HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors

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Before his Clippers sent first-year coach Derek Fisher and the Knicks to their NBA-high 29th loss on Wednesday night, Rivers talked about enduring a 24-58 campaign in Boston in 2006-07 before the Celtics turned things around quickly and won the NBA title the following season. “I’ve gone through it, a lot of coaches have. It’s no fun,” Rivers said before the Clippers’ 99-78 victory. “It’s very difficult to not win. I don’t care what you’re in. You play tennis, golf, basketball, as a player or coach, no one wants to lose. And it’s hard, really hard on the coach. I’ve been thr.ough it. It’s very difficult and you have to try to stick to your guns, teach, and you almost are trying to teach a culture over winning. And that’s hard. None of us are built that way. I know I wasn’t. New York Daily News

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The Clippers were called for seven technical fouls, including five during the fourth quarter and three on the same sequence after center DeAndre Jordan told officials that Kenneth Faried knocked him in the head underneath the basket. "I just keep saying, 'Coaches and players get technicals for losing their composure,'" Rivers said afterward. "I don't know if we lost our composure today. I'm pretty sure we didn't." Los Angeles Times

Whether it was Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, Matt Barnes or DeAndre Jordan, the talk was about the officiating and how the Clippers felt like it was 5-on-8 at times. “It’s getting out of control, man,” Barnes said. “Some of the techs we got tonight were … I mean, we’ve got to do a better job of watching ourself, but I got a tech for saying, ‘He’s not shooting the ball.’ (Hedo Turkoglu) got a tech for saying, ‘That’s not a foul.’ I mean, this is just getting out of control, man. “They’re just whistle-happy.” Orange County Register

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Charlie Villanueva: On his decision process of choosing the Mavericks over the Clippers: "To be honest, when I was with coach [Rick] Carlisle it just seemed so real. He was speaking from the heart. That's what I loved about him. Obviously, his resume speaks for itself. Just sitting down to talk to him man to man. I was there for two days and he personally worked me out both days. It just showed how much he cared about his players and wants his players to be successful. The thing that he always said was like, if I did decide to come here that he would make sure that I would become a better player. Not to take nothing away from what the Clippers and Doc Rivers is doing, but it just felt right with Rick. It was just a feeling. I went with a feeling in my gut and I feel like I made the right move." Dallas Morning News

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Clippers' skipper Doc Rivers would prefer a NBA Championship but he'll settle for a boatload of cash ... he just scored an easy million after unloading his L.A. condo a year after buying. Rivers picked up the swanky Beverly West pad for just over $5.5M last year and 15 months later ... he passed it off for $6.5M. TMZ.com

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Though there's not a strong sense that the Clippers' executive machinery is well-oiled at present, there's still a healthy respect for Rivers' powers of persuasion. He might not spawn a managerial tree like the Spurs, but his arrival in Los Angeles guaranteed Paul's return. If every couple of years he can take Ubuntu into a conference room and sell a top-15 player on his vision, then who cares whether he ceded operational directives to Wohl, Eastman or Sacks? ESPN.com

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