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June 26. 2013 10:33PM

Dressed-down Doc Rivers arrives in LA


Doc Rivers, 51, the Los Angeles Clippers’ new head coach and senior vice president of basketball operations, speaks at a news conference at the Clippers’ training facility in Playa Vista, Calif., Wednesday. (REUTERS)

LOS ANGELES — Newly-appointed Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers arrived at his team’s practice facility on Wednesday in casual attire that showed just how surprised he was to be there.

Rivers, one of the most successful active coaches in the NBA, was wearing low-top sneakers and a short-sleeved shirt at his introductory news conference a day after he was acquired from the Boston Celtics.

Weeks of on-again, off-again talks between the two teams finally resulted in a deal on Tuesday that saw the Celtics release the 51-year-old former coach of the year from his contract in exchange for a 2015 draft pick.

“This was a strange ordeal over the last couple weeks, to the point, as you can see my attire, I don’t have any suits because they’re all in Boston right now,” Rivers told reporters.

“I flew in from Orlando, that’s where I stay in the off-season, and I basically wear shorts and T-shirts all summer.”

The Clippers did not release terms of the contract given to Rivers but multiple media reports say he agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal.

Prior to joining the Celtics in 2004, Rivers spent just over four seasons as head coach of the Orlando Magic, earning NBA coach of the year honors in his first season when he led a team that was expected to finish last to a playoff berth in 2000.

Under Rivers, the Celtics won six Atlantic Division titles in nine seasons and the league championship in 2008. He also owns the NBA’s third-best record since 2007 among active coaches.

Despite telling the dozens of reporters gathered at the Clippers practice facility that he was uncomfortable being the center of attention, Rivers was less bashful about his goals for himself and his new team.

“It’s nice to do a lot of winning, it’s nicer to be the winner and that’s why I’m here, that’s what I want to do,” said Rivers. “And quite honestly, at this point in my life, that’s the only reason I’m coaching, is to try to win titles.”

The Clippers won the Pacific Division last season with a 56-26 record but lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. Shortly after, the team decided not to resign Vinny Del Negro as coach after three seasons.


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