Doc Planned Championship Parade Route Upon Arrival

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"That's from Day 1," Rivers said. "It's a long haul. Listen, we do have to do it first. That's how you do it honestly. We just have to keep building and getting. We have to stay focused on that boring process that everyone talks about. That's what you have to do. There's no shortcuts and there's no guarantees. That's the neat part to me. When you want something that's great, there's no guarantees. You open your heart up to your team, your team opens up to you, and you take the risk of getting your heart broken. I've had mine broken many times, and it's damn worth it. It absolutely is worth it."

http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2013/10/3 ... ef:nbahpts

Sure, it's premature... but he has to get the guys to embrace the pressure that is on them this year.

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I like it

ekker3
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i honestly don't like that.

first off, the whole thing makes himself look like he thinks he's some sort of savior/ missing link. chill out, doc.

second, while its good to instill a sense of championship culture in the players, the media's already drowned them in praise, practically saying their a lock for the WCF. adding this parade idea only feeds them a sense of entitlement, almost as if they've already made it.

i prefer my squads play with a sense of fire and passion, trying to prove doubters wrong (like those riff-raff lakers).

the internal, not external, motivation is key. planning parades doesn't do squat for that.

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Doc needs to chill on any further championship talk and talk more about hard work and heart. After last game and seeing at the bench Doc tell his team they ate to talented to be down I don't want this team to feel entitled.

Doc is a part of that he nor the players should feel they can coast on talent because we have much to prove. This team has got it if everyone plays with fire.

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After the performance on the first game, Docs really need to get back to work on this before talking championship or even playoff.

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I'm not sure how Doc is supposed to control the sports media's expectations. It's pretty hard to prove the doubters wrong when there are no doubters.

The fact is, we had a record year for the franchise last year and then we seemingly addressed many of the issues that prevented us from being even better... adding shooting and perimeter defense and replacing a "buffoon" of a coach with one of only four active championship coaches and a proven system. That kind of success plus those kind of upgrades are going to lead to higher expectations among commentators.

We'd all like to be under the radar, but that isn't going to happen this year. The underdog spirit of the Clippers of old has to be replaced by a new, professional, "bring it every night" attitude of champions, like the current Heat team.

Seems to me like player psychology is a large part of Doc's philosophy. He obviously thought DJ needed his confidence built up, so he told him that he has the tools to be DPOY.

On the other hand, he told CP3 that he had achieved precisely nothing to date... that same snipe that is whispered around the league about him and fuels his competitive fire.

Drawing up a parade route is his subtle way of telling the team: "I take the possibility of winning a championship very seriously, and I believe we have the talent to do it".

I've lost count of the times I've heard successful people say that the first step to success is belief and/or visualization. Maybe Doc is wrong and we just don't have the talent to go all the way... but if we do, Doc has thrown down the challenge to the team that he expects nothing less than them reaching their fullest potential.

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yup, the media praise is already there. its not doc's job to control their praises (of course not). but instead of reigning the players in, he's essentially feeding them more praise and indirectly giving them a false sense of entitlement.

parades are for those that like to pat themselves in the back and bask in the public's glory. that's external motivation. doc should be instilling in these players some sense of INTERNAL motivation. the type of motivation where you're doing your job well and with 100% focus not because there's some prize at the end, but because you genuinely want to be the best/do the best on a nightly basis.

otherwise, you come out on opening night and think you already won. then end up looking like a bunch of goofs for losing to a crap team's bench.

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I'm not sure if it's true... but I heard that the season that Boston won the ring in '08, Doc hid money in the Lockers in the visiting team locker room at Staples during a reg season game & told his team that they can have it if they get to the Finals because it was gonna go through the Lakers... sounds crazy but if its true, that tells us a lot about Doc's extreme motivational tactics.

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In Argentina we have a name for these kind of situations and phrases : "Smoke Selling". Things that some people say because they want to earn the fans heart before they actually DO something to earn them.

For instance, Idk, imagine Lou Amundson in his first game as a clipper makes a freebie and then kisses his jersey to show that he has a "clipper heart", or saying things like "I always wanted to be a clipper" when the guy is from...say , Idaho.

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Yea I'm sure we know better than doc what it takes

to motivate a team to a championship.......

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Turns out he did exactly the same thing upon arrival in Boston. Eight months later, they were driving that route with the Larry-O held high.

I like the idea even more now.

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/cli ... e-clippers

And @uncool... yes, that is true. He hid $2,600 in the ceiling tiles of the visitors' locker room at Staples during the regular season ($100 from every member of the Celtics traveling contingent) and told them the only way to get it back was if they played at Staples again that year.

The only way for them to make it back to Staples was to reach the finals.

They made the finals.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_d ... nba,245661

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So...anyone know the routes to the championship parade? Lol. Doc sure is a great motivator. I hope this really inspires the team. It would be one heck of a ride on that championship parade float. Go BIG, Clips!!!

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doc's championship came with one of the most motivated men on the planet in KG.

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