Doc Rivers leaves the LA Clippers

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes from inside the bubble says he didn't see that coming

Video Transcript

LAJETHRO JENKINS: So the Doc news just came out. How do you-- how do you feeling about that? Did you see that coming? I think we all thought initially. And then when Ballmer said that he was sticking with him, it seemed like he was going to be there next year.

CHRIS HAYNES: No, I didn't see that at all because the Clippers' brass told me that he was safe. There were players who weren't thrilled about their assignments and their roles. And that-- those things are going to come out later.

But, you know, I definitely think something happened. I was informed by the Clippers' brass that he was safe the day after it. And then now this happened. The wording of the press release was, it was a mutual agreement--


CHRIS HAYNES: --to part ways. When you're dealing with the owner-- when owner makes decision, nine times out of 10, it's not mutual. It makes some-- somewhat sense. You know, this was-- this was a team that was expecting to compete for a championship. We thought, for sure, that we were going to at least get a Lakers, Clippers playoffs.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Anything less was unacceptable--

CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah, anything--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: --than the playoffs.

CHRIS HAYNES: --less than that. Like I don't know if the Clippers going to get to the Finals, but we at least expected for those two teams to meet.


CHRIS HAYNES: And they didn't even get to that point. And then to blow a 3-1 lead against, you know, the Denver Nuggets' squad. Like, come on, it was unacceptable. So I get it. But I was surprised, just based off of what I was told.

JOSIAH JOHNSON: And Paul George some of the guys kind of not seeing eye to eye. Do we think that this firing was player motivated?

CHRIS HAYNES: I don't like-- when I'm reporting, I like to report in print first because that's when I'm-- that's when I'm like, for sure, on my intel and what I gathered. But I wouldn't be surprised if it was player motivated.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Where do you think he may land at?

CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah, there's definitely some good options out there. Look, I think if you're looking at Philly, you're looking at Indiana, you're looking at New Orleans, I see-- I see him as a better fit over there in Philly. Like and I know like, as of right now, it was supposed to be D'Antoni's job to move over there in Philly.

I just don't know how D'Antoni's system is going to work with a Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid [INAUDIBLE]. Doc can go over there. I think that his style of coaching fits them a little bit more.