The L.A. Clippers are taking their championship contention very seriously this year, and after bringing in a new head coach with title experience, and some valuable bench players, the team is shedding the "Lob City" moniker and focusing more on defense.
Talking about his new team, Doc Rivers likes what he sees, and believes their athleticism gives them potential to be suffocating on defense. Even though he coached one of the best teams in recent memory, the 2008 Boston Celtics - who won a title with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce - Rivers names this Clippers team as potentially the best he's ever coached.
"They should be better than any team I've ever coached, I really believe that," Rivers said. "They're more athletic. They don't have the veteran IQ but they should be in that area. We have a couple of individual defenders that can be dominating on defense. We have great speed but we don't have the size in some ways as some of the teams I've coached."
The West is fairly open, especially if Russell Westbrook can't round back into explosive form following a followup procedure on his knee. San Antonio is always deadly, and the Grizzlies should be a load once again, but the Clips have a legit shot at coming out of the West if they can develop into a very good defensive club. It all depends on Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and early reports have DJ elated to be playing for Rivers and showing big strides in improvement on the defensive end of the floor.