Doc Rivers is officially OUTSIDE as head coach of Los Angeles … after a quick exit from the NBA playoffs.
The 58-year-old Rivers coach of the Clips since 2013 … and after his addition Cowie Leonard and Paul George this past off-season, the LA Clippers were favorites to win an NBA title.
Despite a 3-1 lead in the Denver Nuggets, the Clippers were eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals.
Shortly after the bounce from the playoffs, there were reports of unrest within the team … with PG reportedly disagreeing with his teammates.
Rivers spoke of losing his job on social media, writing … “Thank you Clipper Nation for allowing me to be your coach and for all your support in helping make this a profitable franchise. When I got this job , my goals were to make this a winning basketball program, a free agent destination, and to bring a championship to this organization.
“While I managed to achieve most of my goals, I will not be able to see them all. Although it was a disappointing end to our season, you are there and I know what this team can achieve with support.”
“I thank all the players, coaches and staff who helped us get here. Most importantly, thank you to the fans. We spent a lot and I am grateful for my time here.”
Of course, Rivers – who is 943-681 as coach – won a ring with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
There are some possible landing points if Doc decides he wants to train next season … the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers are both teams with stacks of rosters without a coach.