The L.A. Clippers on Friday morning announced the decision to remove the front office title from head coach Doc Rivers’ label of responsibility with the team.
In light of that, it is a route that current Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, who is a co-founder of Microsoft, told him to do back in 2014 when he bought the Clippers.
Blazers owner Paul Allen advised Ballmer upon buying Clippers to have separate head coach/front-office leader, but Ballmer didn't listen.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) August 4, 2017
Ballmer’s decision to ignore the advice of Allen has put the Clippers in a bit of bind with how things have shaken up following Chris Paul’s decision to push for a trade to the Houston Rockets. Although the franchise has been able to rebound smoothly, it won’t replace the loss of Paul from the mix of things.
It hasn’t been just that as L.A. has struggled to get over the hump in the playoff picture over the last several years with their talented nucleus. This was in part due to Rivers’ shortcomings as a general manager that didn’t bring in more help to break through in the playoffs.
Instead, the Clippers continually found different ways to fall short in the postseason that eventually led to Ballmer removing Rivers from that critical position. This should create an interesting dynamic moving forward with the front office having a new sense of direction with Rivers no longer part of that process.