By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It was a long up and down road for the Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers. He came to Los Angeles after eight years with the Boston Celtics and winning a world title in 2008.
Clipper Chairman Steve Ballmer and Rivers have reached a mutual decision that Rivers will step down as head coach of the L.A. Clippers.
Rivers had become a fixture here in Los Angeles in the community and around the League.
“Doc has been a terrific coach for the Clippers, an incredible ambassador, and a pillar of strength during tumultuous times,” Ballmer said. “He won a heck of a lot of games and laid a foundation for this franchise.”
Rivers, 58, was the most successful head coach in Clippers history, compiling a record of 356-208 over seven seasons. Under his direction, the Clippers made the playoffs six times and reached the Western Conference semifinals in 2020, 2015, and 2014 before arriving in Los Angeles in 2013.
“I am immeasurably grateful to Doc for his commitment and contributions to the Clippers and the city of Los Angeles,” Ballmer added. “I am also extremely confident in our front office and our players. We will find the right coach to lead us forward and help us reach our ultimate goals. We will begin the search and interview process immediately.”
Rivers was a big part of getting players and the community to vote. He created a players awareness on voting throughout his tenure.
He drew praise from L. A. Rams head coach Sean McVay saying, “Doc was a great man for the City and a great man for the sport. We have had several conversations about coaching and many things. He will be great for the next team he coaches if he chooses to do that.”