Los Angeles Clippers and Doc Rivers have reached a mutual agreement for Rivers to step down as head coach of the LA Clippers.
Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer called it a "mutual decision."
The Clippers were picked as the favorite to win the NBA championship after acquiring All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
"Doc has been a terrific coach for the Clippers, an incredible ambassador, and a pillar of strength during tumultuous times," Ballmer said in a statement Monday (September 28). "He won a heck of a lot of games and laid a foundation for this franchise."
Rivers had two years left on his contract and has been the coach in five of the Clippers' six best regular seasons.
The Clippers went 49-23 in the regular season, the fourth-best record in franchise history, but squandered a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals against the Denver Nuggets.
"Thank you Clipper Nation for allowing me to be your coach and for all your support in helping make this a winning franchise," Rivers said in a statement posted to Twitter. "When I took this job, my goals were to make this a winning basketball program, a free agent destination, and bring a championship to this organization.
"While I was able to accomplish most of my goals, I won't be able to see them all through. Though it was a disappointing ending to our season, you are right there and I know what this team is capable of accomplishing with your support.
"Thank you to all the players, coaches, and staff for helping us get here. Most importantly, thank you to the fans. We went through a lot, and I am grateful for my time here."
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