Clippers “mutually agree” to move on from Doc Rivers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Clippers have “mutually agreed” with head coach Doc Rivers to move in a different direction. He had been the team’s head coach for the past seven seasons.

The Clippers were eliminated in the playoffs in the Western Conference Semifinals by the Denver Nuggets. Los Angeles had a 3-1 lead following the fourth game of the series.

Former Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers questions a call during the 2020 Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets
Doc Rivers questions a call during the 2020 Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets (Photo by the Associated Press/Mark J. Terrill)

The Nuggets won the final three games of the series. Rivers then became the first coach in league history to blow three 3-1 leads.

“Doc has been a terrific coach for the Clippers, an incredible ambassador, and a pillar of strength during tumultuous times,” Clippers Owner/Chairman Steve Ballmer said. “He won a heck of a lot of games and laid a foundation for this franchise.”

He is the winningest head coach in team history. The 58-year-old had a 356-208 record during the regular season.

Rivers guided the team to six postseason playoff appearances. The Clippers have never advanced past the Western Conference Semifinals.

He guided his teams to three Western Conference Semifinals appearances in 2014, 2015, and 2020.

“I am immeasurably grateful to Doc for his commitment and contributions to the Clippers and the city of Los Angeles,” Ballmer added. “I am also extremely confident in our front office and our players. We will find the right coach to lead us forward and help us reach our ultimate goals. We will begin the search and interview process immediately.”

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