Chris Paul wanted Doc Rivers. The Clippers did too. Then they balked. Paul threatened to leave. The Clippers made it happen.

That's essentially the timeline of events that Bill Simmons laid out on Grantland yesterday.

To Chris Paul who basically told the Clippers that after they squashed the first incarnation of their Doc Rivers trade. Chris didn’t like that. He let them know he was heading to Houston to team up with Dwight. And he wasn’t kidding. For about 36 hours Morey probably felt like all 11 guys in “Ocean’s Eleven.” You know what happened next: The Clippers blinked the Doc trade got revived and finished and the Clippers were offering Chris 107 million reasons to play for him. Crisis averted. The lesson as always: Chris Paul runs the Clippers.