What Grade do you give Doc Rivers as President of Basketball Operations?!!! and Ben Bolch of the LA Times wrote a Great Story on Doc the President!!! #MUSTREAD

Doc Rivers is among the top coaches in the NBA. He also maneuvered the Clippers through the Donald Sterling fiasco so masterfully that he could fetch millions on the crisis management lecture circuit.

That makes him two for three running the basketball side of his team.

His failure has come in his other job — as the Clippers president of basketball operations.

As the front office boss, Rivers has fallen short in his efforts to upgrade at small forward, bolster his bench and draft a rotation player in the first round. His best signing, backup point guard Darren Collison, was a player Rivers couldn’t re-sign last summer after committing four years and $23 million to free-agent forward Spencer Hawes, who has made a negligible impact this season.

Chris Paul, Clippers experience handling problems in loss to Memphis
Chris Paul, Clippers experience handling problems in loss to Memphis
Rivers did manage to trade for his son Austin last month, which prompted snickers throughout the league.

“I’ll let you do all the judging,” Rivers said recently when asked to assess the job he had done controlling his team’s personnel moves.

OK, here goes: The best grade you could give Rivers for his roster management is an incomplete. Some observers think not enough time has passed to evaluate the work Rivers has done tweaking the margins of a roster that included All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in addition to fledgling star DeAndre Jordan and top sub Jamal Crawford before Rivers’ arrival in the summer of 2013.

“Three, possibly four years, then we can look back at it,” said legendary shooting guard Reggie Miller, now an analyst for TNT. “Let’s see what they do in this year’s playoffs and what he does in the summer and in the draft and how this team is performing next year.”

Sorry to disagree with a Hall of Famer, but Rivers has had two free-agency periods, two drafts and two trade deadlines to make his team better. Has he?

The top four bench players have gone from Crawford, Eric Bledsoe, Lamar Odom and Matt Barnes to Crawford, Austin Rivers, Hawes and Glen Davis. Barnes is now a starter alongside J.J. Redick, the shooting guard Doc Rivers acquired as part of the trade that sent Bledsoe to Phoenix in July 2013.

Redick has unquestionably improved the Clippers with his perpetual movement and three-point shooting, but the other player who came with him in the deal, forward Jared Dudley, was such a dud in one injury-plagued season that Rivers had to package a first-round draft pick with him just to persuade Milwaukee to take Dudley last summer.

Hall of Famer Rick Barry calls Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan a ‘liability’
Hall of Famer Rick Barry calls Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan a ‘liability’
And guess what? Dudley is now playing well for the Bucks and the Clippers don’t have any first-round draft picks to trade before 2019, one of the primary reasons they were unable to make any moves at the trade deadline last week.

Barnes’ presence as a starter is a constant reminder of one nagging deficiency Rivers has been unable to address. His efforts to convince Inglewood High graduate Paul Pierce to come home last summer fell so flat you would have thought Rivers told his former player the Clippers played their home games at the Forum.

“That would have resolved a lot of problems,” Miller said of Pierce joining the Clippers instead of the Washington Wizards. “They have to get better at the small forward position.”

Instead the Clippers have Barnes and went more than a month without a true backup at the position before the team Tuesday signed former Compton Dominguez High star Jordan Hamilton to a 10-day contract.

Rivers likes to grouse about the Clippers’ lack of assets and their proximity to the league’s hard salary cap, which limits the amount of salary the team can take back in trades. Those are valid points. The Clippers traded Dudley primarily to clear enough cap space just to complete their roster with minimum-salaried players.

But Rivers signed enough busts last summer to fill a wing of the Smithsonian. Backup point guard Jordan Farmar will finish his season in Turkey after being waived last month, forward Chris Douglas-Roberts was dispatched as part of the Austin Rivers trade, center Ekpe Udoh rarely plays and forward Hedo Turkoglu has made a marginal impact.

The only quality signing has been Davis, whose energy has contributed to several victories

Up next for Clippers: Wednesday at Houston
Up next for Clippers: Wednesday at Houston
Rivers and longtime lieutenants Dave Wohl and Kevin Eastman, who accompanied him from Boston, need to foster a more creative approach to complementing one of the NBA’s best core rosters. They don’t have to go all Moneyball like Houston General Manager Daryl Morey, who covets second-round draft picks and flips players like they’re pancakes at IHOP, but the Clippers’ most recent moves have been uninspired, unless you consider signing a head cheerleader in guard Dahntay Jones to be worthwhile.

Rivers has said he wanted to foster a working relationship with his underlings like San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford, the coach and general manager who have collaborated to make savvy draft choices and redefine the value of international scouting.

So far under the Rivers regime, the Clippers’ first-round draft picks have been Reggie Bullock and C.J. Wilcox. You are forgiven for asking, “Who?” Bullock played sporadically and has already been traded to Phoenix. Wilcox may end up logging more time in the Development League this season than with the Clippers.

If nothing else, Wohl and Eastman don’t appear to be yes men. The executives pushed Rivers to make the trade for his son despite his initial hesitancy. Austin Rivers has been serviceable as the backup to Paul, but he’s not going to remind anyone of Collison or Bledsoe.

Ultimately, the Clippers will be judged on the moves they make on the court once the playoffs start. Rivers keeps saying he likes his team.

“I’m not a big believer in change unless you need it,” he said of keeping his roster intact at the trade deadline. “I would love to have added some players, I think everybody would, but … I like our team.”

The thing is, the team worth liking is largely the one that was here before Rivers’ arrival.

Follow Ben Bolch on Twitter @latbbolch

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Jared Dudley vs. Doc Rivers “The Reason Why JD Could Not Perform” #MUSTREAD


Jared Dudley: Injury led to Clips woes

Updated: February 12, 2015, 3:03 PM ET

By Arash Markazi | ESPN.com

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jared Dudley said he played last season with the Los Angeles Clipperswith a fracture in his right knee, and did so at the request of Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

Dudley said he played through the injury with the understanding he would be able to return to the team healthy before he was traded to the Bucks this offseason.

“I talked to Doc maybe a week and a half before I got traded,” Dudley told Zach Lowe on his Lowe Post podcast on Grantland. “That was in August. He was basically like, ‘Hey, you’re young. I don’t know what happened this season.’ I basically told him, ‘You know what happened. I wasn’t right and I thought I would be able to come back.’ ”

Dudley was traded to the Clippers in 2013 from the Phoenix Suns as part of a three-team deal that sent Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Suns for Dudley and J.J. Redick, who came over from Milwaukee for two second-round draft picks. Dudley, however, was never healthy with the Clippers and had one of his worst statistical seasons, averaging 6.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.

“Here’s the thing with the Clippers,” Dudley said. “When I hurt my back in Vegas, I show up there in September trying to get with the training staff, and sometimes when you have an injury it leads to another injury, so basically I was nursing what I thought was tendinitis at the time in my knee, basically I really couldn’t bend my knee 90 degrees so I had to deal with that for the first month or so. I basically went to Doc Rivers and said, ‘Hey, I’ve never had to deal with this, I can’t bend my knee, all my shots are short, I can’t move laterally, I need to sit out.’ At that timeMatt Barnes was out with a calf injury and J.J. Redick was out with a herniated disk and he said, ‘Hey, I need you to give me 10-15 games and when those guys come back, I’ll give you a rest.’ ”

“Well, during that time I just couldn’t guard anyone. I couldn’t make a shot, all my shots were short and then confidence happened. By midseason, I get my X-ray and I had a little fracture in my knee so I knew what I was feeling was more than tendinitis. By midseason, [Rivers] brings in [Danny] Granger and I was sent to the pine. The trade [to Milwaukee] was the best thing for my career, where I got with a training staff that got me healthy and when I’m healthy, I’m the player you see now and the player you saw in Phoenix.”

The Clippers sent Dudley and a protected 2017 first-round pick to the Bucks in a salary-dump move in August and Dudley has responded by having a bounce-back season for the surprising Bucks (30-23).

“Jared can play; we knew that,” Rivers said in December. “Last year he starts out injured, then he gets injured again and he just really never caught up.”

Dudley said the Bucks’ training staff was able to heal his right knee within a couple of weeks of the trade after he was unable to feel right during his time in Los Angeles. Dudley is averaging a career-high 50.6 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from 3-point range while averaging 8.2 points per game this season for Milwaukee, currently the sixth seed in the East.

“Yeah,” Dudley said when asked whether he takes any satisfaction in proving the Clippers wrong. “There definitely is.”

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Is it just me or does Katy Perry look like she work in the Mall for Hot Dog on a Stick!!!


This was a fun and Eventful Halftime Performance for the 49th Super Bowl and when my girl Miss Elliot came out I jump up and started dancing .. I love that song Lose Control!!!

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Lets Raise $50,000 for Athletes vs Cancer in Honor of Matt Barnes Nba Fines!!!


The NBA has fined Matt Barnes in total of $50,000 .. Let’s Raise $50,000 in Support Our Guy by donating to his Charity .. Let’s Show the World that we Love Matt Barnes .. Please go to http://www.athletesversuscancer.org and Donate $1 or More .. LET’S GO MB LET’S GO!!! #LEAVEMATTBARNESALONE

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Who Wants My Ticket Against the Cavs on Friday!!!


WHO WANTS MY TICKET FOR THE @CAVS GAME ON FRIDAY!!! .. I Have Decided Not to Attend!!! .. The… http://t.co/XfqWymvGGN

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