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Doc Rivers will no longer hold the position of president of basketball operations with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN.
The Clippers hired Rivers as president and head coach in 2013, signing him to a lucrative five-year, $50 million deal.
Rivers will continue to have a strong say in roster personnel and organizational matters, but executive VP of basketball operations Lawrence Frank will now oversee all front office stations including the general manager role, per ESPN.
The Clippers have averaged 54 wins in the regular season since Rivers came on board. But once the lights get bright and it’s playoff time, Los Angeles becomes a totally different team, one that has succumbed to adversity and pressure time and time again.
In the 2014 postseason, the Clippers were tied 2-2 with the OKC Thunder in the Western Conference Semifinals. They had a seven point lead on the road with 49.2 seconds left in Game 5. It would take a bad collapse for a team to lose that game.
Well, it’s exactly what the Clippers did, as they lost Game 5, 105-104. The Thunder then finished the Clippers off in Game 6 in LA.
The following season, the Clippers once again found themselves in the second-round, this time matched up with the Houston Rockets. LA took a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5 in Houston. As expected, the Rockets won that game to keep their season alive at home, with everyone assuming the Clippers would take care of business on their home floor in Game 6.
Through three and a half quarters, the Clippers looked like they were on their way to the Conference Finals. They built a 19-point second half lead in Game 6, and the LA faithful were booming inside the Staples Center.
But then, Clipper Nation saw their team crumble like never before.
The Clippers pulled off an epic choke job at home, blowing their double-digit lead to the Rockets’ role players and eventually losing the game.
The Rockets won Game 7 too, sending the Clippers home yet again in embarrassing fashion.
The Chris Paul era is over, as the All-Star guard was traded to the Rockets as part of a sign-and-trade agreement.
Blake Griffin re-signed for another five-years and he will try and lead the Clippers to somewhere Paul couldn’t: past the second-round in the postseason.