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Doc Rivers has been a shot in the arm for the Clippers
Doc Rivers has been a shot in the arm for the Clippers

The Clippers' conversion from NBA franchise to Doc Rivers Inc. can be traced to the summer night their new coach sat across from their freakishly athletic center at a trendy Japanese restaurant in West Hollywood. Over albacore tuna and yellowtail sushi, Rivers laid out his plan for DeAndre Jordan to become his team's defensive captain. The coach ticked off a handful of names: Dennis Rodman, Tyson Chandler, Ben Wallace. None were big scorers. All had won NBA titles by playing relentless defense. "You can have a dramatic impact on the game," Rivers told Jordan, "without being a great scorer." Rivers couldn't be sure how Jordan would take what he had...

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