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Doc Rivers Apologizes To Young Clippers Fan Sitting Courtside For Team’s Awful Performance [Video]

The Los Angeles Clippers got blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers last night. From the opening tip, the Clips looked out of sorts, taking bad shots, and multiple technical fouls.

Coach Doc Rivers was so embarrassed by the defeat that he took time to apologize to a young Clippers fan sitting courtside.

It couldn’t have been that bad for the youngster, I mean the kid had floor seats for a matchup between two of the NBA’s best teams, not to mention the leagues best player.

[Vine via CJ Zero]


Doc Rivers Irate in Post-Game Interview: “That Could be a Series-Defining Call” [VIDEO]

Doc Rivers came out rightfully fiery after the Clippers blew a seven-point lead with 45 seconds left thanks to a series of errors from his own team and the officials. He seems to be intimating that officials told him that they didn’t have a proper angle to overturn the call near the end in which the ball pretty clearly went off Reggie Jackson — but possession was awarded to Oklahoma City anyway as a sorta make-up call for missing a foul on Matt Barnes on the play — and says that’s “crap”.

To be sure, Rivers did place some of the blame on his own team as well, but most of his anger was reserved for the refs.

The Clippers still had the final possession of the game, and they gave up a 13-point lead in just over three minutes, but there’s no doubt that the insane sequence involving the replay influenced the outcome.

Now, L.A. and its coach will have to refocus and defend its home floor at the Staples Center. Game 6 will be Thursday, May 15, at 10:30 p.m. ET.


Doc Rivers on His Owners Racist Comments: “The Protest Will Be in Our Play”

Doc Rivers addressed the ugly Donald Sterling controversy Saturday afternoon and handled it about as well as one could given the situation. The Clippers coach tried to keep the focus on today’s upcoming Game 4 against the Warriors, but obviously the Sterling firestorm dominated the coach’s comments.

From the Los Angeles Times:

“No one was happy about it,” Rivers said. “J.J. Redick was just as pissed as Chris Paul and that’s the way it should be.”

Rivers also addressed the thought bandied about by many on Saturday, that the Clippers should boycott Sunday’s game as a sign of protest against Sterling. Rivers said the players were against it and offered up a very solid alternative:

“Honestly, I’m completely against that and they were too,” Rivers said. “Why should we let someone’s comments stop what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to do something too here and we don’t want that to get in the way of what we want to do. I think the biggest statement we can make as men — not as black men, as men — is to stick together and show how strong we are as a group, not splinter, not walk. It’s easy to protest. The protest will be in our play.”

How the Clippers react on the court later this afternoon will be fascinating.


Lakers Bench Sparks Upset Win Over Clippers in Battle for L.A. [Video Highlights]

Lakers Bench Sparks Upset Win Over Clippers in Battle for L.A. [Video Highlights]


In the first Battle for L.A. of the season, the Lakers took the court without their leader Kobe Bryant and came out to prove that they are still a team to be reckoned with, while the new-look Clippers looked to get their season off to a strong start with new head coach Doc Rivers. 


Fueled by a strong performance from their bench (Lakers’ 76 bench points were the most for the club since April 1988) and more off the home crowd, the Lakers stunned the Clippers by a score of 116-103. Xavier Henry led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting in his Lakers debut. Jordan Farmar brought energy and added 16 points, while Jodie Meeks scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.


The Lakers’ 41-point fourth quarter was downright stunning, but the identities of the players responsible for this exciting, free-flowing opener were even more jaw-dropping.


Here are the full highlights from last nights game.




Chris Paul Will Reportedly Accept 5-Year, $107 Million Contract to Stay With Clippers

Chris Paul Will Reportedly Accept 5-Year, $107 Million Contract to Stay With Clippers


The question wether CP3 would remain in Los Angeles has been answered, for the time being. The Clippers haven’t locked Chris Paul up for the long term quite yet, but the superstar point guard is reportedly ready to sign a five-year, $107 million contract extension with the club.


According to ESPN Los Angeles’ Ramona Shelburn:


The eight-year veteran has made it clear that he will agree to a deal shortly. The team has been able to offer one to him as of 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday morning.


CP3 can’t officially ink his name to any contract until July 10—after the league-imposed moratorium on signings is lifted. This should, however, put the Clippers fans at ease, after a summer full of questions and changes the organization.


The club organized a trade for the Boston Celtics’ 2008 championship-winning coach, Doc Rivers. That seems to have been the deciding factor, as CP3 has been considered a lock to remain in L.A. ever since Rivers came aboard.


We should hear more details as the day progresses.



Clippers New Coach Doc Rivers Takes a Shot at ESPN’s Bill Simmons, Calls Him a Idiot [UPDATE: Doc Accusing Simmons of Trying to Get Him Fired]

Clippers New Coach Doc Rivers Takes A Shot At ESPN's Bill Simmons, Calls Him a Idiot [Video]


ESPN’s Shelly Smith’s interview with Doc Rivers got awkward when she brought up comments by the network’s Bill Simmons that Rivers quit on the Celtics.


Rivers on Simmons: “I would like to call him an idiot, but I’m too classy for that.”


Simmons responded that Rivers’ story “keeps changing.”



[UPDATE: After getting into last night during the draft, the feud between Doc Rivers and Bill Simmons has now gone as far as Doc going on the Dan Patrick Show and calling Simmons a “fan.”  Then, Rivers went on WEEI and accused Simmons of trying to get him fired. (The full audio can be found here.)


Simmons has resorted to Twitter to defend himself and attack Rivers.





Doc Rivers Will Be Traded to Clippers for a First Round Pick, Pending League Approval

Doc Rivers Will Be Traded to Clippers for a First Round Pick, Pending League Approval


After a week long soap opera, Doc Rivers is heading to Los Angeles, to be the head coach of the Clippers. The Clips will give up their 2015 first round pick in exchange for Rivers, pending league approval.


Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston broke the news:


Sources confirmed on Sunday that the Clippers will sign Rivers to a three-year, $21 million contract. They will send a first-round pick as compensation for the Boston Celtics, who have agreed to release the coach from the three years, $21 million he has remaining on his deal with the club.


Contrary to previous reports, according to league and team sources, the Celtics have been complicit all along in assisting Rivers make the switch from Boston to Los Angeles.



The Clippers hope the deal with Rivers will clinch Chris Paul’s signature on a new five-year max contract. Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1


Los Angeles won a franchise-record 56 games during the 2012-13 regular season, but after falling to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the organization decided it was time to part ways with Vinny Del Negro, electing not to renew the polarizing head coach’s contract. 


Rivers went 416-305 (.577) with the Celtics and led them to seven playoff appearances during his nine seasons. He won the NBA title in 2008 and made it back to the finals in 2010 before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.


League and teams sources also confirmed that for now, any deal involving Garnett and the Clippers is on hold in light of commissioner David Stern’s objections to the appearance that the KG deal (for DeAndre Jordan) and Rivers were related.


[Information from ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com]