“We have to do a better job of getting him the ball on the post and activating him, maybe,” Rivers said. “Sometimes players need to be activated to get them going. So maybe that’s it. I don’t know. I’m reaching. We need him to be the best defensive player on our team at times, a better rebounder.
“It could be his confidence. Your hand is hurting when you come back, you’re scared to do things. He does still lose the ball a lot with that hand. Confidence has to be a factor.”
This sounds to me like a coach talking about a player he feels is still an important part of the team.