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Report: Doc Rivers won’t work for Donald Sterling anymore

Apr 29, 2014, 8:59 AM EDT

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Publicly, Doc Rivers has said he’s unsure whether he’d continue working for Donald Sterling after this season.

Privately, it sounds as if he’s made his decision.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Rivers will never return as president and coach under Sterling, sources told Yahoo Sports, and that’ll start the beginning of a player mutiny that could result with several top Clippers also demanding out of the franchise.

I can understand whatever Rivers decides.

From a basketball standpoint, this is a great job. Rivers makes $7 million per year, coaches a championship-caliber team and has front-office control. Why should he throw that away because a boss he doesn’t necessarily interact with frequently allegedly said racist things?

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On the other hand, why should Rivers help make money for that man? The proud Rivers doesn’t need to align himself with people like Sterling.

There is no easy answer here, and I’m sure Rivers grappled with his choice. I can’t imagine the difficulty of facing the dilemma.

As a curiosity, how would Rivers judge working for a Sterling-owned Clippers franchise if Sterling is suspended? If Sterling still owns the team but states an intention to sell? There are gray areas coming, and Rivers deciding not to work for Sterling is only a step before the coach must address other contingencies.

  1. redbaronx - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    For all of you guys reading Forbes at $600 Million for the Clippers and saying “oh but they live in LA” I’ve got news for you. Valuations are based on perception. If a new potential owner thinks they can fleece Donald Stirling and the franchise loses value by the day, that # is going to go DOWN. Then there’s the issue of pending litigation because you know Stirling will sue the other NBA owners that are likely to try to force him out.

    Like I said earlier….$400 million is probably what it will go for if the owners find a way to force a sale.

    • jollyjoker2 - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      If sterling sells NOW …he has a billion dollar franchise.. If he waits and this doesn’t blow over like most things do in America after a week it might be 600 million.. I would bet 6 months from now, no one will remember this story and this guy will come up with some lame apology and they will hug and kiss and all will be better. Just how things work among the billionaires.

      • redbaronx - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        @jollyjoker2 – I don’t know where you get 1 billion. Stephen A. Smith??? Forbes lists it at 575 mil, and that was before any of this.

        As for this story being forgotten and the owners kissing making up….uh…not going to happen! That’s an alternate reality you live in. Other 30 owners aren’t going to let one owner destroy the NBA. Not going to happen.

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