Doc Rivers Rumors
Although nothing has been made official, all indications are that Rivers and Ballmer have reached an agreement on a multiyear extension that will keep Rivers here for a remodeling job that will begin soon. This is big. This is cornerstone big. This is the Clippers setting the foundation for the post Lob City era with a guy who is coaching even better now than when he led them through the Donald Sterling crisis upon his arrival five years ago.
The extension of Rivers’ contract will be his next big move, and here’s guessing it won’t be his last. “It feels like the start of something,” Rivers said this week. “I feel like we’re on a level playing field, not only on the floor, but off the floor. Steve understands what it takes to make an organization solid, he wants to do the right thing”
Rondo thrived under then-Celtics coach Doc Rivers because he was able to call most of the offensive plays. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, however, preferred to run the offense. Rondo and Carlisle didn’t see eye to eye and quickly butted heads. The Mavericks suspended Rondo for one game for conduct detrimental to the team after a shouting match with Carlisle over play-calling responsibilities. Rondo was benched after Game 2 of a 2015 first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Rondo and the Mavericks mutually decided to part ways. “[The negativity] started in Dallas,” Rondo said. “Things didn’t go great in Dallas. I think I rebounded pretty well from that.”
According to an NBA source, Knicks president Steve Mills and Perry are not ruling out interviewing an 11th candidate, though no one is on the docket. That could mean Rivers — or Portland’s Terry Stotts — still is on their radar. Stotts is reportedly on shaky ground after getting swept in the first round by the Pelicans.
The Knicks, according to a source, have already reached out to Jerry Stackhouse’s representatives and similar calls are expected to be placed with Mark Jackson, David Fizdale, David Blatt, Jay Wright and perhaps both Jeff Van Gundy and Doc Rivers.