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Clippers: 5 lessons from Doc Rivers’ interview at the NBA Combine

Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers recently sat down for an interview with ESPN at the NBA Combine.

Rivers addressed a variety of Clippers topics with a disappointing playoff exit in the first round behind him.

Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the extensive interview.

Jeff Green in the Clippers future?

Jeff Green was acquired at the trade deadline. The Clippers head coach was asked if Green was the starting small forward, if the team resigns him.

Rivers said, “We gotta sign him first.”

Rivers added that Green was terrific at filling the team’s need for complimentary players.

Coaching a son is not easy.

Towards the end of the season, Clippers point guard Austin Rivers opened up about his relationship with his father and head coach.

The younger Rivers said his father was always gone during his childhood.

Doc Rivers addressed those comments. He said Austin’s comments were taken out of context. He said it his son’s comments were true, and the situation was tough. However, Doc said he and Austin do have a terrific relationship.

Rivers wants his core back for another year.

Rivers said he wanted his core guys back after a Game 6 loss to Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the playoffs.

The Clippers head coach reiterated that point. Rivers said he feels like the best thing for the team right now is keeping them together.

Rivers added a qualifying statement by saying, “Of course it can change.”

Blake Griffin incident shocked him.

Rivers described the incident that cost Griffin a broken hand and a four-game suspension for punching a member of the Clippers staff.

Rivers said he knew the 4 A.M. call was not anything good. He was still shocked to hear about it. He said the incident, “Made no sense.”

He said the incident, “Made no sense.”

Lance Stephenson was a bad defender.

The Clippers made Lance Stephenson one of their key acquisitions last offseason, before trading him for Green at the deadline.

Rivers said he hoped for a prototypical great defender, but he was disappointed.

Nonetheless, Rivers said he liked Stephenson. He said Stephenson was not a malcontent bad kid.

Rivers also revealed that he said he would join JJ Reddick’s podcast on the Vertical.

That could present another opportunity for the Clippers head coach to address the team’s offseason issues.

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Pete D. Camarillo only loves sports and writing. He tried combining those passions with his degree in Journalism at CSUN. He's had work published on Fansided, Endzone Score, Inquisitr, Elite Daily and several print publications. Pete also did community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.
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