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CP3: Doc 'told me I wasn't anything'

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07:19 AM ET 10.01 | Leave it to Doc Rivers to put things in perspective for his new point guard, Chris Paul. "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." Paul also knows that he might have his best opportunity this season to win that elusive title. Especially with Rivers as his new coach. ... "He's an All-Star and a genius," Rivers said of Paul. "I'm dumb enough or smart enough to know not to get in the way of that. We can help him, too. We want to make things easier for him."

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October 1, 2013  07:31 AM ET

Good luck in ClipperLand Doc............






Thanks for the memories in Beantown....

October 1, 2013  07:37 AM ET

This wasn't the same reaction Paul had when Rondo told him he "wasn't anything" :P

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October 1, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Good luck Doc! If you can't get this team pass the 2nd round then you are a crappy coach!

October 1, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Unless doc can get to deandre and blake and convince them to play defense They have no shot at winning a ring, no matter how good cp plays

The whole team has to be on board. Not just one, two or three players. Commitment to defense must be a team goal from the franchise player to the last scrub on the bench.

They need to go hard at defense like Bulls and Spurs do it.. else all they'll be remembered for is the alley hoop.

Clippers have a shot at the championship this year. I really hope they make it all the way.

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October 1, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Unless doc can get to deandre and blake and convince them to play defense They have no shot at winning a ring, no matter how good cp plays

You hit it right on the head. Those two guys have to learn how to play D or they aren't winning squat. I think Doc is the perfect coach for these guys.

October 1, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Well, folks, it's official. The guv-ment has been shut down, which means I'm gonna have to move my curating office to another location for the next few days until the idiots in Washington straighten this mess out. So, I will be back in a few hours from my alternate location, and will jump in with the mop bucket and chiclet pickers.

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October 1, 2013  11:13 AM ET

Good morning (again)...the Curator has moved the FN room to the alternate location, therefore the Curator is IN.

Now, if Doc is trying to use reverse psychology to motivate CP3 into playing better, he should realize that it hasn't been CP3 that has derailed the Clippers ring chase. It's all those other guys (Billups - always hurt, Griffin/Jordan - either hurt or will not/can't/won't play any interior defense, the rest of them that can't throw it in the ocean during crunch time). CP3 has held up his end of the deal; the rest of the team needs to climb on board.

October 1, 2013  11:14 AM ET
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so you're saying the fro will see more court time than bynum?

Wassup, jgb?

Yeah, I think the fro will see WAY more court time than Bynum. Heck...I might see more court time than Bynum, and I don't play anymore!

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October 1, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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sorry bout the shutdown, but I think this issue needs to be resolved now, rather than just delaying it another yearspending more and more $ is not the smart move long term.It is INSANE that congress' approval rating is 10%

10% is higher than Lamar Odom's high school math grade...

October 1, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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sorry bout the shutdown, but I think this issue needs to be resolved now, rather than just delaying it another yearspending more and more $ is not the smart move long term.It is INSANE that congress' approval rating is 10%

Well, I have my belief's as to why they (the Senate; specifically the numbskulls that make up the
Tea Party) have bucked against President Obama's every single move so forcefully and with such gusto, but someone told me earlier that I should be "ashamed" of myself for voicing my opinion, so I will keep it to myself.

*Hint: it has something to do with his skin tone, but you didn't hear that from me...

And thank you for the well-wishes, my friend. I learned a long time ago from one of the greatest men I've ever had the pleasure to know (my father) who said to me that it doesn't make any sense to burn out brain cells worrying about something you CANNOT change nor affect in any way, shape or form. Smart man...

October 1, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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sorry bout the shutdown, but I think this issue needs to be resolved now, rather than just delaying it another yearspending more and more $ is not the smart move long term.It is INSANE that congress' approval rating is 10%

Also, and of more imprtance than that, I know WHO has the back of my family and I. It's the Lord Almighty; as long as I give it to Him, we'll be all right.

By the way, am I still a rookie?

 
October 1, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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10% is higher than Lamar Odom's high school math grade...

...Or Shaq's and DHoward's free throw percentage COMBINED...

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