Temple is loving his life as a Clipper and on the NBPA
Garrett Temple is loving his transition to the Los Angeles Clippers. And head coach Doc Rivers, being a players first coach makes it easier for Temple to get adjusted to the well-organized Clippers team chemistry. It’s always welcoming when a coach knows how to communicate effectively and let the players know exactly what he expects from them. Playing for a team full of humble players has made joining the Clippers a great joy for Temple as well. Many guys don’t have that luxury when traded, so that makes it that much more special for him.
“It’s been good. Doc is a veteran coach that knows how to communicate and let you know what your role on the team is. This team no has egos man.”
- On Doc Rivers and his impact at the LA Clippers
When Temple was asked how the Clippers transition has been for him, he stated “It’s been good. Doc is a veteran coach that knows how to communicate and let you know what your role on the team is. This team no has egos man. I’ve kind of fit in seamlessly and I understand what I have to do coming off the bench.”
In his short time with the Clippers Garrett Temple got the opportunity to share a historical moment with teammate Lou Williams who recently set the record for most points coming off the bench in NBA history. Temple was truly ecstatic to be a part of that moment in time. Jokingly, he said, “Like I told somebody, it's a lot more fun being on Lou Will’s team than having to guard him”
“The first few minutes he was hitting, you knew it was going to be one of those nights.”
- Temple on Lou Williams breaking Dell Curry’s record
When asked how does it feel to be a part of that moment with Lou Williams, Temple responded, “It’s crazy, we knew he was close to it. He let me know he was going to go ahead and try to get it. You know what I’m saying. The first few minutes he was hitting, you knew it was going to be one of those nights. I’m just happy for him. Humble guy, killer though. I don’t know too many more that could have done it like him. And this debate about Sixth Man of the Year. I don’t think it’s a debate at all”
Garrett Temple is not only a forward for the Clippers but also the VP of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). This is a prime example of maximizing your time in the NBA and exercising leadership capabilities. And what an experience it can be to learn from veteran point guard Chris Paul, who is the President of NBPA. Chris Paul also played for Doc Rivers & the Clippers from 2011-2017. Temple spoke on his NBPA experience and some of the things they have coming up, “Experience is great, I used to go to a lot of meetings when I was younger. To be on the board is (a) great, great honour for me. We’re continuing to talk. It’s really no negotiations going on right now. Obviously we are talking about the age limit and things of that nature. Whether we are going to allow players to come in earlier or keep it the way it is. That’s the things we are discussing right now.”
Being on the NBPA board, Temple has the opportunity to make significant changes in the NBA. Over the years there have been various discussions on whether players should have the freedom to skip college and go straight to the NBA. Clippers coach Rivers shared his thoughts on players coming in the NBA as well, “I think there (are) certain players that deserve to come to the NBA and there’s a lot of them that shouldn’t come. I’m a believer in freedom overall. I’ve always stated that. I can go to the war at 18 (years-old), sometimes I can get drafted at 18 to go to the war. I should be able to do what I want as far as work. Most people do it. I can name all of the college dropouts that have become billionaires. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it, but the rules are the rules. I’m fine with that as well.”
It’s obvious Garrett Temple is in one of the best positions in his career right now to play for an ‘on the rise’ team such as the Los Angeles Clippers, seek wise counsel from Doc Rivers, and make things happen as VP of the NBPA.