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Doc Rivers' challenge: Shaping deep, talented roster into championship threat

Doc Rivers has got a deep, talented roster to work with on the Los Angeles Clippers.

Now it's up to him to shape the group into a championship threat, something that has eluded the franchise during its entire existence.

The Clippers shed their spendthrift reputation to lure Rivers from Boston to coach Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the rest of a team that won 56 games last season. They ponied up to re-sign Paul to a $107 million deal as soon as free agency opened.

It's all part of a plan to parlay the team's minor playoff success the last two years into a sustained run toward the Clippers' first NBA title.