"I believe we can win a championship, yes, but we have a lot of work to do first," Rivers said.
A confident Rivers takes his team to San Diego this week for training camp, a difference in scenery and hopes this an opportunity for the team to bond.
"I look at our group and our team, and I think we have a chance to do something special. That excites you," said Rivers.
The Clippers signed Rivers to a 3 year, $21 million deal to not only to become head coach but senior vice president of basketball operations. Rivers agreed to a deal in June to become the Clippers next coach, if the Boston Celtics allowed him out of his contract. The deal also called for the Clippers to part with their first round 2015 draft pick.
"We have higher expectations for ourselves than anybody else. We don't have any championships. That's the goal. That's the bottom line. We haven't really accomplished anything yet. Our whole goal is to accomplish that," said Griffin.
Chris Paul recalled a moment where Doc Rivers gave him some tough, yet solid wisdom that continues to resonate with him, and keeps him focused.
"He told me I hadn't done anything in this league, and he was right. You don't always want somebody who's going to tell you everything you want to hear," said Paul.
Excited in his return to Los Angeles, former UCLA Bruin Darren Collison is looking forward to the season with Rivers and Paul.
"Great to be here, it is a dream come true to play in this city," said Collison. "Chris is a big brother and a guy I've worked with ever since I came into the league. Now I can help him a lot on defense, and just be better with my game."
Paul made it known how he felt about their revamped bench that might one of the best in the league.
"Our bench got even better, we still have Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Ryan Hollins... picked up JJ Reddick, and Chris Dudley. But the big pick up was Darren Collison."
The key players that will have to flourish and step up in this new system will have to be DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Jordan shot a terrible 39% free throw shooting last season, and had to be pulled many times in the fourth quarter. Jordan is immensely talented could become a premier shot blocker and defender in this league.
"I stressed to DJ that he needs to work on his free throw shooting and staying in the game in the fourth quarter on the defensive end will be key for us," said Matt Barnes.
With a lot riding on this team this season, the Clippers have a great opportunity to make a powerful statement, not just in Los Angeles, but across the league.
"I would rather be with a group that has high expectations than a group that doesn't," Rivers said.