Falling in need of expectancies and arising two rounds shy of enjoying within the NBA Finals, Document Rivers is out as trainer of Los Angeles Clippers.
Rivers showed his departure in a tweet to Clippers lovers on Monday afternoon.
“Whilst I used to be ready to perform maximum of my objectives, I gained’t have the ability to see them via,” Rivers wrote. “Regardless that it was once a disappointing finishing to our season, you’re proper there and I do know what this group is in a position to engaging in along with your reinforce.”
The group launched a commentary later Monday that framed Rivers’ departure as a “mutual determination” between Rivers and group chairman Steve Ballmer.
“I’m immeasurably thankful to Document for his dedication and contributions to the Clippers and town of Los Angeles,” Ballmer stated in a commentary. “I’m additionally extraordinarily assured in our entrance place of work and our gamers. We can in finding the precise trainer to steer us ahead and assist us succeed in our final objectives. We can start the hunt and interview procedure right away.”
The Clippers had a Three-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets within the Western Convention semifinals and have been on the right track to stand the Lakers within the convention finals. On the other hand, the Nuggets gained the overall 3 video games of the sequence and ended the Clippers’ season.
It was once an important failure for a group that had championship aspirations after signing two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in unfastened company and buying and selling for All-Famous person Paul George closing offseason.
“We did not meet (expectancies),” Rivers stated following the Sport 7 loss to Denver. “That is the base line. I am the trainer, and I will take any blame for it. However we did not meet our expectancies, obviously, as a result of if we had, personally, we might nonetheless be enjoying.”
The sequence loss was once additionally a part of any other troubling playoff debacle for Rivers within the playoffs. With Orlando, Boston and the Clippers, his groups have blown 3 Three-1 sequence leads and 3 Three-2 sequence leads within the playoffs.
Chemistry problems plagued the Clippers throughout the common season and playoffs, and Leonard indicated the Clippers did not play good basketball in opposition to the Nuggets.
The Clippers have been 49-23 within the Western Convention this season and completed 2nd within the West, 3½ video games at the back of the Lakers.
Rivers, who was once the NBA’s trainer of the yr in 1999-2000, was once 356-208 on this seven seasons with Los Angeles. His Clippers groups made the playoffs six occasions however by no means made it out of the second one spherical.