Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers stepped down from his publish following a disappointing finish to their season which noticed them blow a three-one lead in a Western Conference 2nd-round series towards the Denver Nuggets. Denver won the last 3 video games.
Rivers went 356-208 more than seven seasons with the Clippers, taking them to the West 2nd round 3 occasions. But the franchise has by no means produced the conference finals, and going -three in opportunity to get there this 12 months was a devastating blow.
“Doc has been a terrific coach for the Clippers, an extraordinary ambassador, and a pillar of power throughout tumultuous occasions. He won a heck of a great deal of video games and laid a basis for this franchise,” Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer mentioned in a statement.
New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers have by now proven curiosity in roping in the 58-12 months-previous, who has previously coached Orlando Magic (1999-2003) and Boston Celtics (2004-2013) just before coming to the Clippers.
“When I took this occupation, my targets have been to make this a winning basketball system, a totally free agent location, and carry a championship to this organization.
“Even though I was ready to achieve most of my targets, I will not be ready to see them all by way of. Even though it was a disappointing ending to our season … I know what this staff is capable of accomplishing,” Rivers mentioned in a statement posted on Twitter.
The Clippers have been viewed as large disappointments in the NBA playoffs due to the collapse towards the Nuggets.
The last 3 setbacks have been unsightly as Los Angeles led by as quite a few as sixteen, 19 and twelve factors, respectively, in the losses.
The Clippers have been forecasted to contend for the NBA title following landing All-Star forwards Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the summer time of 2019.
But the staff was reportedly dealing with chemistry concerns throughout their postseason keep at the “bubble” close to Orlando. Veteran guard Lou Williams publicly cited the chemistry as an challenge following the Game seven reduction to the Nuggets.
The Clippers went 49-23 in the typical season, the fourth-finest record in franchise historical past. Rivers has been the coach in 5 of the Clippers’ 6 finest typical seasons.