Chris Paul: Doc Rivers told me I’m nothing
Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul has been one of the best point guards in the NBA for several years. The former Rookie of the Year has been selected to six All-Star teams and is a three-time All-NBA First Teamer. Despite that, CP3 is still in pursuit of his first championship. And until he gets there, new Clippers head coach Doc Rivers would like him to know that he has accomplished nothing.
Paul recently told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports that Rivers knocked him down a peg the first time the two ever met face-to-face.
“As professional athletes, you always want someone to push you and motivate you,” Paul explained. “The first meeting I had with Doc, he pretty much told me I wasn’t anything. He told me I hadn’t done anything in this league, and he was right. You don’t always want somebody that’s going to tell you what you want to hear.”
Rivers is very much known as a player’s coach. For the most part, guys who play for him want to win for him. He got the Boston Celtics to buy into a championship mentality immediately when the team traded for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007, and he’ll be looking to do the same with his new core of superstars in LA. However, that does not mean Rivers will allow players to walk on him, as there were times when he was hard on Rajon Rondo during his tenure in Boston.
“One thing I learned about Doc is he is going to expect you to do certain things,” CP3 said. “He’s not going to baby us. He is going to treat us like men and he is going to give us that opportunity.”
As a former NBA point guard, Rivers should be able to help Paul develop his game even further. Rondo emerged as one of the league’s best floor generals under Rivers, and Paul is a much better offensive player than Rajon. If Rivers and CP3 get along from day one and respect one another, the possibilities should be endless.