Chris Paul runs the Los Angeles Clippers. You know this. I know this. But in case you need just a little more proof, Bill Simmons of Grantland provides a tale of how Chris Paul ultimately made the Clippers pony up for Doc Rivers.
I’m sure you recall the back and forth that went on between the Celtics and Clippers regarding Rivers leaving Boston to take over the Clippers. I’m sure you also recall that at one point, the talks had pretty much died. But all of sudden, talks resumed and Rivers was on his way to LA.
So what happened to make the talks resume all of a sudden? Simmons says it was Paul threatening to sign with the Rockets if Rivers wasn’t going to be the head coach of the Clippers.
To Chris Paul, who basically told the Clippers that after they squashed the first incarnation of their Doc Rivers trade. Chris didn’t like that. He let them know he was heading to Houston to team up with Dwight. And he wasn’t kidding. For about 36 hours, Morey probably felt like all 11 guys in Ocean’s Eleven. You know what happened next: The Clippers blinked, the Doc trade got revived and finished, and the Clippers were offering Chris 107 million reasons to play for him. Crisis averted. The lesson, as always: Chris Paul runs the Clippers.
Indeed he does.