Los Angeles Clippers it’s over. “data-reactid =” 16 “> Doc Rivers’ time with the Los Angeles Clippers is over.
Rivers is out as the Clippers’ head coach following their defeat in the Western Conference semifinals at Walt Disney World earlier this month, both he and the team announced Monday afternoon.
The decision, the team said in a statement, was mutual.
In the Clippers press release, he says “Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers have reached a mutual decision that Rivers will step down as head coach of the L.A. Clippers.”
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“Doc was a terrific coach for the Clippers, an incredible ambassador and a pillar of strength during tumultuous times,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer he said in a statement. “He has won a lot of games and laid the foundation for this franchise.
“I am immensely grateful to Doc for his commitment and contribution to the Clippers and the city of Los Angeles. I am also extremely confident in our front office and our players. “
Rivers had just wrapped up his seventh season with the organization, where he compiled an overall record of 356-208. They reached the postseason all season except one under his control, but never made it out of the semifinals.
“When I took this job, my goals were to make it a winning basketball program, a free agent destination and bring a championship to this organization,” Rivers said in a Twitter statement, in part. “Although I have been able to achieve most of my goals, I will not be able to complete them all.
“Even though it was a disappointing ending to our season, you are there and I know what this team can achieve with your support.”
Clippers rebounded from the playoffs after losing a 3-1 lead
Denver Nuggets earlier this month. “data-reactid =” 33 “> Rivers and the Clippers have nearly reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time in their tenure this season, as they achieved a massive 3-1 lead in their semifinal streak with Denver Nuggets earlier this month.
The Clippers, however, saw the lead disappear almost instantly. The Nuggets have recovered from double-digit holes in their last three games of that series to upset the Clippers and reach the final.
Orlando Magic in 2003. & nbsp; “data-reactid =” 35 “> Rivers is the only manager in league history to score a 3-1 lead three times in his career – he did so with the Clippers in 2015 and with the Orlando Magic in 2003.
Boston Celtics – where he won an NBA title in 2008 – before making the leap to Los Angeles in 2013. The 58-year-old was still two years old for his deal with the Clippers. “Data-reactid =” 36 “> Rivers spent five seasons with the Magic and nine seasons with the Boston Celtics – where he won an NBA title in 2008 – before making the leap to Los Angeles in 2013. The 58-year-old was two. remained for his deal with the Clippers.
Philadelphia 76ers is Pelicans of New Orleans – who recently separated from their respective coaches – they have reportedly already contacted him. The rockets and Indiana Pacers I’m still without a coach for next season. “data-reactid =” 37 “> Rivers likely won’t stay on the market for long. Both the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans, who recently split from their respective coaches, have reportedly already contacted him and also the Rockets and Indiana Pacers are still unmanaged for next season.
Houston Rockets is New York Knicks Coach Jeff Van Gundy are among the top candidates who will be considered to replace Rivers in Los Angeles. Van Gundy, 58, has been an NBA analyst for ESPN since 2007. “data-reactid =” 38 “> According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, both Ty Lue, assistant to the Clippers, and Jeff Van Gundy, former coach of the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks are among the top candidates to be considered replacing Rivers in Los Angeles. Van Gundy, 58, has been an NBA analyst for ESPN since 2007.
“We will find the right coach to move us forward and help us achieve our ultimate goals,” Ballmer said in a statement. “We will begin the research and interview process immediately.”