What would have not long ago seemed inconceivable, the Clippers have the Western Conference’s longest active streak of years with multiple All-Stars – three. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have made it each of the previous three seasons.
So far, the only Clipper All-Star this year is Griffin, whom fans elected him a starter.
Doc Rivers isn’t leaving the rest to chance. He’s advocating on behalf of Chris Paul – and DeAndre Jordan.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he’s been making some phone calls to try to get the coaches to vote those guys in as reserves.
When asked how those conversations go, Rivers smiled.
“Well, there’s some begging,” he said. “I offer them food, drinks and all of that kind of stuff.”
Jordan is having a solid season, and he also deserves consideration, but that should end with him clearly being left off ballots. This Western Conference is far too deep for him to have a realistic case.
Rivers lobbied for Jordan last year, and that didn’t get the center on the All-Star team. That doesn’t mean Rivers failed. He likely succeeded in boosting Jordan’s confidence and loyalty to his coach.
But the stakes are different this year with Paul on the border of inclusion. Paul is competing with James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson and Mike Conley for just two to four reserve guard spots behind Stephen Curry. An additional guard could be added to the roster as Kobe Bryant’s injury replacement.
Spending time on Jordan’s merits with other coaches would only diminish Rivers’ credibility on Paul.
Rivers is a heck of a coach. His negotiating skills remain questionable.