Doc Rivers details what Joakim Noah brings to Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers knows exactly what newly signed back-up center Joakim Noah brings to the table.
The second-ranked team in the Western Conference officially signed the 35-year-old slotman on Monday. On Tuesday, ahead of their game against the Golden State Warriors, Rivers offered his take on how Noah can help the Clippers on their title aspirations this season.
“Just a great veteran to have on the team. He’s been through the wars. He has the ability to give energy. He’s a phenomenal passer, great talker on defense,” Rivers said in a clip posted on the team’s official Twitter page.
“He's just a great veteran to have on the team. He’s been through the wars.”
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 11, 2020
Doc Rivers, of course, is no stranger to Joakim Noah’s tenacity on both ends of the floor, particularly during his early years with the Chicago Bulls. Rivers figured in several intense playoff matches against Noah and the Bulls during his coaching tenure with the Boston Celtics from 2004-2013.
The 58-year-old tactician, however, acknowledged that the 6-foot-11 energizer has not played in a year and fans should temper their expectations. Rivers then touched upon the possibility of Noah sharing some valuable wisdom to the Clippers’ current starting center Ivica Zubac.
“Obviously, Zu should ask him every question, every day, about everything. The guy has been through it all. So, i think he would be a great influence,” Rivers furthered.
Noah is a two-time All-Star and a former Defensive Player of the Year (2014), but he has fallen off the wagon in recent years due to numerous injuries. He made a comeback last season for the Memphis Grizzlies, notching 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 42 appearances.