Doc Rivers has again said that when he watches his young center DeAndre Jordan play, he sees traits of the legendary NBA champion Bill Russell.
The Clippers coach states: “I genuinely see traits of Bill Russell,” without hesitation.
Rivers admits that Boston is the place that made him the man he is today.
So someone conceivably crafted by the Celtics tradition is very much aware of the esteem that franchise legend Bill Russell is held in, which makes his statements seem either very sincere or ludicrously obscure.
Since arriving in LA to coach the Clippers this season, DeAndre Jordan has become Doc Rivers' 'project'.
Doc can see the immense potential at his grasp, the physical tools of Jordan are unmistakable, the offensive skill and defensive awareness on the other hand are clearly lacking.
Even so, improvements are becoming evident in the slow progression for Jordan, he leads the league in rebounding and is fourth place in blocked shots.
“I genuinely see traits of Bill Russell. I didn’t say he was Bill Russell. I just think that’s a good thing. What do you see? You see block shots, he’s the (leading) rebounder in the league, he’s blocking everything that comes his way and he changes shots. That’s what Bill Russell does. So that’s been a good thing.” stated Rivers.
DeAndre Jordan will not be an All-Star this season but this type of comparison from his coach will surely spur the 6 ft 11 center on for the rest of the season, leading into the play-offs.