Doc Rivers Says 1 Player Should Get Jersey Retired By The Clippers First

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 17: Head coach Doc Rivers of the Milwaukee Bucks speaks to media at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on February 17, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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For many, many years, the Los Angeles Clippers were the NBA’s biggest laughingstock, but that changed about a decade ago when they became perennial contenders.

The first step in them finally gaining respect across the league was drafting center DeAndre Jordan in 2008 out of Texas A&M University.

Doc Rivers, who coached the Clippers for seven seasons starting in the 2013-14 campaign, says Jordan should be the first player who gets his jersey retired by the franchise, per NBACentral.

The Clippers will be moving into their own arena, the Intuit Dome, next season, and they will surely be looking to establish a true home-court advantage for perhaps the first time in their history.

Within a few years of entering the NBA, Jordan emerged as a fierce rebounder, shot-blocker, and overall defender, and he led the league in rebounding average twice while making the All-Star team during the 2016-17 season.

In 2009, the Clippers took power forward Blake Griffin, who would make the All-Star team six times, with the No. 1 pick in the draft, and two years later, future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul arrived via trade.

Soon afterward, they consistently finished with excellent regular-season records and were picked by some to reach the NBA Finals.

But something always seemed to go wrong for them in the playoffs, and they didn’t reach the Western Conference Finals as a unit.

But Jordan has continued to play in the NBA, despite seeing his role and playing time diminish, and he finally earned a world championship ring last year with the Denver Nuggets.


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