Doc Rivers, I’d like you to meet P.J. Carlesimo. And Scott Brooks. And Dave Joerger. And the fan bases from Oklahoma City, Boston, and Memphis.
Oh, and maybe you should take a clear-eyed look at your own past.
Saturday, Doc Rivers said he wants Jeff Green to be more consistent. Get in line. A line you’ve been in before. Here’s the quote, via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
He’s “just up and down,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said about Green’s play. “We’d love for him to be more consistent. He will be. I’m confident in that. It’s not like we eased him in. We grabbed him and threw him in….
“So I thought he struggled with that early on,” Rivers said about Green trying to adapt to the Clippers’ more fast-paced offense. “Defensively is probably where I want him to pick it up more.
“We’re just doing a lot of film work with him right now, trying to shortcut the curve. He’ll get it. But we need it.”
The only consistent thing about Jeff Green is his inconsistency. He had 23 points for the Clippers on Wednesday, but he’s had two 0-for-the-night games for the Clippers since his arrival. This isn’t the offense, it’s Green. It has been that way since he entered the league, and the best way to tell someone who should watch more NBA is to find someone who thinks Green’s potential is untapped and he could be an All-Star. That’s what we all thought in 2009. Green still teases with his potential on certain nights; he can bring it for a half or a game and turn your head, but eight seasons into his NBA career he is who he is. It’s not changing now.
Green is averaging 11.2 points a game and is shooting 41 percent from three as a Clipper. But his play is up and down and his PER of 13.3 is below replacement level. Which is how it goes. Rivers seems to have rose-colored glasses when thinking about the guys who used to play for him, but if he were honest, he would have known this was the guy he’s getting. He is what he is.
And the Clippers will have to live with it.