Posted December 10, 2013

Clippers coach Doc Rivers admits he ‘walked away’ from Celtics

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The Nuggets reportedly had Doc Rivers at the top of their list after firing George Karl. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Doc Rivers has a 601-481 (.555) record in 15 NBA seasons as a head coach. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers admitted in a radio interview that he walked away from his old team the Boston Celtics.

Rivers will return to Boston when the Clippers play the Celtics on Thursday.

Rivers went on CBS Radio Boston to discuss his departure from the team he helped lead to two NBA Finals appearances and one championship. Rivers even signed a five-year extension in 2011 to stay with the team – only to depart two years later.

“I did at the end of the day,” Rivers admitted. “You make choices in your life, it happens… It was a very difficult decision for me to make; whether to walk away and sit a couple of years, which was another way I was leaning, or if the right job presented itself to walk away and do that.

“I was afforded a great opportunity here with the Clippers. This is the first time I’ve been able to coach a team and run a team,” Rivers continued. “This may work, it may not work. It’s a far bigger gamble for me than anyone else. So I thought it was the right time to take it.”

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Rivers has guided the Clippers to a 14-8 record so far this season, good for fifth in the Western Conference.


14 comments
bambam824
bambam824

Doc must not have liked chowda'.

Aaron14
Aaron14

Celtics fans aren't ready to acknowledge that things are so bad right now that it is currently better to work for Donald Sterling.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Most over rated coach in the modern NBA. The best deal Danny Ainge has made as GM was to get out of the rest of River's contract and get a draft pick from the Clippers. So far the coaching genius has the Clippers exactly where they were last season.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Sounds like the right call to me. He earned the right.  

EnashWaca
EnashWaca

"walked away" or "quit on"  What do you think, Doc?

Schwing
Schwing

@southpawsugar I think they had a sitdown before the season, and ironed things out.  Maybe Doc mentioned this then.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

People in all walks of life leave jobs on a daily basis.

JamesJoyce
JamesJoyce

@JoeCabot Yeah because walking away from a signed 5-year NBA contract is like quitting Mickey-D's to work at Starbucks.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Just like Nick Saban at this very moment is working on an extension at Alabama.  He could go to Texas next week or month, the extension is just part of the business that puts most of the pressure on the employer in the cases of coaching.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

Same thing on a larger level.   A coaching or playing contract is only a contract of employment. If either party to the contract opts to sever the relationship, the contract is ended, pending any termination or severance details.