Doc Rivers Redemption

With Lob City buried so deep into the ground the dirt is turning yellow, Doc Rivers is in a place he hasn’t been since he coached an unremarkable Orlando Magic team to 41-41 (1999-00) and they missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. Rivers has had better teams, better players, he has…

Stan Van Gundy Blueprint Running Out of Oxygen

Stan Van Gundy and Doc Rivers were revered coaches  in charge of personnel for their respective teams, the Pistons and Clippers. Both asserted their power as NBA intellects who mattered. Van Gundy appeared in the NBA Finals in 2009. One year earlier, Doc Rivers won the NBA Finals in 2008. Rivers appeared in the Finals…

Mike D’Antoni Is Why Coaches Matter

The Western Conference has dominated the NBA for the last two decades. Of the past 21 NBA champions, 13 have come from the West (Spurs, ’99; Lakers, ’00-’02; Spurs, ’03,’05, 07, Lakers’09-’10; Mavericks, ’11; Spurs, ’14; Warriors ’15, ’17). Part of the reason Western teams have dominated is because of generational talent replacing generational talent.…

The Clippers Slipping Back Into Irrelevancy

The L.A. Clippers have lost Chris Paul and with him, their identity. The Lob City era is over. Unfulfilled expectations linger and the fear of irrelevancy has taken hold. This is what happens when a team is assembled with incredibly high expectations and fails to deliver time and again as the Clippers have. The four…