Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Doc Rivers was understandably skeptical when the Los Angeles Clippers initially expressed interest in prying him away from the Celtics. Rivers spent one awful year with the Clippers as a player in the 1991-92 season, when the team went through three head coaches, several minor player revolts and still somehow made the playoffs, where they lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round. The Clippers organization was a mess, and Rivers knew it firsthand. Before Rivers could turn down the opportunity to coach Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, though, one of his former players stepped in. Grant Hill was a member of the Magic for three-plus injury-plagued seasons under Rivers, and concluded his 18-year NBA career with the Clippers this season. Hill’s message was that the Clippers have changed. “According to an involved source, it was Grant Hill who made the case for the Clippers, the team with which he spent his final season this past year,” wrote Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. “Hill, whose injuries threw a wrench in his and Rivers’ hopes when the two were with the Magic, told Doc to forget his old notions about the Clippers.” Hill apparently raved about the new practice facility and a more positive environment, from the players on up. In the process, he allayed many of Rivers’ fears about working under mercurial owner Donald Sterling. “What [Hill] said made a real difference,” the source said. Thus, the idea of coaching the Clips no longer seemed scary to Rivers, and the Celtics and Clippers began discussing terms of releasing him from his contract with Boston. Hill is retired now, so he will never return to TD Garden as a player. That is probably a good thing, because it appears Hill was the person who ultimately convinced Rivers the grass was greener somewhere other than with the Green. Celtics fans might not take too kindly to him for that.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Aaron Rodgers buys TVs for Packers teammates

Harbaugh smiled when asked about Michigan's bday tweet

Jackie Robinson West Little League accused of cheating

Police: Fire that burned down McClain's home 'suspicious'

Furniture store will refund purchases if OSU wins title

What each NFC team in the hunt should ask for from Santa

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Is SI ashamed to mention Jameis Winston on its cover?

Kobe Bryant disappointed Lakers didn't get Rajon Rondo

Niners OT Anthony Davis takes shot at offensive coordinator

Report: Josh Smith expected to sign with Rockets

Cullen Jenkins unhappy over his roughing the passer fine

Bochy: Peavy trade was best in-season move of 2014

Peyton Manning plans to be back with Broncos next year

WATCH: Blazers announcer botches Damian Lillard call

WATCH: P.K. Subban disguises himself, surprises kids for Xmas

Baseball cards: a fan's love for the ultimate stocking stuffer

Packers game is a career defining moment for Stafford

A look inside Jason Grilli's contract with the Braves

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

WATCH: Bahamas Bowl ends on insane Hail Mary play

Mike Yeo slams Wild for not having 'winner's attitude'

Michigan St. QB, Ohio State TE have awkward Twitter exchange

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Top storyline for each NFL Week 17 game

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WATCH: Announcer botches call

Police: McClain fire 'suspicious'

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

Bahamas Bowl ends on crazy Hail Mary

49ers OT Davis takes shot at coordinator

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Top storyline for each Week 17 game

40 great Christmas-related sports names

Nick Mangold and dealing with feelings as a sports fan

Ibaka, Aldridge ejected for scuffle

Baseball cards: a fan's love for the ultimate stocking stuffer

Nick Young on Kobe-less win: He needs to pass

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.