Doc Rivers says that the coaching in the 2020-21 NBA season won’t be any different with Tyronn Lue as the head coach.
Following the Clippers’ monumental collapse against the Denver Nuggets in last year’s Playoffs, owner Steve Ballmer was furious. He called for a revamp of the entire Clippers organization.
Upon calming down, he sat down with Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers and both came to a mutual agreement to part ways. The 76ers immediately hired Rivers to coach Joel Embiid and co.
Though it has been months since all of this went down, it is still being talked about. Paul George quite notably, has been very vocal about it. He talked about how he didn’t agree with the way Doc was using him on offense.
He then took it back and said he was to blame for the 3-1 lead being blown.
Doc Rivers tells Paul George and the Clips that the offense won’t change all too much.
Doc Rivers has been hearing all the noise surrounding him, claiming he can’t make adjustments in the Playoffs and that he cannot manage minutes properly.
In response to this, Rivers said, “I enjoyed coaching him(Paul George). So not a lot to say there. Ty Lue was sitting right next to me. So he better not hope it’s not the adjustments. It ain’t going to be much different.”
#Sixers coach Doc Rivers on Paul George’s comments about the Los Angeles Clippers lack of adjustments while blowing a 3-1 series to the Denver Nuggets in the second round of last season’s playoffs. Paul was also criticism of how Rivers, the former Clippers coach, utilized him. pic.twitter.com/2d2I1ODy2Q
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) December 6, 2020
Later on, he addressed the series against Denver and said, “I think everybody needs to take ownership. Obviously we can do better. Players can play better.”
Will Tyronn Lue’s coaching be any different than Doc’s?
Lue was an assistant coach for the Clippers last season and was responsible for a a bulk of the defensive schemes the Clippers had put in place.
Doc is right when he says that Ty Lue was “right next to me”. If Lue took issue to any adjustments Doc was making(or not making), he could’ve spoken up about it. However, he chose not to.
It will be interesting to watch how the offense varies under Lue’s coaching, when compared to how Rivers ran his offense.