Clippers’ Doc Rivers becomes 7th coach to win 300 games with 2 or more teams
Didn't get to this earlier but tonight marked Doc Rivers' 300th win with the L.A. #Clippers. He became the 7th coach in NBA history to win at least 300 regular season games with two or more teams, according to the Elias.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) March 18, 2019
Rivers becomes just the seventh coach in NBA history to reach that milestone with two or more different organizations.
It was a storybook-type night that the Clippers head coach likely envisioned prior to the game: Coming out on the smart end of a hard-fought melee, with two teams trading buckets back and forth throughout its entirety.
“I can’t explain that game. It made no sense,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told the Associated Press. “The game was disjointed and it was a full of runs. The game was won, then it’s lost, or tied, and then we made a miracle shot.”
After getting tossed with Jim Boylen in Friday’s win against the Chicago Bulls, Rivers stuck around for the full 48 minutes in the Staples Center.
The game’s finale had its precarious moments for Rivers and the Clippers, as they allowed the Nets to go on a 10-0 run after being up 116-106 with just over a minute left.
Rivers took it as an opportunity to illustrate his coaching prowess in one play design — using Lou Williams’ excellent shooting ability to execute it.
Williams bolted to the top of the key on an inbound pass and let it fly as time expired— knocking it for the win.
Rivers, 57, joins the company of Phil Jackson (Bulls and Lakers), George Karl (Sonics and Nuggets), Dick Motta (Bulls and Mavericks), Don Nelson (Bucks, Mavericks, and Warriors), Pat Riley (Lakers and Heat) and Lenny Wilkens (Sonics, Cavaliers and Hawks) as coaches with 300 or more regular-season wins with two or more teams, per Associated Press.
His greatest tenure was winning 416 games, and a title in 2008 for the Boston Celtics– coaching Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo.
Doc Rivers has a career record of 887 wins and 654 losses in his 20 NBA seasons as a coach.