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Lakers deny rumor they are waiting around for Doc Rivers to be coach

Jul 24, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

Like nature itself, the Internet abhors a vacuum.

So if a team leaves a vacuum of information on a topic — let’s say, just for example, the Lakers taking three months to hire a coach and not really speaking about it with the media — then the Internet and its vast array of users will fill in the gaps in information with rumor and speculation. Sometimes wild speculation.

The latest around the Lakers, as promoted by ESPN’s Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose: The Lakers haven’t hired a coach yet because they are waiting for Doc Rivers to leave the Clippers because of Donald Sterling, then come down the hall and coach the Lakers.

There are just so many things wrong with that.

First, the Lakers deny it, as reported by Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Daily News.

Amid all the unanswered questions who the Lakers will hire as their next head coach and when, two team sources strongly disputed that any delay stems from waiting out to see if Clippers coach Doc Rivers will become available because of embattled owner Donald Sterling prolonging a costly litigation battle.

Of course the Lakers deny it, you say, and you’re right they would.

The problem with the rumor after that is just logic.

From sources I spoke with the core of the Clippers — both players and staff — do not want to leave the organization. They realize they are contenders, a team with a legit title shot and a locker room where they like each other, and they do not want to blow it all up. Did the current CEO of the Clippers Dick Parsons say in the Sterling trial Rivers could leave if Donald Sterling were given control of the team? Yes. He’s trying to promote a doom and gloom scenario for the judge, he did that. All that doom and gloom is exactly why the league will never let Sterling be in charge of the team again (if he wins in court they just vote him out as an owner, throwing him out of the club, and that happens starting mid-September if the courts are still dragging out rulings).

But the bigger issue with this rumor is the Lakers’ side: With the Clippers Rivers is team president and coach, the guy with final say on player/personnel moves. Do you think Jim Buss is going to give up his job, step aside for Rivers and put someone in over long-time trusted Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak? Really?

The smart money is Byron Scott, he of the three interviews. The guy who sources said was the front runner from the start. Just a couple more and he should have the job.

  1. duhwighthoward - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    An armchair athlete and a drunkard. No one was going to take this seriously anyway.

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      This blog is terrible at predictions.

  2. cantonb0und13 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Lakers hire Kanye West as the next head coach please.

    • money2long - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Can someone hire this guy to stay off the website ?

      • cantonb0und13 - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        You know you love me. It’s okay to admit it.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      They are waiting around for Popovich and Duncan to leave San Antonio next year.

      • musician0785 - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Didn’t pop just sign an extension?

      • apkyletexas - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        It was supposed to be a joke.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Lakers fans lack a sense of humor when a joke is made about their team.

      • musician0785 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        Lakers fans lack a sense of humor when a joke is made about their team and it isn’t funny……

      • apkyletexas - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        If you think the Lakers are getting Pop and Duncan in 2015, then that IS funny…

      • billtetley53 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        No musician, you lack a sense of humor on everything.

        You must live a miserable life feeling you have to defend EVERY ant laker post.

        I will tell you what, your fanbase bought and paid for, all the greif you’re getting. Your. Fanbases unwarranted superiority complex and thinking you deserve a winner every year, like its a birthright has finally come back to haunt you. Not to mention all the bragging. 5 years and counting of average to below average lakers teams. Reap the whirlwind pissy eyes, you and uour fellow fans deserve it.)

      • musician0785 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        No one even mentioned the Lakers getting pop or Duncan besides you…

      • musician0785 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        You must live a miserable life feeling you have to respond to EVERY post I make….Unless I address you specifically….I knew you were a groupie

  3. k3nn3k - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Sorry Laker fans…not even in your wildest dreams does this scenario pan out. Look at what you’ve become, looking up to your big brother, the Clippers, for a handout.

    “But what if Doc decides to leave…he will obviously want to coach us right? RIGHT?! But we’re the Lakers!!!”

    • paleihe - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      I’m a weird, and rare, Clippers and Lakers fan, Clippers first.

      Having said that, Lakers fans aren’t waiting for Doc, neither are the Lakers. The Lakers aren’t “looking up to” the Clippers. That’s a ridiculous statement that makes us Clipper fans seem rather ignorant of history.

      • dablakdrphil - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        I am both a Lakers and Clippers fan (Lakers 1st) and you’re right, I would love to see who our coach will be. But they’re not even thinking about Doc.

        @Paleihe I will take a few down seasons when most of the past 40 years we have been pretty successful. Yes the Clippers are the better team but trust me we will never “look up” to the Clippers when they still have 16 banners to catch us. Hanging division banners are not important or else there would be no room for the Clippers to hang a banner because of the dominance of their division.

    • musician0785 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Big brother? Where do you people come up with this stuff? No championships (unless we’re counting divisional) Racist delusional owner…..I mean come on, 2 pretty good years preceded by 25 years of mediocrity doesn’t make you the big brother…..I remember in 2006 when the clippers were better too…..that didn’t last long did it? Win a ring or 2 and we can have this convo again….

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        25 years of mediocrity is being pretty generous. I would have gone with 25 years of total dumpster fire.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      please excuse k3nn3k. he suffers from a condition where he can only remember the last 2 years of NBA history.

    • mightbegoingtohellforthis - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      REMINDER: The Lakers are 98-36 vs the Clippers. The Lakers have won 11 championships since moving to Los Angeles, meanwhile the Clippers have won 0. The Lakers have won 32 Conference Titles, the Clippers have won 0. The Lakers have won their division 23 times, the Clippers have won it twice.

      Now, If you want to talk about handouts, let’s talk about how Chris Paul became a Clipper.

      • badge3832 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers from New Orleans.

    • k3nn3k - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Oh how the tables have turned Laker fans…look at how you feel the need to defend yourselves. Sports is a “what have you done for me lately” world…if it wasn’t then you must concede to Boston with having more rings than you. Not to mention that the Lakers and Boston are 2 of the oldest teams by far so they had many more years to develop and win championships…but no one likes to acknowledge that. Or that there were fewer teams to even beat back in the day…but I digress.

      You can “remind me” of history all you want…I know the history…but history does not dictate who will win this season. And I can tell you now that the Lakers will definitely not be winning any championships for a long long while.

      Where you at Laker fans?!

      • paleihe - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Holy goodness, you suck at being a troll.

        But, let’s talk about your point. The Buffalo Braves became an NBA team in 1970. They moved to SD in 1978 and became the Clippers. They moved to LA in 1984.

        The Clippers franchise started in 1970, we’re now in 2014. That’s 44 years.

        So in 44 years, the Clippers haven’t won jack. Nothing. In that same 44 year period, the Lakers have won 11 championships.

        The Clippers suck as a franchise, have from their very inception, and I still love them. But don’t compare them to the Lakers, schmuck. You’re making normal people like me look bad.

      • musician0785 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        “if it wasn’t then you must concede to Boston with having more rings than you.”

        Concede to Boston yes, to the clippers? HELL NO

      • k3nn3k - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Wow…do you realize that all of these replies still allude to the past? Laker fans hanging their hat on history.

        Live in the now Laker fans. You have disorganized ownership; Dr. Buss (RIP) is not coming back to work his magic; the Buss kids and Mitch don’t know what they’re doing, and can’t hire a coach; you have a max contract to an aging star that ties your hands on signing any free agents for 2 years …and the 2 years hasn’t even started yet; your big signings for the summer was a rookie, Jeremy Lin, and Carlos Boozer who was hoping to be picked up by Houston; All-stars are choosing other teams OVER you….I mean, need I go on?

        Don’t worry, I’ll wait for another Laker fan to comment about “the past”. Sorry…I know the truth hurts.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        i’ll take the success the Lakers have had in the past 6 years than what the entire Clippers franchise has done.

        dude, you are a baffoon. a nimrod. “ohhh…but the lakers have sucked…blah, ” uh yeah, every team has its ups and downs and thats alright. you cant win it every year…but the clipper have won squat. are argument is weak, troll. you even acknoledged everybody is bring up the past…well, because fans of their team don’t forget. take your weak sauce home, dude. youre stinkin’ up the place, troll…just like the Clips have done for 30+ years…

      • k3nn3k - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        right on cue loungefly…”past 6 years”, “30+ years”…man, did I call that or what?!

      • musician0785 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Fans of teams with ZERO past to speak of always play the “stop bringing up the past” card………If i was a clipper fan I wouldn’t wanna think about the past either…..

      • musician0785 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        oh the Irony of a clipper fan talking about another team’s “disorganized ownership”

      • k3nn3k - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        The best part, I never even claimed to be a Clipper fan, but the truth hurts doesn’t Laker fans…LOL!

      • mightbegoingtohellforthis - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        The Lakers last won a championship in 2010. You must be young if you consider that to be so long ago that you need to be “reminded”.

    • fiyeaglesfiy - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      “looking up to your big brother, the Clippers”? Try looking up to the rafters where they play.

      • imakcds - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        good point, so much so that Clipper management decided last year that all the Laker Banners come down for Clipper home games.

      • k3nn3k - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        They play at the Staple’s Center, where the Clippers sold out every game last season, and the Lakers didn’t….sooooooo….

  4. coltzfan166 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    This is not happening. You have to have a coach by the time training camp starts. The timeline of events won’t add up, and the longer to drag it out, the harder it will be for the new head coach to come in and teach his system. Just suck it up and hire Mark Jackson or Byron Scott already.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      I agree it probably won’t work out but something is apparently holding things up. The alternative is that Jimmy Buss has absolutely no clue who he wants to hire. At least the first option denotes they have some sort of plan

  5. davidly - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    The late Dr. Buss and Don Sterling had a relatively close relationship. Back in the swinging 80s the former invite the latter to participate in some of his consciousness expanding activities, during which he would play backward messages that led to this entire scenario, thereby enabling the Lakers to get Doc Rivers. “Doc” Rivers, “Doctor” Buss, coincidence? Also, Magic was involved.

  6. RonKarate - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    I’m a Lakers fan.

    Doc Rivers will never work for the Lakers. He’s still a Celtic in my mind. He and the Clippers can go to hell.

    • imakcds - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      I am nothing but a Laker Fan, but I realize the value of a Doc Rivers. Besides, Ainge cut that Celtic tie by busting up the championship team. Doc couldn’t wait to leave and he got that extension from Ainge as a peace offering.
      But replace Mitch?
      No way.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      He played for the Clippers too. He couldn’t be any less of a Laker. Not that he isn’t a good coach.

  7. realfootballfan - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Why would he take that job? He’s like Phil at this point, he can be picky about where he goes.

  8. emdawt - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    This would only happen if the Lakers fired Kupchak.

    • mazblast - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      If they did that, who would wash Kobe’s car and fetch Short Buss his coffee?

  9. smoothaswilkes - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Hahaha, I’m supposed to believe Bill Simmons, the biggest Celtic homer in existence, regarding the Lakers, a team he hates, and Doc Rivers, someone who he’s not over leaving his beloved Celtics. Seems legit.

    • mazblast - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Why would we believe Simmons about anything? If it’s not in Boston or involving Boston teams, he hates it without knowing anything about it; if it’s someone formerly of Boston, he hates it period; and if it’s in Boston now, he’s about to hate it.

  10. ebrownwareagle - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    @mightbegoingtohellforthis

    And if they go do the Research. They will see It was DR Buss suggestion that CP3 go to the Clips as a favor because Donald S is/was a good friend of his.

  11. metalhead65 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    just because doc does not want to coach the clippers means he will coach the lakers. there is this thing called a contract he signed and unless there is a clause in there stating he will not work for the guy paying him millions of dollars because he is a racist does not mean he can just leave for another team. same with the players. if you don’t play for the clippers then you don’t get paid by them or anyone else.

  12. badge3832 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I wish Bill Simmons would just go away. I dislike everything about him including his smirk and his voice.
    As for Rivers, he’s under contract. He can’t just walk away and coach another team.
    No insult to Rivers. I don’t believe this story for an instant.

  13. im2gr84u2h8on - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Lakers should hire Byron, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Jim Buss hired himself to coach.

  14. Fantasy Football Consultant - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    K3nn3k. Who is your team again? For how long?

  15. jrob23 - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Doc is about as overrated as the get. He stunk in Boston until he got the Big Three then when they should have won multiple titles they only won one. He did absolutely nothing but harm that team. The moment he was to be exposed for how awful he is because they aged and defected..he jumps to LAC where he made zero impact and they failed to live up to expectations. Let me spare every one the suspense going forward. Unless he has multiple HOF he will never win another ring, in fact he will never see a Conference Championship. LAC fired their previous coach and spent millions on him and he failed to take them to the promise land. Could have easily hired you or I and accomplished the exact same thing.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Which years should they have won their other titles? They won in 2008. The Lakers won the next two years so no slouch champion there. (That included beating Boston 4-3 for the second one.) Then the Heat went to the Finals four straight years. (And the Celtics window effectively closed due ot injuries and age about halfway through that span.)

      • jrob23 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        they should have beaten LAL, they were the more talented team, but poorly coached. And they should have beaten the Heat to get there again. Maybe not win it, but he again, provided zero coaching to put them over the hump. I’m telling you…he is just a name. A player’s coach for sure, but you need an actually X and O coach once you get deep in the playoffs.

  16. skins26portis - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Lakers are the new laughing stock of the NBA. It could happen to a better fan base. Good Luck Suckers you will be crying all season .

    • musician0785 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      A redskins fan knows all about laughingstocks…..

      • billtetley53 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Hes got you pegged musician, about the crying that is. They dint call you pissy eyes for nothing!!

      • musician0785 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        who is they? You’re the only who uses that stupid, unfunny, unintelligent joke

  17. omniusprime - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    What are jerky boy jimmy and klueless kupcake waiting for? Waiting for Doc Rivers is the kind of idiotic tripe that only a moron sports pundit could think of and actually brainfart to the internet. Just stupid that it’s taking them this long to make the decision they should have made months ago, hire Byron Scott and hire him yesterday already.

    By waiting too long jerky boy and klueless have guaranteed that the Lakers are already behind the 8 ball putting a new team system in place. They’ve already made the new coach’s job unnecessarily more difficult by waiting for no good reason. Before they were too quick to announce two terrible coaching choices, now they seem to be waiting too long to make a smart choice.

    Might as well write off the Lakers now for this season. They’re hired nothing but leftover garbage from other loser teams and who wants to pay to watch garbage play? I don’t and won’t! I’ll be watching recordings of great Laker games from the beginning of the Shaq/Kobe era.

  18. billtetley53 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Oh its funny and intelligent alright. You lack a sense of humor is all.

  19. conradtwin1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    The only question is why is the Byron Scott thing taking so damn long to get done? Its the end of July what is the hold up already? If he is the guy just hire him already!!

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