With their ownership situation still in peril, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers received a promotion on Monday in conjunction with a slew of front office moves. For a franchise with a seemingly uncertain future, its front office seems to be planning for brighter days ahead.
Rivers will step into his new role as President of Basketball Operations while still serving as head coach. He was previously Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations.
This is the first major shake-up for the Clippers since the wake of the Donald Sterling controversy that prompted president Andy Roeser to take an indefinite leave of absence.
“I don’t know if I’m doing a good job. I just know I’m doing my job,” said Rivers on the promotion. “There’s no quick solution to this. There’s no banner we’re going to hang, and everybody’s going to be good. We have to redo it.”
Kevin Eastman will move into Rivers former role of Vice President of Basketball Operations, serving as a supervisory role for the basketball operations department. Eastman has been an assistant with Rivers for nine years, also serving as an assistant coach for the Clippers last season.
Other moves include promoting former Director of Professional Scouting Dave Wohl to the General Manager position. Wohl will direct the Clippers’ draft, trade and player decisions. Working with Wohl will be Assistant General Manager Gary Sacks, Director of Scouting Gerald Madkins and Assistant Director of Scouting Jason Piombetti.
Regarding his new front office teammates Rivers commented, “I am extremely excited to work closely with Kevin, Dave and Gary in their new roles as we continue to move the culture of the Clippers forward. Our goals are not only to become a championship team, but a championship organization as well.”
“I feel with the new structure of the basketball operations department, we have taken a positive step in that direction.”