Doc Rivers Says He Will Quit as Clippers Coach if Donald Sterling Stays
Donald Sterling is the worst. He is a terrible human. He sucks so bad that Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has informed the team's interim front office members that if Sterling comes back, he'll bounce. That's according to interim CEO Richard Parsons, who stated in court on Tuesday that Doc "has told me he doesn't think if Mr. Sterling remains that he wants to continue as coach. He's told me that at least three times." More, from USA TODAY:
"Doc has been the guy who has had to stand up and deal with the media" during the controversy surrounding Sterling's racist comments in April and his subsequent lifetime ban from the NBA, Parsons testified Tuesday in the Sterling probate trial...
Parsons said it would be "a disaster" if Rivers leaves.
"Doc is the father figure to the team," Parsons testified. "Chris Paul is the on-court captain, but Doc is the leader, the coach, the grownup, a man of inestimable character and ability, not only a brilliant basketball coach but a man who really connects with people. He's a man the players believe in and admire."
We know what you're thinking — how in the hell could Donald Sterling come back to the Clippers? Well, that issue is currently being argued in court. It's a question of whether Sterling's wife, Shelly, acted in a proper and legal manner when she sold the franchise without Racist Donald's consent. She unloaded the team for a cool $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (the most ever paid for an NBA franchise).
Considering that Doc led the Clips to a franchise-best 57 wins in 2013-14, losing him would be a substantial blow. Not only is he a fantastic X's and O's coach, but he's proven to be a great leader, and stars like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin love playing for Doc. There's no telling the tailspin Lob City would fall into without Doc to stabilize an already unstable situation.
[via USA TODAY Sports]