Doc Rivers fired as Los Angeles Clippers coach is the big headline today. One day after the Miami Heat clinched a NBA Finals berth with a Game 6 win over the Celtics. Two days earlier, Lebron James led the Lakers back to the Finals. The Clippers were picked by many to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. They fell to the Denver Nuggets after having a 3-1 series lead over them. The Clippers and Doc Rivers should have been facing the Heat. The expectations were huge to at least make their first ever Western Conference Finals. They fell well short of championship expectations after the team landed All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George last summer.
“Thank you Clipper Nation for allowing me to be your coach and for all your support in helping make this a winning franchise,” Rivers said in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday. “When I took this job, my goals were to make this a winning basketball program, a free agent destination, and bring a championship to this organization. “While I was able to accomplish most of my goals, I won’t be able to see them all through. Though it was a disappointing ending to our season, you are right there and I know what this team is capable of accomplishing with your support. “Thank you to all the players, coaches, and staff for helping us get here. Most importantly, thank you to the fans. We went through a lot, and I am grateful for my time here.”
Rivers is the only coach in NBA history to lose a 3-1 lead in three playoff series, having done so with the Clippers in the 2015 West semis against the Houston Rockets and with the Orlando Magic in the first round against the Detroit Pistons in 2003. Who will be the next coach for the Los Angeles Clippers? Will Doc Rivers be coaching again next season? If so, where do you see Doc Rivers coaching? Leave some feedback below about anything related to this news.