brooklyn Nets, Marcin Gortat wasn’t quite ready to declare that their earth was back on its axis. “At the end of the day, it was Brooklyn, so we can’t get really excited,” he said. There’s nothing like perspective. And Gortat is right: One win against a plodding, tired team is nothing to get excited about. What the Wizards should be is concerned. Prior to the win
Doc Rivers is still trying to make things work on the basketball court with his son Austin. After orchestrating a three-way January trade for his son with Boston and Phoenix, giving up what many thought was too high a price at the time, Doc is betting on Austin becoming the catalyst for a Los Angeles Clippers second unit that has been in the league’s bottom third this season in both points scored and allowed. Austin has played 10 games so far for Los
When the NBA has had father-son stories, the dad always watched from the stands like Joe Bryant, Rick Barry and Stan Love; or from the other bench like George Karl and Mike Dunleavy Sr. Now comes Doc Rivers, who’s not only watching 22-year-old Austin, but putting him in and subbing him out as the first man in the NBA to coach his son. It’s at least a little awkward, if only in a domestic comedy sense. Having acquired his child in his role
The rumors had been floating for much of the past week about the Los Angeles Clippers’ interest in acquiring Doc Rivers’ son Austin Rivers to back up Chris Paul, and it officially happened on Thursday when they traded Reggie Bullock to the Phoenix Suns, Chris Douglas-Roberts and a 2017 second-round pick to the Boston Celtics in a three-team deal.
LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers has seen challenges before, as when he went 102-144 in his first three seasons in Boston, before Danny Ainge got him Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to go with Paul Pierce. The rest became Celtics history, leading to their 2008 title and the one they came so close to in 2010 when they led the Lakers by 13 in the second half of Game 7. Not that the Celtics had been forgotten before that… as much as
There was a lot of attention on the Pacific Division this past weekend. People were wondering when the Golden State Warriors would finally lose and when the Los Angeles Lakers would finally win. Both happened Sunday, with the Warriors – playing without Klay Thompson and David Lee – finally falling at Phoenix and the Lakers – getting production from someone other than Kobe Bryant – knocking off the Charlotte Hornets. But if you ask me, the attention was misplaced. With consecutive playoff
LAS VEGAS — All I can say is that thank God this game was in the preseason or we would be qualifying the Clippers as the Clippers of OLD and not the new and improved #LobCity Clippers. LAC started off sluggish, sloppy and looking downright silly at times and I can only hope, for their sake, that it was a case of pre-season paralysis. Although, on the other side of things, Denver came out with a 24′ 3 pt attempt from
Talk about a fresh start … When the freshness starts in the ownership suite — or his courtside seat, as may be the case here, it is truly a new beginning. After a determined and gutty yet ultimately unsuccessful run in the 2014 postseason, the Los Angeles Clippers entered the offseason with a ton of questions regarding the future of their franchise. Although the Donald Sterling story died down a bit nationally a week or so after the initial TMZ audiotapes were released in