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In many ways, this summer is reminiscent of six years ago for Doc Rivers. He is rejuvenated, having taken a new position with the Clippers, and like he did in Boston in 2007, compiling players for a potential championship run.
Chris Paul re-signed. J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley were acquired. Matt Barnes came back. Darren Collison and Byron Mullens were added to an already talented core that includes Blake Griffin and even DeAndre Jordan.
The Clippers are supposed to win this season. Rivers is supposed to make the difference. He is earning $7 million per season, the same salary he had with the Celtics, and has been working feverishly to learn a new organization and devise ways to maximize its talent.