After seven straight seasons, The Los Angeles Clippers has fired Doc Rivers as their head coach, just two weeks after being so close to reach the NBA Finals with a 3-1 lead advantage but still blew the semifinals series lead to the Denver Nuggets.
Rivers posted a statement on Twitter shortly after the announcement. you also can see our latest baskeball news about Mark Cuban picks up former NBA player Delonte West at gas station offering help at here!
This was the third time Rivers saw one of his teams waste a 3-1 series lead. It also happened with eighth-seeded Orlando against top-seeded Detroit in 2003, and with the Clippers against Houston in 2015.
Rivers have led the team to a 49-23 regular season record this year, which attained them the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
He spent seven seasons with the franchise, and managed to have an overall record of 356 wins, and208 losses. Unfortunately, Rivers was unable to get the Clippers reach the Western Conference Finals, in which the franchise has still yet to accomplish in its history.
“Doc has been a terrific coach for the Clippers, an incredible ambassador, and a pillar of strength during tumultuous times,” Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “He won a heck of a lot of games and laid a foundation for this franchise.”
The Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers, and New Orleans Pelicans each currently have head coaching vacancies. It’ll be interesting to see where Rivers ends up if he decides to continue his coaching career.
Sam Cassell and Tyronn Lue were both assistants on this Clippers team under Rivers. Lue already has won an NBA title in Cleveland, and Rivers has long said that Cassell is ready to become a head coach. It’s possible they could be among the candidates to take over.