‘One Thing He Does Better Than Anybody’: Brooklyn Nets’ Blake Griffin Believes This is Doc Rivers’ Standout Quality

Published 03/09/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) takes a shot during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Latest Brooklyn Nets recruit Blake Griffin made a name for himself when he was plying his trade for Los Angeles Clippers in the 2010s. With Doc Rivers leading the wolf pack off the floor and Chris Paul marshalling the troops on it, his stupendous dunking abilities gave rise to the ‘Lob City’.

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Although the Clippers eventually traded him to Detroit, he harbors no ill-feeling towards his former coach, recognizing Doc’s greatness. Even more so as the motivator-in-chief of the team.

Jan 6, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers reacts from the sidelines during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

While they could never make it past the second round of the Playoffs, it couldn’t be blamed on a lack of trying from the coach’s end. Answering a question in an AMA hosted by B/R, he talked about Rivers’ qualities as a coach.

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“Doc is one of the best motivators of all time. There are times where he would do a great pregame speech. One particular time in Cleveland – when LeBron, Kyrie, and Kevin Love were there,” said Griffin.

“He focused on, ‘the only time you’ll be back here is if you make the Finals’, and the whole thing was motivational. It’s one thing he does better than anybody – his ability to speak and motivate guys.”

Why did Blake Griffin Join Brooklyn Nets?

Blake completed a contract buyout with Detroit Pistons a few days back. And as soon as he was in the market, various rumours were linking him to a gig with the Nets. They lack a quality power-forward and he lacks a championship. So, they were a perfect match for each other.

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“They have a need for a four-man. I’ve always had a lot of respect for Steve Nash and all of the guys that they have. Sean Marks has done great job there. It was a tough decision, and I wanted to be on a team that was contending,” explained Griffin.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MARCH 28: Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons reacts after a second half basket while playing the Orlando Magic at Little Caesars Arena on March 28, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 115-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Although he isn’t the same dunk machine, he was in LA, he could still prove to be a valuable piece for the Nets. It’s a chance for him to resurrect his dwindling career.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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