Doc Rivers Lobbying For Chris Paul And DeAndre Jordan As All-Stars
One of Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers’ star players will start in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, Blake Griffin. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have been voted into the All-Star game for the past three seasons, but Stephen Curry rightfully has the nod as the West’s starting point guard and overall leading vote getter.
Rivers is literally making cases for both Paul and DeAndre Jordan for his peers to vote them in as reserves for the West, via Mellissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times:
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he’s been making some phone calls to try to get the coaches to vote those guys in as reserves.
When asked how those conversations go, Rivers smiled.
“Well, there’s some begging,” he said. “I offer them food, drinks and all of that kind of stuff.”
Last year Rivers also did lobbying for DeAndre Jordan as an All-Star, but that attempt failed. It’s a bit strange to think that Doc is having to make a case for Chris Paul, but maybe not so much when you consider guards like Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and Klay Thompson are his competition to fill those guard reserve spots. An additional spot will be open due to Kobe Bryant‘s absence.
Jordan faces similar opposition as he did last year, with the likes of Dirk Nowitzki and LaMarcus Aldridge. We’ll see if Doc’s methods will pay off this time.