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Doc Rivers explains how DeAndre Jordan has changed since the Olympics

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The Los Angeles Clippers are embarking on possibly the biggest season in the franchise's history.

They have three legitimate top-level stars on their books, but playoff troubles have stopped them reaching the heights everyone thinks they're capable of.

With Blake Griffin and Chris Paul facing free agency next summer, the franchise needs to prove they can compete at the highest level. Keeping their stars on the floor will be a start.

Head coach Doc Rivers believes DeAndre Jordan is the most important player for the organisation this summer and the former title-winner - with the Boston Celtics - believes the Olympics have had a positive effect on the center.

Rivers thinks the tournament in Brazil has finally convinced Jordan that he is a star, saying: “He sees himself now as a star.

Basketball - Olympics: Day 16

“As good as he is, I don’t think he’s ever seen himself as one. He’s always been the third guy so he’s looked at himself as a role player in some ways. Now he knows how good he is and I think any time you’re around winning, it’s important, and I think DJ now knows what winning looks like.

“Of all our guys, I think he’s the most important guy this summer for us.”

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