Doc Rivers Rumors
As for Doc Rivers, he’s done one of his best coaching jobs by keeping a depleted roster in the Western Conference playoff race in the post-Chris Paul era. If Rivers is out he may return to television although his name will surface in Orlando and New York should those jobs become available.
Rivers is one of several coaches with Knicks ties who could re-surface this summer. Mark Jackson would be in play for the Knicks job and is said to be interested in coaching again in the right situation. The same is true of Jeff Van Gundy, who is satisfying his coaching Jones by being in charge of the U.S. national team in qualification rounds.
After serving as team president in the NBA’s coveted “dual role” of lead basketball executive and head coach, Doc Rivers is now a mere mortal in the first chair, a job for which he’s under contract through the summer of 2019. Sources with knowledge of the Clippers’ thinking say owner Steve Ballmer is eager to see what Rivers can do as a coach with more limited talented. With the Clippers playing a spirited brand of basketball after (and even amid) their late-autumn swoon, the powers that be have entertained no serious thoughts of a midseason shakeup.
Austin Rivers knows what you think about him. Spoiled. Cocky. Entitled coach’s kid. Bust. “People can say whatever they want about me and my father [LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers],” the guard told ESPN during a lengthy interview Wednesday night. “I get it. I can even put my ego aside and understand why people don’t like the situation. When I was growing up and I’d see the coach’s son, you’d be like, ‘He sucks. He’s only on the team because of his dad.’ So I get it.”
He might even agree, to an extent, with those who see him that way. “People are like, ‘Well, his dad [Doc Rivers] gave him his chance.’ Is that true or not? I don’t know. It might be,” Austin Rivers said. “[But] could it be that my pops knew how good I could be because he’s my pops? “He told me on the phone [when the Clippers traded for him in 2015], ‘If it doesn’t work out, we’ll just cut ways at the end of the year, keep it clean, and you can go on and try to figure it out.'”
In a conversation with Ric Bucher, Barnes said that Rivers’ arrogant nature took some getting used to when the two players were teammates, and he can understand why players from other teams might want to pick a fight with the coach’s son. “He talks a lot of trash and doesn’t really back it up. I think people are probably tired of that.