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#1 Apr 12, 2018 8:01am
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Looks like we're stuck with Doc

Next, Doc will get a five-year extension. Then, Austin will get a new overpaid contract and ruin our 2019 free agency dreams. Ballmer is a coward. We are the only franchise in pro sports where the coach has all the power and the owner is his puppet. How sad is that?

Apr 12, 2018 8:15am
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Trust the #balmerprocess. With no real money until 2019 they may as well let Doc coach instead of paying him 10 Million to walk. We'll have the same team as we do now ... only they'll have more tiime togther and hopefully less injuries.

Apr 12, 2018 8:30am
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blasman wrote:

Trust the #balmerprocess. With no real money until 2019 they may as well let Doc coach instead of paying him 10 Million to walk. We'll have the same team as we do now ... only they'll have more tiime togther and hopefully less injuries.

First of all: WTF has Ballmer ever done to earn our trust? Ballmer has been Doc's sycophant the entire time he's owned the team. He gave Doc a massive contract extension immediately after buying the team, before Doc had even coached a single game in the Ballmer era. It took Ballmer forever to remove Doc from the front office  - and then he just replaced Doc with one of Doc's equally unqualified buddies (Frank) who "shares Doc's vision for the team." Doc's nepotism with Austin and shortcomings with game management, rotations, adjustments, offensive and defensive systems, player development, etc. are beyond obvious, but Ballmer just keeps on blaming injuries and thinking that the status quo will somehow produce a different outcome next year. There has never been any indication EVER that Ballmer is anything less than satisfied with Doc's performance.

Second of all: Ballmer is the richest owner in professional sports. Nobody will ever convince me that money is the reason why Doc hasn't been fired. Ballmer probably wipes his ass with $10 million after his morning dump, that's how rich he is. Someone as wealthy as Ballmer should be familiar with the Sunk Cost Fallacy, anyway. That money has already been wasted on Doc. Refusing to fire him isn't going to get that money back. All it accomplishes is wasting another whole season of our players' primes.

Apr 12, 2018 8:32am
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One other thing: there won't be less injuries next year. Not with players like Gallo and Beverley on the team, and not with our medical/training staff. And the moment one of our injury-prone players inevitably gets injured, you can pencil in Doc for another year of job security because he'll have his excuse for the season.

Apr 12, 2018 8:40am
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Doc won’t be back. No way he comes back and go through this season that we just had. Look w Sid, Juwan, Cj, Ty and then bringing in 2 more rookies from 2018 draft, I just don’t see him returning and going through the process.
Apr 12, 2018 8:47am
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Doc won’t be back. No way he comes back and go through this season that we just had. Look w Sid, Juwan, Cj, Ty and then bringing in 2 more rookies from 2018 draft, I just don’t see him returning and going through the process.
Doc has a sycophant owner who will never hold him accountable. He's getting overpaid to the max on his ridiculous contract. And he's getting to coach his son. Why would he ever voluntarily leave the Clippers? This is his dream situation. We're stuck with Doc until he retires.

Apr 12, 2018 8:54am
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^he wont be back.
Apr 12, 2018 8:58am
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The fact that there is actually uncertainty about Doc's position is progress for us.

It's a good sign that this tweet was actully required in the first place.

Apr 12, 2018 9:12am
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In other news, Clippers Twitter is still insufferable. I've never seen supposed fans of a team be so protective of such a terrible coach and player as these guys are with Doc and Austin - and then they're actually smug about being wrong.

Apr 12, 2018 9:15am
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Vogel just got fired by the Magic.  He was good with Indiana before they got rid of him.  But I doubt he will be a candidate for the Clipper's job.  Ballmer probably wants a black head coach for much the same reason he wanted Bowen to replace Mike Smith.  It is very important to have diversity in a team in L.A.  Especially in leadership and public relations jobs.  This is not Sacramento or Orlando.  I was watching Zuckerberg being questioned by Congress yesterday and they called him out because the top five managers at Facebook were all white.  Apparently not about who is most qualified.  More who presents the best face of the organization.  

Apr 12, 2018 9:17am
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trapp76 wrote:

The fact that there is actually uncertainty about Doc's position is progress for us.

It's a good sign that this tweet was actully required in the first place.

LOL, you actually think there's "uncertainty" about Doc's position when the team is owned by Doc's puppet.

Apr 12, 2018 9:27am
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I want Fizdale or Monty Williams. Trust in West. Jerry West....
Apr 12, 2018 9:54am
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I want Fizdale or Monty Williams.

Yeah, but you're getting Doc Rivers.

Apr 12, 2018 10:20am
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V-Ice wrote:
Doc won’t be back. No way he comes back and go through this season that we just had. Look w Sid, Juwan, Cj, Ty and then bringing in 2 more rookies from 2018 draft, I just don’t see him returning and going through the process.

 

Doc had a good season.  He got to watch his child play a lot and "develop".

Apr 12, 2018 10:28am
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VFHS wrote:

trapp76 wrote:

The fact that there is actually uncertainty about Doc's position is progress for us.

It's a good sign that this tweet was actully required in the first place.

LOL, you actually think there's "uncertainty" about Doc's position

Yep, I do.................until I see him signed to an extension, which there have been no reports of.

If Ballmer were Doc's boy he never would have fired him as GM and brought in Jerry West or any of the other new front office guys to replace him, he never would have met with Chris Paul for dinner and asked his opinion either (as CP and Doc/Austin are clearly enemies, you are either on Doc/Austin's side or on CP's side). 

Blake also would have never been traded as Doc was 100% against that trade.

The only real vote of confidence in Doc would be an extension. 

 

Apr 12, 2018 10:24am
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V-Ice wrote:
I want Fizdale or Monty Williams. Trust in West. Jerry West....

 

@V-Ice (or others):  I've asked this a few times.

 

What did you think of West's Memphis tenure?  I laid out some things to ponder here, with regards to Drew Gooden and Matt Barnes:

 

http://clippertalk.com/comment/140778#comment-140778

Apr 12, 2018 10:30am
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V-Ice wrote:
Doc won’t be back. No way he comes back and go through this season that we just had. Look w Sid, Juwan, Cj, Ty and then bringing in 2 more rookies from 2018 draft, I just don’t see him returning and going through the process.

 

Lol, he's not going to walk away from $10 million garunteed. He'll bare and grin it and bullsh*t his way through the season like he always does. A few "I like my team" quotes, play whoever Jerry wants him to play, maybe make the playoffs/maybe not, make a few crazy facial expressions on the sidelines like he always does to make it seem like he cares, then chill in his mansion and collect ten million. After that he'll leave the Clipps and wait for  NY, Orlando, or whoever will get him more millions after the 2019 season. Piece of cake.

Apr 12, 2018 10:35am
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trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:

trapp76 wrote:

The fact that there is actually uncertainty about Doc's position is progress for us.

It's a good sign that this tweet was actully required in the first place.

LOL, you actually think there's "uncertainty" about Doc's position

Yep, I do.................until I see him signed to an extension, which there have been no reports of.

If Ballmer were Doc's boy he never would have demoted him and brought in Jerry West or any of the other new front office guys. Blake also would have never been traded as Doc was 100% against that trade.

 

Just wait... the next headline will be the Clippers offering him a new five-year contract extension. There is zero reason to have any confidence in Ballmer making the right decision.

If you read between the lines, it's obvious that Doc was only demoted from the front office because Adam Silver begged Ballmer to do it:

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/commish-adam-silver-reportedly-expressed-concerns-about-nba-coach-gm-hybrid-role/

Regardless, Doc was replaced in his role by Lawrence Frank - a Doc crony and equally unqualified former coach who reportedly "shares Doc's vision for the team." And if you try to argue otherwise, you must not have seen how Frank was kissing Doc's ass last night. So the change was purely cosmetic.

Apr 12, 2018 10:35am
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Clippers1121 wrote:

Vogel just got fired by the Magic.  He was good with Indiana before they got rid of him.  But I doubt he will be a candidate for the Clipper's job.  Ballmer probably wants a black head coach for much the same reason he wanted Bowen to replace Mike Smith.  It is very important to have diversity in a team in L.A.  Especially in leadership and public relations jobs.  This is not Sacramento or Orlando.  I was watching Zuckerberg being questioned by Congress yesterday and they called him out because the top five managers at Facebook were all white.  Apparently not about who is most qualified.  More who presents the best face of the organization.  

 

F*ck you! Not a fan of Doc at all and he needs to be let go but he has coached for years and won a ring. He's not a token- affirmative action hire that you're trying to make him out to be

Apr 12, 2018 11:45am
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VFHS wrote:
trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:

trapp76 wrote:

The fact that there is actually uncertainty about Doc's position is progress for us.

It's a good sign that this tweet was actully required in the first place.

LOL, you actually think there's "uncertainty" about Doc's position

Yep, I do.................until I see him signed to an extension, which there have been no reports of.

If Ballmer were Doc's boy he never would have demoted him and brought in Jerry West or any of the other new front office guys. Blake also would have never been traded as Doc was 100% against that trade.

 

Just wait... the next headline will be the Clippers offering him a new five-year contract extension. There is zero reason to have any confidence in Ballmer making the right decision.

If you read between the lines, it's obvious that Doc was only demoted from the front office because Adam Silver begged Ballmer to do it:

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/commish-adam-silver-reportedly-expressed-concerns-about-nba-coach-gm-hybrid-role/

Regardless, Doc was replaced in his role by Lawrence Frank - a Doc crony and equally unqualified former coach who reportedly "shares Doc's vision for the team." And if you try to argue otherwise, you must not have seen how Frank was kissing Doc's ass last night. So the change was purely cosmetic.

Right, just like how Frank kissed Blake's ass, right before he traded him. LOL.

Silver has concern about the coach/GM role becuase it doesn't work. Basically almost every time it has been tried, it has failed, in all sports.

Coaches and GM's have opposing motivations that balance the roles out naturally. When a GM starts thinking like a coach or vice versa, that balance gets out of whack and the team suffers. Look at SVG in Detroit too. If they had a real GM, they never would have made that Blake trade, that was a head coaches trade through and through. That's how I know Doc has no pull as GM anymore here. He never would have made that trade. Coaches only think short term, never long term. Their moves are always "win now" type of moves, like aging vets or big money players.

Apr 12, 2018 11:45am
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I am just saying we need more black head coaches in the NBA.  Not less.  Our team should be the one providing leadership in this area.  Sam Cassell might be a good replacement for Doc.  Or Woodson.  Not against retaining Doc.  But if it means starting his son in the backcourt then he should go.  Can't see us hiring Vogel or Hornacek.  Sorry.

Apr 12, 2018 11:48am
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I agree with all your criticisms of the coach/GM model. But if Ballmer wasn't Doc's puppet, he would have noticed all that himself. He wouldn't have needed the commissioner of the league to step in and explain it to him after years of Doc's mismanagement of the team.
Apr 12, 2018 11:50am
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Clippers1121 wrote:

I am just saying we need more black head coaches in the NBA.  Not less.  Our team should be the one providing leadership in this area.  Sam Cassell might be a good replacement for Doc.  Or Woodson.  Not against retaining Doc.  But if it means starting his son in the backcourt then he should go.  Can't see us hiring Vogel or Hornacek.  Sorry.

We need a competent head coach, regardless of race or ethnicity. We also need a total change from the Doc era. No Cassell, no Woodson (a proven failure with two different teams).
Apr 12, 2018 11:51am
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Doc didn't do a terrible job this season. It wouldn't be the end of the world if they keep him for 1 more. An extension would be terrible though and obviously they should try to get rid of Austin if it is possible.

Apr 12, 2018 11:53am
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Clippers1121 wrote:

Vogel just got fired by the Magic.  He was good with Indiana before they got rid of him.  But I doubt he will be a candidate for the Clipper's job.  Ballmer probably wants a black head coach for much the same reason he wanted Bowen to replace Mike Smith.  It is very important to have diversity in a team in L.A.  Especially in leadership and public relations jobs.  This is not Sacramento or Orlando.  I was watching Zuckerberg being questioned by Congress yesterday and they called him out because the top five managers at Facebook were all white.  Apparently not about who is most qualified.  More who presents the best face of the organization.  

 

Just pointing out that Sacramento has had a female assistant coach since 2015.

 

Nancy Lieberman.

 

And Orlando has Becky Bonner, the director of player development.  She is working her way toward becoming a general manager.

 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2751025-you-can-be-a-pioneer-meet-the-women-ready-to-revolutionize-the-nba

 

 

Apr 12, 2018 12:11pm
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Clippers1121 wrote:

I am just saying we need more black head coaches in the NBA.  Not less.  Our team should be the one providing leadership in this area.  Sam Cassell might be a good replacement for Doc.  Or Woodson.  Not against retaining Doc.  But if it means starting his son in the backcourt then he should go.  Can't see us hiring Vogel or Hornacek.  Sorry.

I want the best coach available regardless of race. 

Apr 12, 2018 12:20pm
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Clippers1121 wrote:

I am just saying we need more black head coaches in the NBA.  Not less.  Our team should be the one providing leadership in this area.  Sam Cassell might be a good replacement for Doc.  Or Woodson.  Not against retaining Doc.  But if it means starting his son in the backcourt then he should go.  Can't see us hiring Vogel or Hornacek.  Sorry.

 

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, but you did not express that very well in your previous post when you cited the Facebook example. Ballmer doesn't need to hire a black head coach because we are in LA, he's shown he can add diversity in other areas. Both sides have no reason to part ways, we are not contenders and while he can be frustrating at times Doc is clearly not a terrible coach. Most of his crimes have been in the FO.

Apr 12, 2018 12:21pm
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gilp5 wrote:

Doc didn't do a terrible job this season. It wouldn't be the end of the world if they keep him for 1 more. An extension would be terrible though and obviously they should try to get rid of Austin if it is possible.

Amazing how people are already talking themselves into this. By the time Doc signs his extension, there will be excuses for why that's "not the end of the world" too.

Apr 12, 2018 12:23pm
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By the way, we can kiss the 2019 free agency plan goodbye. No star wants to play for Doc. You don't think they all heard what Ray Allen said about him in his new book?

Apr 12, 2018 12:24pm
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We could have had Dwayne Casey. He was a finalist for the job at the time we decide to hire Vinny Del Negro. Raptors have done well under him. 

Apr 12, 2018 12:39pm
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Damn, u all maybe right. Doc likely to stay for another year....
Apr 12, 2018 2:20pm
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trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:

trapp76 wrote:

The fact that there is actually uncertainty about Doc's position is progress for us.

It's a good sign that this tweet was actully required in the first place.

LOL, you actually think there's "uncertainty" about Doc's position

Yep, I do.................until I see him signed to an extension, which there have been no reports of.

If Ballmer were Doc's boy he never would have fired him as GM and brought in Jerry West or any of the other new front office guys to replace him, he never would have met with Chris Paul for dinner and asked his opinion either (as CP and Doc/Austin are clearly enemies, you are either on Doc/Austin's side or on CP's side). 

Blake also would have never been traded as Doc was 100% against that trade.

The only real vote of confidence in Doc would be an extension. 

 

Still think Ballmer isn't Doc's puppet?

Apr 12, 2018 2:21pm
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VFHS wrote:

By the way, we can kiss the 2019 free agency plan goodbye. No star wants to play for Doc. You don't think they all heard what Ray Allen said about him in his new book?

It's not 2019 yet.

Apr 12, 2018 2:24pm
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VFHS wrote:
trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:

trapp76 wrote:

The fact that there is actually uncertainty about Doc's position is progress for us.

It's a good sign that this tweet was actully required in the first place.

LOL, you actually think there's "uncertainty" about Doc's position

Yep, I do.................until I see him signed to an extension, which there have been no reports of.

If Ballmer were Doc's boy he never would have fired him as GM and brought in Jerry West or any of the other new front office guys to replace him, he never would have met with Chris Paul for dinner and asked his opinion either (as CP and Doc/Austin are clearly enemies, you are either on Doc/Austin's side or on CP's side). 

Blake also would have never been traded as Doc was 100% against that trade.

The only real vote of confidence in Doc would be an extension. 

 

Still think Ballmer isn't Doc's puppet?

Yes. Puppets don't demote their puppet masters.

If you believe Doc's word all the time, I've got some beach front property in Nebraska to sell you. (see "ball movement" and "JJ Redick was begging to come back to the Clippers" for examples)

 

Apr 12, 2018 2:23pm
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trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:

By the way, we can kiss the 2019 free agency plan goodbye. No star wants to play for Doc. You don't think they all heard what Ray Allen said about him in his new book?

It's not 2019 yet.

And when Doc's still here, you'll be saying "it's not 2020 yet."
Apr 12, 2018 2:25pm
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VFHS wrote:
trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:

By the way, we can kiss the 2019 free agency plan goodbye. No star wants to play for Doc. You don't think they all heard what Ray Allen said about him in his new book?

It's not 2019 yet.

And when Doc's still here, you'll be saying "it's not 2020 yet."

We'll see.

Apr 12, 2018 2:25pm
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trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:
trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:

trapp76 wrote:

The fact that there is actually uncertainty about Doc's position is progress for us.

It's a good sign that this tweet was actully required in the first place.

LOL, you actually think there's "uncertainty" about Doc's position

Yep, I do.................until I see him signed to an extension, which there have been no reports of.

If Ballmer were Doc's boy he never would have fired him as GM and brought in Jerry West or any of the other new front office guys to replace him, he never would have met with Chris Paul for dinner and asked his opinion either (as CP and Doc/Austin are clearly enemies, you are either on Doc/Austin's side or on CP's side). 

Blake also would have never been traded as Doc was 100% against that trade.

The only real vote of confidence in Doc would be an extension. 

 

Still think Ballmer isn't Doc's puppet?

Yes. Puppets don't demote their puppet masters.

And Ballmer didn't really demote Doc. Doc said it himself: he's still going to be involved in personnel moves alongside his buddy Frank. And, of course, he's still our coach. But by all means, keep grasping at straws to deny the truth.
Apr 12, 2018 2:26pm
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VFHS wrote:
trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:
trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:

trapp76 wrote:

The fact that there is actually uncertainty about Doc's position is progress for us.

It's a good sign that this tweet was actully required in the first place.

LOL, you actually think there's "uncertainty" about Doc's position

Yep, I do.................until I see him signed to an extension, which there have been no reports of.

If Ballmer were Doc's boy he never would have fired him as GM and brought in Jerry West or any of the other new front office guys to replace him, he never would have met with Chris Paul for dinner and asked his opinion either (as CP and Doc/Austin are clearly enemies, you are either on Doc/Austin's side or on CP's side). 

Blake also would have never been traded as Doc was 100% against that trade.

The only real vote of confidence in Doc would be an extension. 

 

Still think Ballmer isn't Doc's puppet?

Yes. Puppets don't demote their puppet masters.

And Ballmer didn't really demote Doc. Doc said it himself: he's still going to be involved in personnel moves alongside his buddy Frank. And, of course, he's still our coach. But by all means, keep grasping at straws to deny the truth.

If Doc said it, then it MUST be true!! lmfao

Apr 12, 2018 2:27pm
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Interesting.............Doc lives in Orlando:

 

 

 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Magic have fired head coach Frank Vogel.
 
Vogel had a lot of success as the head coach for the Pacers, but his time with the Magic wa a different story. The Magic had a 54-110 during his two seasons at the helm, so they will move on to their fifth coach since firing Stan Van Gundy in 2012. This job opening will certainly have a lot of appeal, as the Magic have some nice young pieces in Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac to go with a likely top-5 pick in a strong draft.

 

Apr 12, 2018 2:27pm
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trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:
trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:

By the way, we can kiss the 2019 free agency plan goodbye. No star wants to play for Doc. You don't think they all heard what Ray Allen said about him in his new book?

It's not 2019 yet.

And when Doc's still here, you'll be saying "it's not 2020 yet."

We'll see.

We will see. Ballmer hasn't proven me wrong yet, though. Still Doc's puppet until proven otherwise.
Apr 12, 2018 2:29pm
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VFHS wrote:
trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:
trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:

By the way, we can kiss the 2019 free agency plan goodbye. No star wants to play for Doc. You don't think they all heard what Ray Allen said about him in his new book?

It's not 2019 yet.

And when Doc's still here, you'll be saying "it's not 2020 yet."

We'll see.

We will see. Ballmer hasn't proven me wrong yet, though. Still Doc's puppet until proven otherwise.

He actually has proven you wrong already in a way, by stripping Doc of GM duties and bringing in Jerry West.

Apr 12, 2018 2:33pm
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If Ballmer wasn't Doc's puppet, Doc wouldn't be talking to reporters in front of a Clippers backdrop right now. He certainly wouldn't be talking about the personnel moves he's going to make this offseason. He'd be cleaning out his office and looking for his next job.
Apr 12, 2018 2:56pm
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Apr 12, 2018 3:46pm
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VFHS wrote:
If Ballmer wasn't Doc's puppet, Doc wouldn't be talking to reporters in front of a Clippers backdrop right now. He certainly wouldn't be talking about the personnel moves he's going to make this offseason. He'd be cleaning out his office and looking for his next job.

Did he go about it that way when he left Boston? He is still under contract, just like he was then.

He worked behind the scenes through back channels to find another job, while still officially holding the title of head coach for the celtics.

Apr 12, 2018 3:51pm
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trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:
If Ballmer wasn't Doc's puppet, Doc wouldn't be talking to reporters in front of a Clippers backdrop right now. He certainly wouldn't be talking about the personnel moves he's going to make this offseason. He'd be cleaning out his office and looking for his next job.

Did he go about it that way when he left Boston? He is still under contract, just like he was then.

He worked behind the scenes through back channels to find another job, while still officially holding the title of head coach for the celtics.

This article is from exactly one month prior to Doc Rivers being traded to the Clippers.

Apr 12, 2018 3:53pm
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trapp76 wrote:

Interesting.............Doc lives in Orlando:

 

 

 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Magic have fired head coach Frank Vogel.
 
Vogel had a lot of success as the head coach for the Pacers, but his time with the Magic wa a different story. The Magic had a 54-110 during his two seasons at the helm, so they will move on to their fifth coach since firing Stan Van Gundy in 2012. This job opening will certainly have a lot of appeal, as the Magic have some nice young pieces in Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac to go with a likely top-5 pick in a strong draft.2

 

 

Vogel or anybody else, it doesn't matter, no coach would have won much with that lineup. Elfrid Payton is their best player.  Aaron Gordon shot 43% which is horrible for a PF. He's started early down the Blake Griffin career path but without the passing. And Doc isn't going to be interesting in trying to turn a 24 win team into a 30 win team next year, then a 36 win team the year after

Apr 12, 2018 4:02pm
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Mistwell wrote:

trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:
If Ballmer wasn't Doc's puppet, Doc wouldn't be talking to reporters in front of a Clippers backdrop right now. He certainly wouldn't be talking about the personnel moves he's going to make this offseason. He'd be cleaning out his office and looking for his next job.

Did he go about it that way when he left Boston? He is still under contract, just like he was then.

He worked behind the scenes through back channels to find another job, while still officially holding the title of head coach for the celtics.

This article is from exactly one month prior to Doc Rivers being traded to the Clippers.

Here's the difference you're missing. In that article, it's Ainge doing all the talking. Today, it was Doc himself telling the media that he wants to finish his coaching career with the Clippers and talking about the offseason moves he's going to make.
Apr 12, 2018 5:07pm
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VFHS wrote:
Mistwell wrote:

trapp76 wrote:

VFHS wrote:
If Ballmer wasn't Doc's puppet, Doc wouldn't be talking to reporters in front of a Clippers backdrop right now. He certainly wouldn't be talking about the personnel moves he's going to make this offseason. He'd be cleaning out his office and looking for his next job.

Did he go about it that way when he left Boston? He is still under contract, just like he was then.

He worked behind the scenes through back channels to find another job, while still officially holding the title of head coach for the celtics.

This article is from exactly one month prior to Doc Rivers being traded to the Clippers.

Here's the difference you're missing. In that article, it's Ainge doing all the talking. Today, it was Doc himself telling the media that he wants to finish his coaching career with the Clippers and talking about the offseason moves he's going to make.

The party that wants Doc to stay tells the public Doc plans to stay. In Boston, it was the team that wanted him to stay so the team said Doc is staying and the rumors of him leaving are all manufactured. In LA, it's Doc who wants to stay and Doc saying the rumors of him leaving are all manufactured. Both cases are pretty consistent - the party that wants Doc to stay tells the public Doc is staying. In Boston that scenario ended up with Doc leaving. It may well be the case here as well. We shall see. It took a month from that article, to Doc being traded, last time. Let's see how this plays out. 

Apr 15, 2018 11:17am
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New York has received permission to talk with a former Knicks head coach – Los Angeles Clippers assistant Mike Woodson, league sources tell ESPN.

Apr 16, 2018 8:00pm
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Other teams have fired their coaches and are busy interviewing candidates. Meanwhile, nothing but silence from the Clippers.

Ballmer is Doc's puppet.

Apr 17, 2018 3:15am
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VFHS wrote:

In other news, Clippers Twitter is still insufferable. I've never seen supposed fans of a team be so protective of such a terrible coach and player as these guys are with Doc and Austin - and then they're actually smug about being wrong.

Clippers Twitter and Clipperholics Twitter  are two different things.

Also, that Kobe "U mad?" gif clearly was a joke.