Doc Rivers is not ready to leave Los Angeles, but he is willing to go. Rivers currently serves as head coach and president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Clippers. However, according to Clippers’ interim chief executive officer Richard Parsons, Rivers does not want to be the head coach if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.
In a California state court yesterday, Parsons said that Rivers has told him he wants to be a part of the Clippers organization, just not with Donald Sterling. The court was in session to resolve whether or not Shelly Sterling acted properly when she sold the Clippers without the consent of Donald Sterling.
Rivers’ potential departure would be a huge blow to a Clippers team that has grown significantly in the past few years. The Clippers have been on the verge of reaching the NBA Finals since point guard Chris Paul joined the team. The Clippers brought in Rivers with the intention that he would eventually lead the franchise to a championship.
Many of the Clippers’ sponsors voiced plans to end their relationship with the team if Sterling remains with the team as well.
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The Clippers are finally a top team in the NBA. With the core of the team being Paul and Blake Griffin, the finished third in the Western Conference last season. The addition of a few more pieces could make the Clippers a championship team. However, without Rivers, Los Angeles may face a small setback for the immediate future.