Yes I'll be the first to congratulate M. Barnes on a well deserved payoff for his effort in 2012-2013. But what I believe a lot of so called fans are forgetting is that we had a roster that should have been in contention last year! Bad front office & coaching decisions cut our season to an end early! Blake should have never started a game after rolling an ankle! Odom should have been in the post more often than he was! Billups should have backed up W. Green during the playoffs! There are so many factors to why the Clips were bystanders instead of participants in the finals, but what I think everyone is missing is that we have a real coach to lean on in tense moments during the upcoming season. D.J. will be much better & I think will find his role under coach Rivers. Matt Barnes will be a good player no matter where he starts! I think L.O. Should resign for the minimum, & we should bring back R. Hollins, we need to stay tall and even look into signing free agent big man B. Mullens formerly of the bobcats. D. Collins could never replace all of the attributes that E. Bledsoe brought to the court but he is a guard that will have good defensive instincts, and make open jumpers. All I know is that this has been a great off-season for our front office! We finally rewarded our players for their contributions to our team, not for something that they accomplished on an opponent!
My proposed line-up for the start of 2013-14
& let's run with those guys and see if we can improve on our 56 win season. With Rivers drive the wagon I don't see why we couldn't add at least 10 more games to last seasons total wins, but hey you might call me a homer but I say the players can focus on playing & not on coaching/supervising one another on the court, unlike last year when we won games because of players, and lost them because of a coaching staff that wasn't flexible at all!