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Sport Rivers confirms exit as Clippers coach

03:15  29 september  2020
03:15  29 september  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

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Doc Rivers is done as the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after their stunning loss to the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the playoffs.Credit Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press.

"After Paul exited for Houston, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer reached out to his former point guard. As a relatively new owner, Ballmer wanted to learn from his organization's mistakes and invited Paul to share his thoughts about the current state of the franchise and, more pointedly, his reasons for leaving.

Doc Rivers wearing a suit and tie: Former Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers © Getty Images Former Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers confirmed on Twitter that his time as Los Angeles Clippers head coach was over amid reports he had been fired.

Among the favourites for the NBA title this season, the Clippers sensationally gave up a 3-1 series lead to be eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Rivers arrived at the Clippers in 2013 and led them to the playoffs in six of seven seasons, but never beyond the conference semi-finals.

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Rivers wanted to coach for championships. He didn't want to coach a team without Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and he truly believed Tyronn Lue confirmed to the Globe that he would leave the Celtics staff and join Doc Rivers with the Clippers . Lue had interviews and offers from Denver and Toronto

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers addressed the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the current Republican National Convention during a media briefing. CNN's Jim Sciutto speaks with ESPN host LZ Granderson about the emotional moment.

The 58-year-old posted on Twitter thanking the team, confirming his exit.

"Thank you Clipper Nation for allowing me to be your coach and for all your support in helping make this a winning franchise," Rivers wrote.

"When I took this job, my goals were to make this a winning basketball program, a free agent destination, and bring a championship to this organisation. While I was able to accomplish most of my goals, I won't be able to see them all through.

"Though it was a disappointing ending to our season, you are right there and I know what this team is capable of accomplishing with your support.

"Thank you to all the players, coaches, and staff for helping us get here. Most importantly, thank you to the fans. We went through a lot, and I am grateful for my time here."

Rivers finished with a 356-208 regular-season record at the helm of the Clippers, but was just 27-32 in the playoffs.

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