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Doc Rivers may run basketball operations for Clippers in addition to becoming team’s head coach

Jun 24, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

Doc Rivers

Monday was supposed to be the day that the NBA approved the deal between the Celtics and Clippers that would allow Doc Rivers to coach in Los Angeles next season.

It hasn’t happened yet, but it isn’t because of a holdup on the league’s part. The deal has yet to be finalized and sent for approval, and the reason why may involve a much bigger role for Rivers with the Clippers beyond just being the team’s head coach.

A report from A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com states that the reason for the delay is due to the Clippers working through the details of Rivers’ new contract, and Mark Heisler (writing for Sports City) gives us some insight into the particulars.

SportsCity has learned Doc Rivers will not only become coach, he’ll take control of the basketball operation without title, like Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.

This would explain the reason for the holdup, and would obviously be huge news for the Clippers organization.

L.A.’s historically junior professional basketball team has lacked legitimacy essentially since the beginning of time. It’s been nothing but one losing season after another, until just recently.

With Blake Griffin and likely Chris Paul in the fold for seasons to come, along with the Kobe Bryant era coming to an end for the Lakers in the next couple of years, it appears the franchise is finally ready to take the necessary steps that could set them up to compete for multiple championships. Should that happen, the potential would be there to not only reach the demanding NBA fan base in Los Angeles, but to captivate them, as well.

Getting one of the league’s top five head coaches is a great start. But putting a tenured and respected person like Rivers in charge of personnel would spark an organizational culture change that would take things to another level entirely — as long as ownership stays out of the way and actually lets the basketball people make the basketball decisions.

  1. pmx8411 - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    He can also cook, clean and do laundry

    • money2long - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      knowing sterling and how he likes to save money, that wouldn’t surprise me if he asked rivers to do so. paying doc 7 mil probably hurt him, but losing chris paul would have hurt more.

  2. crimepedrankings - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I predict the 2015 pick sent to the Celtics will be a lottery pick.

  3. asimonetti88 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I got a call from a Clippers sales rep today about the opportunity for me and my clients to witness the Clippers’ upcoming “championship run”. Our office had a good time with that.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      LOL!!

  4. sportsnut101 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Clippers gonna trade Blake griffin n Jordan for Dwight. If Dwight wants to play with cp3

    Blake n Jordan make 30 mill total. Howard n cp3 would make 40

    I like Jordan energy on def n block shots I know he sucks at free throws but he can play so play him run plays for him.

    • bougin89 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      This makes no sense. I like a good debate on trades and making trades work in relation to the salary cap but this comment is so off I don’t know where to begin.

  5. kb2408 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Yeah, the West, Kareem, Magic and Shaq era’s all came to an end and the Clipper’s remained the j.v. squad in L.A. The Kobe era is ending but the next LAKERS superstar’s era hasn’t begun!! The LAKERS aren’t going anywhere. Doc doesn’t have KG, PP, Jesus Shuttlesworth and Rondo with him…let’s see how great of a coach he “really” is.

    • andyhr17 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      Maybe you didn’t pay attention this past season….

      • loungefly74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        no…i’m sure he did. the Clippers’ greatest season only lasted 5 more days than one of the Lakers’ worst seasons. put that in perspective.

        until the Clippers actually do something (hang a banner…heck, just get to the Finals!), they are still LA’s JV squad. One season does not erase 30 years of putrid performances.

        going to the Finals 16 times since 1980 is a pretty good track record. so…now, because the Clippers made a few moves we are to just throw everything out the window? who thinks like that? and i understand the Lakers have not played up to their standard the past few years…heck, i can spin that differently if i say the Lakers and now Miami have been the most successful teams in the NBA since 2008. thats only 6 season ago. i don’t expect the Lakers to win a title every year, only a fool would…but having high expectations every year is understandable…especially for Laker fans.

        Hey, how about them Celtics? (rolling eyes)

      • andyhr17 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        So you judge the Lakers off of their past, ignoring their current roster and salary cap issues…and then blast my Celtics off of what you perceive to be their future, ignoring their past success. You’re as “Fair and Balanced” as Fox News.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        oh…i get it, your Celtic’s are untouchable to any criticism. that was a tongue-in-cheek remark. how old are ya? jezuz.

        uh…no, dude…i am taking in consideration of all the issue…all types the Lakers have had the past 30 years…but because you now say they have cap issues, thats the end for the Lakers? c’mon, man. again, how old are ya? because if youre a kid. this conversation ends, ya sicko. ahh, i’m kidding.

        anyway, yeah, i know the next season can potentially be a huge disaster but who knows. going by their track record (again, history lesson here), they should be alright soon enough. no other team has been as successful as the Lakers since the modern era. lighten up, junior.

      • andyhr17 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        You need to calm down.

        nothing about my comment suggests I’m young. No idea what you’re reading into.

        Once again. Calm down.

  6. patfic15 - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Looks like CP3 got what he wanted…what kind of coach do you want again Chris? Maybe Cliff mentioned the cultural preference.

  7. elcapitanfiscal - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    The Godfather Don Paul is running things well, they don’t need doc to run the team.also

  8. smoothaswilkes - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Sterling did the same thing with Mike Dunleavy and we all know how that worked out.

    • badintent - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Did his son start or come off the bench ?

  9. ambitoos - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Just like the Celtics, the Lakers are an aged team. They don’t have the stamina to win another championship with the existing players. Until Kobe’s contract is up they can’t afford to even start rebuilding. I’m afraid the Clippers will be the team to rep LA for several years to come. Being from San Diego, I’m OK with that.

  10. flyrocket31 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    So, if the Celtics had just release/ fired Rivers and the Clippers sign him. then the clippers included the 1st Rd pick in with the deal to get kevin garnett. how would that be any different?….. it would be just one deal for garnett. and Rivers would have been released/ fired so it not a trade.

  11. spitfisher - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I’m sorry but who cares, what Doc rivers or any coach will be doing for any team,. This is news worthy? what ever became of just XX coach just signed for YY team.

  12. iowahbr - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    All the Rondo tension much have been too much, to drive him into the arms of Mr. Sterling. Coaching in the NBA is so much about egos rather than mere b-ball.

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