It’s not a secret that the Los Angeles Clippers are one of the biggest winners of the offseason after landing both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard last month. George and Leonard are two big stars who any team around the league would be more than pleased to have on their roster.
That’s why the Clippers head coach Doc Rivers made his best play when the time to talk with Leonard came. Rivers recently spoke with Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times and described how the lessons he learned as coach of the Orlando Magic served him to talk with Kawhi, saying that he only focused on basketball.
“All the other stuff that people think matters in the recruitment, I don’t think Kawhi wanted to talk about that, and so I didn’t. I talked about winning, and basketball…I think he felt the seriousness of me and how serious I am about winning,” Rivers said.
Rivers also added that the Clips needed to remain competitive as they wanted to sign marquee free agents and thought that superstars would prefer to join a team that was already competitive than landing in a squad going through a rebuild.
As a matter of fact, that is exactly what Paul George noticed about them, and that convinced him to request a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Lob City, besides his talks with Leonard.
“Everybody pulling for one another, everybody elevated their games to be part of that camaraderie. That’s what made it such an attractive spot,” George told the L.A. Times.
Doc really did a good job trying to make his team look like the best landing spot for both Leonard and George. Right now they are the biggest favorites to win the NBA title next season and their head coach has a lot to do with that.