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Clippers coach Doc Rivers says ‘Lob City’ group never understood urgency to win

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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers says the “Lob City” group — headlined by Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan — never understood the urgency to win.

Paul, Griffin and Jordan never led the Clippers past the second round of the playoffs. LAC is title contenders for the first time in franchise history with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the fold.

Rivers can’t wait to coach this new group.

“I never felt like I could get that group [the Lob City group] to understand that this was their time, the urgency of it,” Rivers said, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. “When we beat Golden State [in the 2013-14 playoffs], that following year, Golden State decided this was their time. I don’t think we decided that. We just showed up and wanted to try to win. But that’s not enough.

“So I view this as another opportunity to win it. And let’s be honest: You don’t have a lot of opportunities to actually win it. When you have that, you take advantage of it.”

The “Lob City” era was fun to watch. However, the Clippers never lived up to expectations with CP3, Blake and DeAndre, and had locker room issues behind the scenes.

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are unselfish superstars and will lead the Clippers the right way. Both stars said they wanted to play for a championship coach like Doc Rivers.