On Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers hired recently fired Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers to a five year deal.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was excited to hear that Doc Rivers was not out of work for long.
“I’m excited for Doc and for the Sixers,” Kerr said during a Thursday call with reporters, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “He’s a great coach, and as I mentioned the other day, great for the league. So I’m happy that he’s quickly back in the NBA. He’s important for the league and for the rest of the coaches.”
The Clippers did not elect to fire Rivers right after the loss to Denver. Instead, they waited until the Nuggets fell to their crosstown rivals the Los Angeles Lakers in the next round.
“What happened to the Clippers this year was bad. That was bad if that loss to the Lakers fine, but you lose to up and start Denver team. And what got him fired was that [Le] Bron, and them boys got that Denver team up out of there in five games. That’s what got him fired,” said Brendan Haywood on Instagram Live with Ryan Hollins.
“They didn’t fire him the day after the series like the coach [Brett Brown] from the 76ers. They didn’t let Brett Brown get out the bubble before they fired him. Doc, they waited and win Denver lost that series, then they fired him.”
Before making his decision, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer consulted with numerous key players on the team, including Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
“Before a final decision was made, sources said Ballmer called several key players — including George and Leonard — to get their opinions. Nothing the players told him, sources said, changed Ballmer’s mind about moving on from Rivers. Ultimately, the decision to part ways with Rivers was Ballmer’s.”
Earlier this week, former Clippers’ center, Ryan Hollins shared that good and great players can get coaches fired.
“There is nothing unique that they [Los Angeles Clippers] did. We saw all this fire power in the off-season and good players get you fired. Great players get you fired quicker just ask my man in Cleveland David Blatt. Great players get you fired, that’s the honest to god truth,” said Hollins.
“I hope this does not come off as disrespectful. Chris Paul was never good enough to get you fired. Blake Griffin was never good enough to get you fired. Tobias Harris was never good enough to get you fired. But, that boy who won that championship in Toronto, who started with the Spurs, is good enough to get you fired, and that is what we saw. Kawhi Leonard is good enough to get you fired.”
Hollins is a 10 year veteran in the NBA and played under Rivers during the 2011-12 season in Boston.