Apr 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers during the first half of the game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Doc Rivers turned down chance to speak with Donald Sterling


On Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was honest and candid during a pre-game interview, suggesting that he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to return to the organization next year assuming Donald Sterling was the owner.

Rivers again was extremely open on Monday morning, stating that he does believe the voice on the alleged tapes is that of Sterling’s and said he was presented a chance to speak to the Clippers owner, however, declined.

The former Boston Celtics coach didn’t say when he was given such an opportunity, but apparently Sterling wanted to talk to his coach about the allegations and Rivers passed on such an attempt.

Doc Rivers says Donald Sterling attempted to reach out to him but, “I passed, quite honestly.” Says he doesn’t need that now.

Given Rivers’ statement on  Sunday afternoon and his declining to speak to Sterling, you have to wonder about his future with the Clippers assuming Sterling retains control of the franchise. Clearly, there’s a severe and understandable divide.

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