Doc Rivers says he’s uncertain about his coaching future with Clippers

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates In the end, the Clippers finished with a winning record, but they failed to win 50 games and advance to the playoffs for the first time in Rivers’ five seasons as their coach. Rivers couldn’t coax enough wins out of his patchwork lineups in order to grab a postseason berth.It wasn’t for a lack of trying, however.Rivers used 37 different starting lineups this season, the most in the NBA. He mixed and matched players without being able to count on a starting five night after night. His rotation was constantly changing because of the Clippers’ many injuries.By season’s end, the Clippers played only six quarters with their lineup as planned coming out of training camp. Milos Teodosic suffered a plantar fascia injury in the first half of their second game, the first in a string of debilitating injuries that short-circuited their playoff chances.The season was not a total loss, though. LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers has one season remaining on his contract to coach the Clippers, but he couldn’t say Wednesday with any degree of certainty whether he would return to the team in 2018-19 or whether he would sign a contract extension to keep him on the job beyond next season.“I love what I do, but that doesn’t mean that you keep doing it every year, do you know what I mean?” Rivers said before the team’s season finale against the Lakers at Staples Center. “I can’t even answer the question. I love where we’re at as a franchise. I will say that. I would honestly say that a year ago I don’t know if I would have had that same feeling.“So, we’ll see.”Early in the season, when the Clippers were mired in a nine-game losing streak and they were crippled by injuries, there was chatter that the team might fire Rivers. Later, when they rallied into playoff contention after trading Blake Griffin, there was talk that he was an NBA Coach of the Year candidate. Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “There’s two ways to look at it,” Rivers said. “The positive way, for me, is due to the injuries and really the injuries only, we had a really successful season. … I would challenge any other team to have not have three or four starters every night and come up with the record we had. …“The negative side of it is we had all these injuries and we weren’t allowed to be who we think we could have been. For me, I’m very proud of the group and I’m very disappointed because of the injuries. It’s my first time in 10 years not making the playoffs. It’s not something I want to get used to.“I don’t even know what to do tomorrow.”The finality of missing the playoffs hit Rivers earlier this week, when coaches around the league began calling to ask for scouting reports on potential playoff opponents. He was only too happy to offer his advice on attacking and defending other teams, but it soured him.“That’s not a good feeling, honestly, and I don’t want to get used to that,” he said.C.J. WILLIAMS HONOREDClippers guard C.J. Williams won the G League’s Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, given to the developmental league player who “best represents the ideals of character and conduct on and off the court.” Williams split his season between the Clippers and their Ontario-based G League team. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more