The Los Angeles Clippers had their most successful regular season in franchise history last year, winning the Pacific Division title. This of course was followed by blowing a 2-0 series lead over the Grizzlies and getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs.
Upgrading their head coach to someone with championship pedigree, Doc Rivers, the Clippers also added depth across the board for their bench, and have their sights on a championship. That's all that Rivers wants All-NBA point guard, Chris Paul to focus on. When the two first sat down to talk about the upcoming season, Doc let Paul know that All Star appearances, and All-NBA awards aside, the Clips lead guard has yet to accomplish anything in this league.
But that didn't stop new Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers from letting his star point guard know in their first face-to-face meeting that he's lacking one major prize.
An NBA championship.
"As professional athletes, you always want someone to push you and motivate you," Paul said. "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."