Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers will not be coaching the team next season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He is headed out the door after seven seasons with the team and failed to live up to the high expectations set for the Clippers after they acquired Kawhi Leonard and Paul George over the offseason.
Rivers confirmed his firing in a tweet on Monday and made sure to thank Clippers fans for all the support they gave him during his time coaching the team.
Los Angeles’ second-round loss to the Denver Nuggets in the 2020 NBA playoffs was the straw that broke the camel’s back, as the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals despite being heralded as the odds-on favorite to win their first ever NBA title. Rivers had multiple two-way stars and the most productive scoring bench in the league at his disposal, but failed to make the adjustments needed to hold off a Nuggets team that rallied to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the first round against the Utah Jazz.
Rivers left the Boston Celtics to coach the Lob City Clippers in 2013, which featured Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, JJ Redick, and DeAndre Jordan. But that squad fell short of expectations just like the current team. Rivers couldn’t get the job done when it mattered most in Los Angeles despite ranking 11th on the all-time wins list. Now the Clippers are set to begin their search for a new coach, and there are plenty of big names on the market.