I appreciate a passive aggressive dig at a former coach/teammate/player as much as the next guy, but are we absolutely sure that's what this was? I'll admit I prematurely had visions of fire emojis dancing around in my head when I read the caption to that tweet, but I would be lying if I said I didn't feel a little disappointed after listening. Seriously, how the hell is Doc Rivers supposed to answer that question?
"Biggest difference in our style of play? Hm, what the fuck do you think?"
"Biggest difference in our style of play? We'll be much more dependent on players that are a bug bite away from the injured reserve."
"Biggest difference in our style of play? ::looks woefully down at the floor and quietly weeps::"
Saying that the Clippers will rely more on ball movement might sound like a shot at a guy that is one of the best passers of all time, but really it's just a glorification of an offensive strategy that could very easily turn out to be a disastrous downgrade. Did people want the coach of an NBA team to sit in front of fans and media members alike and tell them that this experiment, generously speaking, has about a 50% chance of blowing up in their face?
Of course the Clippers will move the ball more. Even if Blake Griffin turns out to be the unstoppable point forward that we all stared at in awe as he dominated the Spurs in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs, he's not going to be able to hold a candle to the basketball theologist known as "the point god". Milos Teodosic might make an international transition so smooth that it has 'The Office' hanging it's head in shame and he still wouldn't scrape Chris Paul's skill set. More Clippers will now touch the ball because they can no longer give it to one guy, say "make something good happen", and have that work out in their favor far more often than not. That's just a fact. It's a fact that comes off as a veiled insult when written without context, but it's a fact nonetheless.