Report: Doc Rivers, Clippers part ways
Coach Doc Rivers is out with the Clippers, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 28, 2020
The Clippers lost to the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2020 playoffs despite holding a 3-1 series lead. Doc Rivers has never guided the Clippers past the second round and now he’s out.
LAC was the favorite to win the championship at Walt Disney World with All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George leading the way. However, the team pulled off an epic choke job against the Nuggets and it cost Rivers his job.
Rivers went 356-208 with the Clippers in the regular season and 27-32 in the playoffs. He was never able to make the proper in-game adjustments when it really mattered and blew two 3-1 series deficits with the franchise, with the first one coming in the 2015 Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets during the Lob City era of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan.
Multiple reports during the summer of 2019 stated that Leonard signed with the Clippers because he wanted to play for Rivers. It’s going to be very interesting to see who owner Steve Ballmer decides to hire now that Rivers is out.
Is Rivers a good NBA coach? Yes. After all, he won the 2008 title with the Boston Celtics. However, he never had postseason success with the Clippers and failed to win with the Lob City era team and the 2019-20 squad with Leonard and George, who are two of the best players in the NBA.