Doc Rivers Rumors

They reached out to representatives of DeAndre Jordan, letting them know of their strong desire to re-sign one of the NBA’s top defensive centers and a cornerstone of their bid to become NBA title contenders. The Clippers will make a more formal pitch Thursday afternoon at the Beverly Hills offices of Jordan’s agents at Relativity Sports. A contingent of executives including team owner Steve Ballmer and Coach Doc Rivers is scheduled to attend the meeting and show a video highlighting Jordan’s seven seasons with the Clippers and the benefits of staying put.
The mother of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has died in Illinois. The Clippers say Bettye Rivers died Friday. The team didn’t release a cause of death or Bettye Rivers’ age. Clippers guard Austin Rivers, who is Doc’s son and Bettye’s grandson, posted a photo of the trio on his Instagram account. Austin Rivers wrote: ”We all loved you and will miss you. But you will always be in our hearts Bettye. May you RIP.” Bettye Rivers’ funeral service will be held next Thursday at the Second Baptist Church in Maywood, Illinois.
Ballmer noted that in the two previous summers, Rivers made personnel decisions without the benefit of ownership input. Ballmer said his presence this summer could help lend perspective to prospective moves. He said he continues to support the idea of one man running the entire team, from roster to floor, because his neighbor Pete Carroll has experienced success in that role with the Seattle Seahawks. “I like being able to have direct conversations with Doc,” Ballmer said. “This is the first year we really have a chance to see what Doc has got as [an executive]. I consider this his real coming-out party as an executive.”
Los Angeles Clippers president and head coach Doc Rivers could be in charge of a very different team if the Donald Sterling regime hadn’t gotten in the way of making moves two years ago. At least that’s what he said in a radio apperance on Tuesday. “This is really only my third year but you can make a case this is our second year if you know what I’m saying,” Rivers told Beast 980’s Fred Roggin. “If I someday wrote a book and told you a couple of the trades we had in the first year that we didn’t do because of other reasons, you would fall off your chair.”
Rivers, who led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA championship and to Game 7 of the Finals in 2010, said he still feels a strong bond with the organization. “It’s more because of the Celtics and more because of Red Auerbach,” Rivers said. “When you’re a Celtic, you become a Celtic, you stay a Celtic no matter where you’re at, and you always want them to do well. That’s what stood out for me there. When we won it, looking at Tommy Heinsohn almost in tears because we won, I thought was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I’ll never forget that and that will always be a part of me, so yeah, I want them to do great. Probably two games, I don’t. It is nice being in the West than in the East, then you can cheer for them a little bit more.”
“When you look at Scotty Brooks and what he did, and George Karl, Lionel Hollins, and then Tom, that’s the climate,” Rivers said. “Listen, we are in a tough profession and we know it when we take the job. It’s easier to change one [coach] than 12 [players] or 15, and it’s easier to change a coach than a front office. I think we all know that. That’s the way it’s always been and that’s the way it looks like it’s always going to be. But it’s tough and there’s a lot of good coaches losing their jobs over stuff. Usually it’s not in basketball. Part of it is relationship, but it’s got to be a two-way street. It’s just a tough atmosphere right now in that regard.”