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The Doc Rivers to the Clippers deal was on and off, several different times before it was finally agreed to.
What finally nudged the Clippers over the hump, and allowed Donald Sterling and management to pull the trigger on the deal?
Well if you believe Bill Simmons and the crew over at GRANTLAND, then it was a threat from star point guard Chris Paul that finally pushed the Clippers to make the deal.
According to Simmons, Paul threatened to sign with the Clippers if the team didn’t make the deal for Doc Rivers.
To Chris Paul, who basically told the Clippers that after they squashed the first incarnation of their Doc Rivers trade. Chris didn’t like that. He let them know he was heading to Houston to team up with Dwight. And he wasn’t kidding. For about 36 hours, Morey probably felt like all 11 guys in “Ocean’s Eleven.” You know what happened next: The Clippers blinked, the Doc trade got revived and finished, and the Clippers were offering Chris 107 million reasons to play for him. Crisis averted. The lesson, as always: Chris Paul runs the Clippers.
Would the Clippers really have called Paul’s bluff?
I think the old Donald Sterling would have told Paul to go to hell. I’m really not sure how Daryl Morey and the Rockets could have afforded Paul at anywhere near a max deal.
Dwight Howard could definitely take lessons from Paul on how to quietly go about getting what you want.
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TELL ME I WON'T
Chris Paul reportedly threatened to leave the Clippers and sign with the Rockets when the Doc Rivers trade talk initially broke down.
Doc Rivers‘ favorite quip, whenever a reporter asks him about an injured player’s condition, is “You know ‘Doc’ is just a nickname, right?” Shaquille O’Neal may want to co-opt his former coach’s phrase for his own devices: “You know ‘Big Aristotle’ is just a nickname, right?” Reader’s Digest apparently did not get the memo. In its “Quotable Quotes” section...
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All basketball players should look to the great Michael Jordan for guidance. His performance on the court should be something to aspire to, but sometimes a line needs to be drawn. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony crossed that line when they jumped from the court to the baseball field. OK, so the basketball stars only threw out ceremonial first pitches, but they were...
Los Angeles Clippers: Best and Worst Moves of the Offseason
By Brandon Hartman: Vp of Content and Senior Writer at Hoopstuff
Best Move: Adding Doc Rivers as Head Coach
First, of course resigning Chris Paul is the Clippers’ off season gem so far. You would be one heck of a writer to convince anyone that getting perhaps the number one point guard in the league to commit to a team...
Chris Paul runs the Los Angeles Clippers. You know this. I know this. But in case you need just a little more proof, Bill Simmons of Grantland provides a tale of how Chris Paul ultimately made the Clippers pony up for Doc Rivers.I’m sure you recall the back and forth that went on between the Celtics and Clippers regarding Rivers leaving Boston to take over the Clippers. I’m sure...
According to Grantland’s Bill Simmons, Chris Paul informed the Clippers he was going to team up with Dwight Howard and sign with the Houston Rockets when the Doc Rivers trade talks were initially presumed “dead.” Luckily for the Clippers, they were able to land Doc Rivers and lock down their All-Star point guard with a 5-year, $107 million contract extension.
To Chris Paul...
Remember those rumors about Chris Paul and Dwight Howard talking about teaming up somewhere next NBA season? Apparently that was closer to happening then one might think. Per ESPN’s Bill Simmons, Chris Paul informed the Clippers he was planning on signing with the Houston Rockets after talks broke down between the Clippers and Doc Rivers.
The Clippers ended negotiations with the...
Dwight Howard bolted the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets, and the perception continues to be that Howard left because he didn’t like head coach Mike D’Antoni‘s system. Well, apparently Howard wasn’t the only L.A. basketball player to desire to leave if he didn’t get his coach — only this one got his way.
Chris Paul threatened the Clippers that he would leave...
Clippers star and Cowboys superfan Chris Paul attended Thursday’s session of the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp in Oxnard, CA. Paul, who has previously went on record to say he “went to college with Cowboys sheets on my bed,” met the players before practice and proceeded to watch from the sidelines – Little Chris, CP3′s son, even got to play a round of catch with Dallas...
Cal baseball's latest 2014 commit only started watching college baseball when childhood friend Chris Paul debuted for the Golden Bears, and now, two years later, he's set to join Paul and fellow former Long Beach Breaker Robbie McInerny in blue and gold.
A couple of weeks ago, Los Angeles Clippers stars Blake Griffin/Chris Paul and New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony got the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitches at a Taiwanese baseball game.
The announcer on the field instructed the three NBA stars to throw their pitches at the same time but due to some miscommunication, Carmelo delivered his pitch a little later than...
We’ve all heard the rumors circulating in print, online, or on the airwaves that Doc Rivers left Boston for Los Angeles because of Rajon Rondo. While the coach may or may not have liked the best player – a great item to debate but something we just don’t know the answer to – on his roster, Rivers probably went West simply to coach a better team.
Rivers has a...
Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul threw out the first pitches at a recent Taiwanese baseball game. Yeah, it was quite interesting.
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