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LA Clippers will have their hands full in Sacramento

first_imgThere has been so much talk about how strong the Western Conference is, how its elite teams got stronger over the summer by adding solid players. The Sacramento Kings have typically not been mentioned in that group, but they don’t look too shabby on paper.The Clippers on Wednesday night open their season at Sacramento. The Kings traded away power forward Jason Thompson in the off-season, but they signed free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo. They also signed small forward Marco Belinelli.Add them to center DeMarcus Cousins, small forward Rudy Gay and guard Darren Collison, and they appear formidable.“I think they’re going to be a good team this year,” Clippers point guard Chris Paul said Tuesday at practice. “They’ve got Rondo now leading them, DeMarcus Cousins keeps getting better year in and year out. They added Marco Belinelli and they’ve got Rudy, who they’ll probably play through most nights. They’re a better team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rondo left Dallas on less-than-terrific terms. Near the end of his one season there, he was given a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team after a shouting match with coach Rick Carlisle.Clippers forward Paul Pierce, who played with Rondo when they were members of the Boston Celtics, believes his former teammate will be raring to go.“Rajon, you’ve gotta feel like he has something to prove this year, so you’ve gotta expect his best, especially with the way things ended in Dallas last year,” Pierce said.Coach Doc Rivers believes Sacramento can make a push for the postseason.“Yeah, yeah, I do,” Rivers said. “I mean, they are really talented. And when you have a really talented team with length — like, they’re a really long basketball team — then they’re going to create some problems.”center_img In other words, this opener doesn’t figure to be a cake walk for the Clippers.An 18th season could be it for PiercePierce is entering his 18th season, his first for the Clippers. Out of Inglewood, he has often talked about how cool it would be for him to end his career in Los Angeles.“I don’t really know,” he said, when asked about the anticipation of playing at home. “It hasn’t really hit me yet. I think I probably got a lot of the jitterbugs out during preseason, so excited to get the season started, I guess, and, you know, counting down my last days.”Doc on TwitterRivers has officially joined the ranks of Twitter users. He sent out his first tweet on Monday. It read, “Hello, Twitter world! Thanks to @PhilJackson11 who suggested I try this.”Rivers told reporters all about it Tuesday. He said it was indeed former Lakers coach Phil Jackson who is responsible for getting him on the social media trail.“A year ago, maybe two years ago, we were in the gym here and he came in just watching us,” Rivers said. “And, in Phil’s way, ‘You gotta get on Twitter.’ And I kept saying, ‘I can get in a lot of trouble on Twitter.’ And he said, ‘No, you won’t. Trust me. You’ll have control.’“And I said, ‘You don’t know me that well.’ He even said it at a clinic last year, as well, that he thought more coaches should do it. And so I thought about it from that day. It took me two years, a year and a half, to actually follow through on it.”Rivers indicated he won’t tweet much, but that he will send out his own tweets. He’s licking his lips.“After the games, I’m going to blast reporters,” he said. “From this day forward, whoever asks the worst question, I’m blasting. Is that fair?”Reporters answered in the affirmative.Rivers’ handle is @DocRivers.last_img

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