While Doc Rivers isn’t known for having a spotless head-coaching tenure, his long and storied career is, no doubt, one of the best in the league. And after leading the Boston Celtics to a championship in 2008, his legacy only increased.

But one of the best aspects of Doc’s career isn’t just his ’08 Championship… it’s also his consistency. Somehow, year after year, he keeps his teams relevant despite whatever circumstance they are facing. If you ask him, though, he gives all the credit to the players:

“I’ve coached a long time, 18 years or something. I think I’ve had one or two losing seasons. This should’ve been the third one and somehow it isn’t… I’ve gotten a lot of credit. I’m telling you it’s the guys. It’s easy to look good when you have a bunch of guys who are easy to coach.”

This season, the Clippers haven’t been particularly glamorous. Still, they’ve managed to hold the fort. And as they reforge their future, they’ll no doubt look to keep their consistent streak of respectability.

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