In the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal, Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers began to question his future with the team.
Rivers left the Boston Celtics for the Clippers in the offseason and appeared very happy in Los Angeles before the audio of Sterling’s racist comments surfaced.
However, now that Sterling has been banned from the NBA for life, was fined $2.5 million, the most the NBA is allowed to fine him and the league is trying to take ownership away from him, Rivers has changed his tune.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, Rivers is not going anywhere.
Doc – I’m under contract. I have no plans on going anywhere.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 16, 2014
Rivers, who led the Celtics to a championship back in 2008, knows the Clippers were dealt a bad hand, but said the team simply had to deal with it.
“You’ve got enough to deal with (in the playoffs), and that fact that we had to deal with this,” Rivers told USA TODAY Sports as he left. “Especially focus (from players). That was my whole thing. That’s what I was concerned with. You know, it’s just the hand you were dealt. And the way I’ve always lived it is you just deal with it.”
Rivers led the Clippers to a 57-25 record in his first season.