Found July 03, 2013 on
Los Angeles Clippers
It’s been a little over a week since Doc Rivers forced his way out of Boston.
Scouring the internet, it isn’t hard to find fans and media alike singing the praises of Doc. Many claim his time was up and that he had every right to move on. Some even see him as the savior of a storied franchise that had been tarnished and dragged through the mud for over two decades.
I remember it quite differently.
Through my eyes, I see a coach who hid behind a starting lineup that featured three, maybe four, future first-ballot Hall of Famers. I see a coach who saw an opportunity to prove his coaching grit, but instead chose the easy way out. I see a coach who cares more about salvaging his reputation than being honest.
But most of all, I see a coward.
Doc knew full well what he was getting himself into when he inked a five-year extension with the Celtics back in the spring of 2011. At the time, Kevin Garnett was 35, Paul Pierce was turning 34 and Ray Allen was closing in on 35. The chances an...
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Yet another surprise in an eventful NBA off season.
If you haven’t heard, the Clippers pulled off a three-team trade with the Suns and Bucks that netted them J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. Most analysts view this as a great deal for the Clippers.
It appears Doc Rivers was instrumental in luring Redick to Los Angeles.
Oh Doc, you’re one sexy beast.
I hope J.J. left a tip on the nightstand.
The Boston Celtics announced on Wednesday that they have hired Brad Stevens as their new head coach, replacing Doc Rivers. The Celtics operated in completely stealth manner; there were no reports about them pursuing any candidates much less nearing a hire. “Brad and I share a lot of the same values,” said Celtics President of [...]
The Boston Celtics signed Brad Stevens to a six year, $22 million contract, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2013
Lots of money there. Still almost a 50% savings from Doc Rivers.
Doc Rivers knows what it’s like to be an NBA point guard. Perhaps that is why he is so patient with them, which is a good thing. Patience is a virtue Rivers will need with the Clippers.
In one of the overlooked aspects of the coach’s move west, Rivers traded one mercurial point guard, Rajon Rondo, for another, Chris Paul. Rivers went to great lengths to convince people that his...
On the day he was officially hired as the Clippers' new head coach, Doc Rivers insisted he was content with the team he inherited. But he also knew it was subject to change.
The Clippers had needs, and Tuesday they appeared to solve two of them.
They had to deal away their most valuable trade chip in dynamic point guard Eric Bledsoe, but that's the cost of doing business...
Finally, our long national nightmare is over! ESPN’s Bill Simmons and former Celtics (now Clippers) head coach Doc Rivers went at each other last week — both on air and in the Twittersphere — over Simmons’ relentless accusations that Rivers quit on the Celtics. The feud reached its apex Friday when Simmons called out Rivers (using his first name, Glenn) over false claims...
In the past week, the Boston Celtics have experienced an overwhelming amount of changes. Doc Rivers was formally introduced as the Los Angeles Clippers head coach and Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry were all traded to the Brooklyn Nets. It’s a lot to digest but when the deal to Brooklyn officially goes through [...]
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Bill Simmons has had the Midas touch during his ESPN tenure but his standoff with Doc Rivers showed a potential unintended consequence that may plague ESPN long after his departure.