Doc Rivers inherited a Los Angeles Clippers team that won 56 games and set franchise records last season. Now it's up to him to get the veterans and a mix of newcomers to do what the franchise has never done - make a sustained playoff run.
''We have a chance to do something,'' he said Monday at the team's media day. ''I believe we can (win a title), but we have a lot of work to do first.''
Rivers took over in late June, replacing Vinny Del Negro as coach while adding the duties of senior vice president of basketball operations. He'll get to know his new team starting Tuesday when the Clippers spend a week in San Diego for training camp, or as Rivers calls it ''a bonding trip.''
Matt Barnes, who re-signed with the team this summer, suggested Rivers ''could be the missing piece.''
The player who most caught Rivers' eye this summer was Blake Griffin, whose well-known work ethic was even greater than what Rivers had heard.
''Nothing gets in the way of basketball and that is maturit...