SB Nation’s Paul Flannery checks in with Doc Rivers one year into his shift from the hallowed Celtics to the traditionally woebegone Clippers, and while the coach has himself undergone a change in cultures, he’s busy trying to implement a new attitude in Clipperland.
“I took the gamble, that’s what I always tell people,” Rivers said. “It was me taking this gamble. It’s worth it. If we get it right, it will be worth it. If we get it wrong, it will be a great attempt. It gives me a lot of life and it’s a task. If you know, there’s a lot, not just the basketball part that we’re trying to change here. It’s more the mindset.”
Here’s more from the Pacific Division:
- Warriors ownership and management haven’t publicly dismissed rumors surrounding Mark Jackson because they believe his actions fomented the media storm, writes Sam Amick of USA Today. Amick seconds the frequent suggestion that the team’s postseason performance will determine the coach’s fate.
- Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report explains the personality conflict between Jackson and Brian Scalabrine, the former assistant coach whom the Warriors reassigned to a gig with their D-League affiliate at Jackson’s behest (video link).
- Mike D’Antoni has no shortage of affection for Marshall University, his alma mater, writes Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, who wouldn’t be surprised if D’Antoni winds up coaching the school’s basketball team next year. D’Antoni and Marshall reportedly have mutual interest.