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Doc Rivers: Mountain Man

Clippers coach Doc Rivers reveals his secret to dealing with the rigors of an NBA season.

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Doc Rivers is plenty accomplished - an All-Star as a player and champion as a coach - but it wasn't until recently that he let us all in to one of the secrets of his success: aimless mountain excursions.

The Clippers haven't had an easy start to the regular season; they've had one of the league's most difficult schedules and have appeared to be working through the kinks of a defensive scheme change, bench overhaul, and injuries to Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. Doc has clearly had his work cut out for him in the early going, so he took advantage of the Clippers' recent four-day break to try and clear his head and get away from it all.

From Melissa Rohlin (LA Times):

"I go up mountains and drive. Really, I drive hours. Wherever I end up, I check into a hotel and they say ‘Hey, how are you doing? What are you doing up here?'"

Unorthodox? Yes. But, as they say, don't knock it 'til you try it. And don't worry, Clippers fans - he made sure to clarify that he watched plenty of game film, too. Let's hope Doc found a little magic atop one of those mountains that can help the Clippers, who have lost 4 of their last 6, turn things around.