Price of failure: Rivers finished his way with the Clippers


After seven years in office and a little less than two weeks after the big bubble failure in Orlando, Doc Rivers ended his career as the Los Angeles Clippers coach. This was reported tonight (Monday to Tuesday) by Adrian Wojnerowski, the senior and esteemed NBA reporter for the ESPN network. Later came the official announcement on behalf of Rivers.

According to Vogenovsky’s initial report, it is not possible to determine at this stage whether Rivers has been fired, or whether the parties have reached a common conclusion that it is time to embark on a new path. Either way, the 58-year-old coach is finishing a significant chapter in his career with a weak response.

With the addition of Kwai Leonard and Paul George last summer, the Clippers set one goal in mind – a historic championship win. They were on the safe path to their first ever appearance in the Western Conference Finals, leading 1-3 in a series over Denver, but then came a colossal crash. The City of Angels team lost three games in a row, and was forced to leave the bubble empty-handed.

Rivers, as mentioned, has coached the Los Angeles Clippers for the past seven seasons. The team finished each of the seasons under him in a positive balance, and only in one of them missed the playoffs. Peak achievement: Reaching the Western Semifinals three times.

Prior to his time in LA, Rivers worked for nine consecutive years as a Boston coach, which he did manage to bring to the well and drink from. At the end of the 2007/8 season the Celtics won the championship with a victory over Kobe Bryant’s Lakers in the final series, and to this day it is the last championship of the legendary franchise. Rivers led Boston to another final, two years later, in which the Lakers retaliated to a sworn opponent with a dramatic 3: 4.

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