Doc Rivers is officially OUT as the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers … after a quick exit from the NBA playoffs.
The 58-year-old Rivers has been coaching the Clips since 2013 … and after adding Kauhi Leonard and Paul George this last off-season, the LA Clippers were favorites to win an NBA title.
Although they had a 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets, the Clippers were eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals.
Shortly after they were rejected by the playoffs, there were reports of turmoil in the team … with PG, who is said to be at war with his teammates.
Rivers turned to losing his job on social media, writing … “Thanks to Clipper Nation for allowing me to be your coach and for all your support to help make this a winning franchise. When I took over this job, my goal was to make this a winning basketball program, a free agent destination, and bring championship to that organization. “
“Although I managed to achieve most of my goals, I will not be able to see them completely. Although it was a disappointing end to our season, you are right there and I know what this team is able to achieve with your supports. “
“Thank you to all the players, coaches and staff for helping us get here. Most importantly, thank you to the fans. We’ve been through a lot and I’m grateful for my time here.”
Of course, Rivers – who is 943-681 as head coach – won the ring with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
There are several possible landing sites if Doc decides he wants to train next season … The Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers are both teams on a roster that don’t have a coach.