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Former Clippers player celebrates after Doc Rivers news

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Doc Rivers is no longer the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, and one of his former players is pretty excited about it despite no longer being in Los Angeles.

Brice Johnson, who was selected by the Clippers with the 25th overall pick in the 2016 draft out of UNC, took to Twitter to celebrate the news that Rivers and the Clips have parted ways.

Brice Johnson was a star in college, but he’s out of the NBA now. The power forward appeared in just 12 games with the Clippers before getting traded to the Detroit Pistons as part of the blockbuster Blake Griffin trade in January of 2018.

Johnson finished his Clippers career with averages of 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds in only 3.9 minutes per game. He clearly felt like he deserved more playing time under Doc Rivers.

The Pistons traded Johnson to the Memphis Grizzlies shortly after acquiring him from the Clippers. After playing in nine games with Memphis, Johnson was waived by the Grizzlies and he hasn’t found NBA work since then.

Rivers never guided the Clippers past the second round of the playoffs during his tenure in Los Angeles. The Chicago native also blew two 3-1 series leads, one in 2015 to the Houston Rockets and the other in the 2020 playoffs against the Denver Nuggets.

With the Clippers, Rivers went 356-208 in the regular season. He has the most wins in franchise history, but his lack of postseason success ultimately led to his demise.