The offseason is slowly coming to an end as preseason games are now upon us. The Los Angeles Clippers will be going through a transition this summer, as the new head coach Doc Rivers will certainly be making some changes. The roster has gotten stronger overall and Rivers is already impressed with what he has seen from his young star Blake Griffin.
“He’s been great,” Rivers said. “He’s been absolutely wonderful. He’s shooting the ball well, he’s playing hard, he’s getting to the next play. He’s been great. … I told him he never has to be a vocal leader but he has been talking. He’s been phenomenal. I told him you don’t need to say a word if you just do it, but he’s done both.
“At the end of the day, it’ll be his play. You can be a great leader and not a good player, but that doesn’t do anything for us. He’s young, so every year he’s going to get better.”
Griffin himself believes that he needs to take a leadership role and share the burden with Chris Paul, as the two players are obviously going to play most minutes. He also suggests that he is not necessarily the type of a leader that scolds his teammates but instead supports them and helps them out. Clearly these are qualities that Rivers has already learned to appreciate.
Griffin averaged 18 points and 8.3 rebounds in the 2012-13 NBA regular season.