Doc Rivers Out as Clippers Coach

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Doc Rivers says he's out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, though did not specify if he chose to leave on his own or if he was fired.

Rivers announced in a statement posted to Twitter that he is not returning as coach.

The move comes about two weeks after the Clippers wasted a 3-1 series lead and lost to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals.

Rivers spent seven seasons with the Clippers, making the playoffs in six of them - major success for a once-woebegone franchise.

This season's team, with the summer 2019 additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, was expected to compete for a championship.

But losing three closeout opportunities to the Nuggets cost the Clippers a chance to play the Lakers in the West finals, and surely played a role in Rivers not remaining as coach.

The Clippers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Clippers went 49-23 in the regular season, the fourth-best record in franchise history.

 

 with files from AP NBA