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Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (54) / 10/13/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210

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Doc Rivers said that nearly losing DeAndre Jordan was a wake-up call for him.
"Losing [Jordan] would've always gnawed at me," Rivers said. "But it wouldn't have stopped me. I would've said, 'F--- that, we're going to figure out a way to get this right.' But it also triggered something else for me. It might have been my front-office wake-up call. I was not a pleasant guy to me, or my staff, after I thought we lost him – and even after we got him back. We had a lot of 'come-to-Jesus' meetings. I told them, and told myself: 'We've got to get f------ better." Sep 24 - 3:14 PM

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Coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and president Gillian Zucker met with DeAndre Jordan.

There were no current players involved here. Rivers likely addressed the basketball side of the meeting with Ballmer and Zucker, the former president of business operations before the promotion, handling the non-basketball stuff. It'll come down to the Clippers or Mavs here. The loser on this deal will be in a bad spot.
Jul 2 - 9:57 PM

Doc Rivers implied during a recent interview that former owner Donald Sterling killed some good trades that the Clippers had lined up during his first year in the front office.

"This is really only my third year but you can make a case this is our second year if you know what I’m saying," said Rivers. "If I someday wrote a book and told you a couple of the trades we had in the first year that we didn’t do because of other reasons, you would fall off your chair." Luckily for Rivers, the Clippers fan base, and the NBA in general, Sterling will never be a part of any NBA decision making process ever again.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 19 - 10:14 AM

Doc Rivers said that he is looking to add "three or four more players" to the Clippers' roster.

"We clearly have more to do," said Rivers. "We have to. We have to add a couple more, three or four more players, in my opinion, to our roster." The Clippers traded for Lance Stephenson on Monday, sending away Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes, but Rivers doesn't appear to be done with the roster tweaks. His team still has a pretty big hole at the small forward position, and while Stephenson could play there if needed, Rivers may be looking for a true small forward during free agency. There have been rumors that Paul Pierce may be interested in reuniting with his former coach, and if that happens, Stephenson would likely come off the bench.
Jun 16 - 5:47 PM

If the Clippers are able to acquire a draft pick in this year's draft, they will reportedly look to add a big man or a wing player.

The Clippers have a glaring need at small forward due to Matt Barnes' disappearing act in the playoffs, but their frontcourt could also be in trouble if DeAndre Jordan decides to leave. The Clippers will continue to be a force in the Western Conference with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin running the show, but they clearly need to add some pieces if they are serious about making some noise next season.
Jun 13 - 10:47 AM

The Clippers do not have a draft pick this season, but they are reportedly looking to acquire one.

The Clippers traded away their first-round pick to Boston in exchange for Doc Rivers two years ago, and the Nuggets currently own their second-round pick. The Clippers desperately need some help on the wing and their bench play was underwhelming during the playoffs, so they will likely do everything they can to reload this summer. They won't have a lot of cap room if DeAndre Jordan signs a max contract, so Rivers is going to have to be creative. The most obvious need for the Clippers is small forward right now, as Matt Barnes is currently penciled in as the starter.
May 24 - 10:13 AM

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

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