Doc Rivers says Danilo Gallinari is the ‘most emotionless guy I’ve ever coached’
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been an NBA coach for the last 20 seasons. He’s seen many players come and go, good and bad, loud and quiet. But not many NBA players don’t show emotion, whether or anger or pride, in their work on the floor. It’s the end result of success in most cases. But not in all.
He told Mile High Sports’ Duvalier Johnson that most emotionless player that he’s ever coached is Danilo Gallinari.
Rivers said about his potential return that he’d be shocked if showed any emotion at all:
“That would be the first emotion I’ve ever seen from him. (He’s the) most emotional guy I’ve ever coached that’s that good. But plays with a fire in him.”
Gallinari has been one of the best players overall for the Clippers this season. Though the team doesn’t necessarily have an All-Star talent, they play some of the best team basketball in the entire NBA. It helps that their rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has played like a seasoned veteran. Two-time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams is on an excellent contract and is one of the best isolation scorers in the entire NBA.
Those factors, combined with the overall hustle play with Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers have proven themselves to be a very successful team this offseason.
The Clippers are now 24-16 on the season and currently sit in the 4th seed of the NBA’s Western Conference. It will be interesting to see if they can keep such high seeding in the coming months. They will face off next against the Denver Nuggets at home.