Here is a roller coaster subject we thought we had surpassed: during the current court case involving the Sterling Trust,
Parsons says that Doc Rivers has told him, ‘If Mr. Sterling continues to own the team, he doesn’t think he wants to continue as coach”
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 22, 2014
This is far from new information, but it’s a refresher to how serious some have taken the Donald Sterling accusations as opposed to others. In April during the Clippers’ opening playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported the possibility of Rivers walking away from the organization if Donald Sterling remained the owner of the franchise.
Rivers will never return as president and coach under Sterling, sources told Yahoo Sports, and that’ll start the beginning of a player mutiny that could result with several top Clippers also demanding out of the franchise.
On the outside, you almost want to applaud Rivers for taking a stance of this significance. It’s not often that a team owner is caught on tape spewing negative thoughts of a racial group and when something of that magnitude happens you want those who can greatly impact the situation to take a grave stance, in hopes of deterring future situations from occurring.
But with Doc Rivers, this isn’t the case. If anyone is familiar with Sterling’s history with minorities it’s a former Los Angeles Clippers player. He knew just as much as we knew about Sterling’s past prior to his power move last summer, forcing himself out of a poor situation in Boston, landing on a fruitful opportunity in Los Angeles which included a front office position and coaching a team led by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
When it mattered most, power mattered more to Rivers than integrity and now, finding himself in the situation he wiped away from his mental, Rivers is opting to take a cowardly route instead of facing the music.
And while Rivers’ threat will catch the eyes of many, the odds of Sterling being the owner come November are slim to none. Either the Steve Ballmer deal is cleared or the NBA removed Sterling from ownership and takes control of the franchise.
Doc Rivers is an excellent basketball coach and great leader, but under this pressure his hypocritical ways have shine through. The quote “pressure busts pipes” rings true once again.