Skip to main content

“HE THOUGHT HE WAS OK” Doc Rivers fired from the Clippers


Steve Ballmer called it a "mutual decision," but reports are coming out that Doc was surprised. The fact Rivers wasn't fired the same day the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead with this roster is a testament to his standing in the league. Almost any other coach would be out of there with the last whistle. Still, Doc didn't see this one coming.

This creates another major job opening and another desired coach on the market. The 76ers, Rockets, Thunder, Pelicans, Pacers, and Clippers are all looking for a coach. Rivers joins Mike D'Antoni, Jeff Van Gundy, and Ty Lue as potential candidates for the openings.

Rivers already received calls from the 76ers and Pelicans. His desire to get right back into the game is unknown, and this may be a rare occasion where he could get some time to make that decision. The beginning of 20/21 is not certain yet, and teams are not rushing to hire a head coach. The Pacers already interviewed 20 candidates, and are still surveying the field. If one of these teams believes Doc is the guy, he will have a bit of time to make up his mind.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

In Rivers' seven seasons at the helm, the Clippers went 356-208, winning 63.1% of their regular-season games -- the fifth-best record in the NBA and the best by any team without a conference finals appearance. That's stat is crucial - with Lob City and Kawhi & PG, Rivers never got the Clippers to the Conference Finals. Yes, injuries and the Warriors had a lot to do with that, but certain losses (blowing 3-1 vs. the Rockets comes to mind) can't be excused.

When it comes to the Clippers, this will be a crucial decision for the direction of the franchise. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George could leave after next year. Even Pandemic P would have to agree that makes it a championship or bust season. Ty Lue is an obvious candidate, as he was Doc's lead assistant this year, knows the team, and has championship experience. Jeff Van Gundy also got immediate traction with the vacancy. Mike D'Antoni would be hilarious, but I don't see it happening.

The main question here is how much do the Clippers want to accommodate Kawhi and Paul George in the coaching search. Kawhi famously told Ballmer Doc Rivers was one of the main reasons he came to the Clippers. They will surely run by the main candidates by Kawhi and PG, but it remains to be seen how much the fact they could leave after the next season influence the decision.


Skip Bayless takes a dig at Bronny James' monster dunk: "Your dad would have done it better!"

It seems like Skip is planting seeds to hate on the next generation of LeBron James and his family.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye

“Everyone loves this conversation, but stop it, because the things that you judge it by is never the same.” — Channing Frye hates the GOAT debate

Frye explains why Shaquille O'Neal's percieved value has depreciated over time because of the GOAT conversation.

Michigan State Spartans center Anthony Ianni and forward Draymond Green

Why ex-teammate Anthony Ianni calls his friendship with Draymond Green a blessing in disguise

A great story explaining why Draymond is beloved by teammates, despite his abrasive character.

Golden State Warriors head coach Keith Smart instructs point guard Stephen Curry

“He didn't believe that much in Steph and would bench him a lot” — Jeremy Lin opens up about the rocky relationship between Steph Curry and his former coach Keith Smart

During Steph's second year in the league, he was often yelled at, benched during the 4th quarter, and reprimanded by his former coach, Keith Smart.

Paul Westhead, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers

“When you try to reign in a 22-year-old elite athlete from pushing himself to be his best, you’re going to get conflict.” — Kareem weighs in on the Magic vs. Westhead issue

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar walked down memory lane and shared his take on the issue between Magic Johnson and Paul Westhead back in the day.