Doc Rivers unsure of future with L.A. Clippers
A 42-40 season was Doc Rivers’ 11th in a row above the .500 mark, yet surprisingly not enough to make the playoffs for the first time in that stretch.
With a completely different-looking roster and new pieces to work with, Rivers worked tirelessly to keep the team afloat despite the many changes in the lineup, but the plague of injuries marring the team dropped his L.A. Clippers out of playoff contention after losing six of their last seven games, including the last four.
This has floated the question of how long he will remain at the helm of this team, after signing a five-year, $50 million contract to stay with the team in 2014.
“I don’t know what to do tomorrow,” said Rivers before a season-ending 115-100 loss to the Lakers, according to ESPN.
“I love what I do, but that doesn’t mean that you keep doing it every year, do you know what I mean? I can’t even answer the question. I love where we’re at as a franchise. I will say that. I would honestly say that a year ago, I don’t know if I would have had that same feeling.”
How quick has a year gone by?
It was only nine months ago that Blake Griffin was sporting a spanking-new five-year, $173 million deal after Rivers gave up his role as president of basketball operations to focus on coaching the team full-time.
Only 49 games later, the Clippers had shipped Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, now with only DeAndre Jordan as the lone remaining starter from the prior season.
The inconsistencies and the injuries have compounded in perhaps the most disappointing stint of Rivers’ career, with rumors of being considered by the New York Knicks for their coaching vacancy, if he is to become available.