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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he doesn’t intend to leave and denied a report about having an interest in the Los Angeles Lakers.
That may be a good thing.
According to Michael Wilbon of ESPN, Rivers was warned to stay away from coaching Lakers superstar LeBron James.
“There are people in southern California right now in that environment telling Doc he doesn’t wanna do this,” Wilbon said of the Rivers-to-Lakers rumors. “And one of those reasons is simply, LeBron James. He’s been told by people — and I know this — LeBron doesn’t want to be coached. He’s never been coached by someone with that kind of personality, command, authority, acumen, intellect. He’s rejected that. So Doc is being reminded of that by people.”
James and the Lakers have had their share of drama in his first season with club, and James has admitted, wherever he goes, drama tends to follow. The Lakers are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoff race.
Meanwhile, Rivers told reporters Tuesday he will not be leaving the Clippers anytime soon.
“I have a job and the Lakers have a coach,” Rivers said told reporters Tuesday. “I’m going nowhere. I can tell you that, straight, up front. I’m going to be here until [Clippers owner] Steve Ballmer says get out. I plan on being here a long time.”
The Lakers are expected to part ways with coach Luke Walton following the season.