Clippers Open Up Camp for Their 2019- 2020 Season
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
With the 2019- 2020 National Basketball Association’s season quickly approaching, excitement for the LA Clippers has reached an all-time high. The addition of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George this offseason, to a playoff team from a season ago, makes the Clippers one of the favorites in the tough Western Conference. These Clippers seemingly have all that a team needs to be crowned Champions of this upcoming NBA Season.
Since the 2-time NBA Champion and last season’s NBA Finals MVP has decided to bring his talents back home to Southern California and join the Clippers, along with Paul George who played at an MVP pace last season immediately make this a formidable Clippers team. One that the rest of the league most acknowledge a prepare for. Each of these guys has intense defensive prowess and have been leaders on their respective teams in the past so this talent and experience have this team well-positioned for a deep playoff run.
These guys have already begun to build their off-court relationships with their teammates via a fishing trip most guys participated in as well as a Paint Ball match which Patrick Beverly remains scared by. When talking to Coach Doc Rivers, I wanted to how he would go about coaching cooperation if at all possible. Coach Doc Rivers emphatically states, “You don’t win without cooperation! Obviously, you have to coach it. But you have to get it as well and get it. That goes along the same lines as the chemistry thing as well. It’s something taught during the year… same thing with sacrifice. I always tell our guys; sacrifice is not giving up something it’s doing something for. You’re not giving up something you’re doing something for your teammate, that’s the way we look at that, the same thing for cooperation.”
As I mentioned previously, these new centerpieces that have been added to the Clippers are MVP caliber players. What makes them unique is that they are premier defenders as well. Teaming Leonard and George with guys with a defensive nemesis like Patrick Beverley should make this team one of the toughest teams to score on in the NBA. I asked Coach Rivers what metrics would he be using to grade their defensive effectiveness, he facetiously said, “When the other team is not scoring.”
Coach Rivers elaborated on that comment by saying, “I think we can, not only be a good defensive team we can be disruptive. Last year we were solid defensively, in the second half of the year, but we could never be disruptive. Pat could irritate guys but we couldn’t be disruptive. We couldn’t get our hands (on many balls) because we were small. I’ve been a big deflection coach! At some point, we couldn’t get enough deflections. Well today, especially when they were all on the floor, and you kept seeing the arm length of these guys. We had to change things up because we couldn’t get enough work.”
Talking to this new Clippers team, they appear to be coming tight group quite nicely and they genuinely seem excited for each other, although Coach Rivers made it a point to say, “No game has been played. No minutes have been established.” So, once they start playing real games, we will have a much better idea of the chemistry and camaraderie this team has. I, like everyone else, will be expecting big things from this Clippers squad and am excited about following their progress throughout this season. Please share your thoughts on this years Clippers team by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter at “Voice of the Fans” for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TunedIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!