I know that I only live 4 hours from Las Vegas, but I’m not really a gambler. I sort of know how Blackjack works, but card games don’t really interest me, if I’m honest. And I can pour money into slot machines as well as the next person in the hopes of winning a Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville machine, but I very rarely win.
But betting on sports? That’s something I dig (although for the most part, I only bet amongst my friends and coworkers- my fantasy football team is going to be sick this year). And for those of you who also enjoy feeling the rush of excitement when you win a sports bet (not to mention the endless amount of trash-talking that it allows you), you will appreciate this next bit of news.
Simply because the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Doc Rivers, the odds for the Clippers to win the 2014 NBA Championship jumped from 15-1 to 10-1 on Pregame.com. According to the website’s founder, RJ Bell, only a few coaches would cause such a big jump in the numbers. And Doc Rivers is one of them.
After the move, the Clippers are only behind the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yes, you read that right. The Clippers’ odds have placed them above the San Antonio Spurs. You know, the team that just almost won the championship.
While I know all these preseason odds are, well, preseason, it’s interesting to see just how much a good coach can change the feeling toward a team. While I agree that Rivers is going to bring a lot to the Clippers team this year, it’s interesting to ask just how much a coach can bring.
What do you think, Hubsters? Can a coach really bring that much to a team? Let me know in the comments below!