LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers called it a culture change, a great day in club history, a precursor to a championship.
But Doc Rivers, clad in a casual, open-collared shirt and asking everyone to call him "just Doc," called it "an opportunity" and wowed everyone not with his championship pedigree but his humility.
"This 'best coach' thing, we have to stop saying that," Rivers said Tuesday when he was introduced to the L.A. media as the new coach of the Clippers. "I'm not that smart yet. I just finished watching the Finals; I wasn't in it. Neither were the Clippers."
But that is clearly the expectation of the franchise now that they have pried Rivers away from the Boston Celtics, whom Rivers led to the 2008 NBA title, for a 2015 first-round draft pick.
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