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Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (53) / 10/13/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210

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Doc Rivers coached his record-setting 12th NBA playoffs Game 7 on Sunday, but the Clippers' loss also made him the only coach in history to twice blow a 3-1 series lead.
The Clippers have some soul-searching to do this summer and it begins in the front office. Doc's coaching prowess is unquestioned and his handling of the Donald Sterling debacle was a case-study in grace under fire, but his GM skills (as the team's president) leave much to be desired. For instance, Spencer Hawes, who signed for $23 million over four years last summer, averaged 3.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in the playoffs. The Clippers' bench is woefully thin and they failed to upgrade their wing rotation, all of which is at least partly attributable to Rivers. It will be an interesting summer in L.A., to say the least. May 17 - 7:47 PM

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Doc Rivers is adamant that the NBA's playoff-seeding format should be changed, saying, "I don't think [winning the division] should carry weight."

"All right, you win your division. Take the banner. If our record is better, [a division title] shouldn't supersede," Rivers said. "That's a joke." Adam Silver is taking a progressive attitude toward rule changes as the league's commissioner and the Board of Governors will likely examine the seeding issue this summer, so there's a chance that Rivers' logical stance will prevail.
May 2 - 12:04 PM

Doc Rivers acknowledged during a recent interview that he will consider resting guys during the final 11 games of the regular-season.

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Matt Barnes are all candidates to pick up a rest day as the Clippers close out the regular-season. They have two back-to-back sets next week, Tuesday-Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, so owners will need to be on high alert. Paul is currently on track to play in a full 82-game slate for the first time in his career, but Rivers will not take that into consideration when/if he decides to hand out a rest day. "The 82 thing is an individual thing," Rivers said of Paul’s goal to play all 82 games. "That does nothing for our team. If resting him at some point we feel is the best thing for him, then he’s going to have to take that hit."
Mar 24 - 7:36 PM

Doc Rivers said he wants the Clippers to cut back on their complaints to referees.

The Clippers have become notorious for chirping at referees and Rivers wants that to stop. "Forget about the ref part," Rivers said, "I think it allows you to have better focus on your job and I think when you're spending your job on [complaining], there's a chance you're going to miss an ATO [after timeout play] or you're not going to execute properly, maybe not be in the right spot defensively because you lose your focus." The Clips are 4-4 over their last eight games, so Rivers will have to hope the team's new focus will help lead to more W's.
Mar 19 - 11:40 AM

Doc Rivers aid the "Hack-A-Jordan" strategy is "bad for the game."

Many fans would agree. "I’m old school. It’s bad for the game, the fans don’t like it. But it’s part of the game. You have intentional walks in baseball. Maybe you call it like you do in the final two minutes of the game, all game. But I’m not sure I would like that, either." Rivers is right in all of his analysis, and until something changes, this is going to be a regular thing for DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond and poor free throw shooters across the NBA.
Source: PBT
Mar 2 - 9:35 AM

Head coach Doc Rivers said the Clippers are not going to panic due to the injury of Blake Griffin (elbow), and that they will not make any roster moves until after the All-Star break.

"We’re not going to go out and panic and sign somebody," Rivers said. "We’re in this for the long haul and that’s how you have to keep viewing this year." The Clippers now have a glaring need at power forward with Griffin set to miss at least a few weeks and Glen Davis now dealing with back spasms, so it's surprising to see them stand pat for now. If Amare Stoudemire and Kevin Garnett pursue buyouts they would become intriguing pieces for the Clippers, while Brandon Bass' name has also been tossed around in the rumor mill recently. For now it looks like Spencer Hawes will continue to log heavy minutes at the four while Matt Barnes will also see a few extra minutes there as well.

Doc Rivers thinks the Clippers are now "playing right."

Rivers said the Clippers "weren't ready" at the start of the season, and it's hard to argue with him. The Clippers' starters ripped into the team during Saturday's halftime break against the Pelicans, and the team responded by going on to tear down New Orleans in the second half.
Source: ESPN LA
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 12:03:00 PM

Doc Rivers ripped into his entire Clippers team following Wednesday's embarrassing loss to the Warriors.

"I didn’t say much," Rivers said. "I just let them blow smoke up each other’s [expletives] because that’s all they did in my opinion." Rivers went on to say that his team is nowhere near the class of the Warriors right now, and there is no arguing with that assessment. "That's as soft as you can probably get in a game. One foul? At halftime? Are you [expletive] kidding me?" Rivers said his Clippers team lacks heart.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 02:39:00 PM

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is hoping to eliminate the use of Apple products from his team.

"Most of the Clippers on are Windows, some of the players and coaches are not," Ballmer said. "And Doc [Rivers] kind of knows that’s a project. It’s one of the first things he said to me: ‘We are probably going to get rid of these iPads, aren’t we?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, we probably are.’ But I promised we would do it during the off season." The former Microsoft CEO wasn't going to think different here, and there was no doubt he was going to be pro-Microsoft after spending $2 billion on the team.
Source: Reuters
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Doc Rivers and the Clippers have agreed to a contract which will keep Rivers in L.A. through the end of the 2019 season.

Terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, but it's a new contract rather than an extension, and it would be surprising if Rivers isn't the highest-paid coach in the NBA. "This is an important day for this organization," said new owner Steve Ballmer. "Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team."
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 01:04:00 PM

Newly-appointed Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has yet to talk about a contract extension with head coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers.

Rivers was considering resigning if the Sterlings kept control of the franchise, but Ballmer's purchase of the team should go a long way towards keeping Doc around for at least the next two years of his contract. "Everything I know about Doc, I'm just 100% behind," Ballmer said of Rivers. "I think he's phenomenal. I'm lucky he's got a contract that runs a little while longer, but we have plenty of time to talk and I look forward to doing that."
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:20:00 AM

Newly appointed Clippers owner Steve Ballmer reiterated on Monday that he intends to keep the Clippers in LA, and that no name change is on the horizon.

It wouldn't make a ton of sense to move the Clippers as a lot of the organizations value stems from the fact that they are placed in the highly visible market of Los Angeles. Ballmer will bring a welcome change to the Clippers' power structure.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 03:19:00 PM

Doc Rivers is expected to discuss a contract extension with new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.

The departure of Donald Sterling is a relief for the entire NBA but it must be a particular blessing for Rivers, who had threatened to resign if Sterling remained in place next season. Rivers has two years remaining on his contract, at $7 million per season, and both sides appear eager to solidify Rivers' position for many years to come.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 03:44:00 PM

The Clippers are considering trading their first-round pick, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

The team is reportedly "50-50" on whether they want to trade the pick as they would prefer to bring in a veteran presence or create more cap space. The Clippers are viewed as one of the few teams that have a chance to lure Lebron James away from the Heat, so creating as much cap space as possible will be key.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 02:32:00 PM

Doc Rivers has been promoted by the LA Clippers to President of Basketball Operations and he will continue to be the team's Head Coach.

Doc was formally the Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations, but that title will now be held by Doc's assistant coach Kevin Eastman, who will now report directly to Doc. Dave Wohl will also step into the GM position for the Clippers after being the teams Director of Professional Scouting last season.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 07:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Chris Paul
2Austin Rivers
3Lester Hudson
SG1J.J. Redick
2Jamal Crawford
3C.J. Wilcox
4Dahntay Jones
5Jordan Hamilton
SF1Matt Barnes
2Hedo Turkoglu
PF1Blake Griffin
2Glen Davis
C1DeAndre Jordan
2Spencer Hawes
3Ekpe Udoh