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Lakers Rumors: Team Sources Deny Waiting For Doc Rivers Situation Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="302"] There's only one week left in the month of July and the Los Angeles Lakers are still the only team in the NBA without a head coach. M [new_royalslider id="302"] There's only one week left in the month of July and the Los Angeles Lakers are still the only team in the NBA without a head coach. M Rating: 0
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Lakers Rumors: Team Sources Deny Waiting For Doc Rivers Situation

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There’s only one week left in the month of July and the Los Angeles Lakers are still the only team in the NBA without a head coach. Mike D’Antoni resigned back on April 30 forcing the Lakers brass to start the coaching search, but despite numerous candidates being interviewed, the team has been reluctant to name his successor.

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One theory that has started to circulate has been that the Lakers are waiting to see how things pan out with Doc Rivers. Rumors have been floating around that Mitch Kupchak and company may be stalling in their coaching search due to the possibility of landing Rivers.

Even though the Rivers-to-Lakers rumors continue to circulate, team sources are denying any truth to the rumors, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:

Amid all the unanswered questions who the Lakers will hire as their next head coach and when, two team sources strongly disputed that any delay stems from waiting out to see if Clippers coach Doc Rivers will become available because of embattled owner Donald Sterling prolonging a costly litigation battle.

The Los Angeles Clippers remain a mess at this point with owner Donald Sterling refusing to cooperate leaving Rivers’ future uncertain. Dick Parsons, the interim CEO of the team, has stated that Rivers is not sure he wants to coach the Clippers if Sterling remains the owner.

Along with Rivers seemingly having one foot out the door with Sterling still around, team sponsors have also indicated no desire to continue with the Clippers if Sterling is still in the picture next season.

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Basically, Sterling will either destroy or resurrect the Clippers with his actions in the coming months. If Sterling eventually gets pushed aside due to the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer, the sponsors will be throwing their money at the team with hopes of a fresh start. If the controversial owner is still around come October, the Clippers will have some serious problems with Rivers wanting out and players possibly also wanting to leave the team.

As for the Lakers, the coaching search continues with Byron Scott seemingly still atop the list of candidates. Scott has been interviewed by the team on multiple occasions and appears to be the frontrunner to land the job moving forward.
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  • purp&goldpride

    A dumb rumor to begin with. Doc is a great coach, but I honestly don’t like him or anyone associated with clippers/celtics. Move on.

    • courtney harris

      anything to give lakernation hope and make your blog more popular.

      • purp&goldpride

        I don’t think this site came up with the rumor, Bill Simmons did. And we all know not to trust anything that comes out of that scumbags mouth, especially pertaining to the Lakers.

        • courtney harris

          right now im going to reserve judgment on him. i dont know enough about him to make a call. what i do know is that everyone is down on the lakers. no one but this site is seeing the potential. the media is so caught up in all of this superstar teaming up with superstar type mess, that if you dont demand a max salary, theres nothing you can do for your team.

          this team has a bunch of role players surrounded by the 2nd greatest player in the game. yes hes older, but he is also 4 years removed from a 2 peat. he also has a chip on his shoulder. he doesnt need to motivate these guys, because honestly they all something to prove. lin and davis have already said thats its personal. at the very least this team will compete and take back the arena.

    • Al Simmons

      What makes Doc a great coach?
      He STUNK before Ainge gave him a shot at coaching the Big 3. It was
      Thibs who implemented the defense which won the chip & a return to the finals.
      Since Thibs left & signed with the Bulls, Rivers has been out coached every post season. Rivers still trying to use Thibs system but cannot reproduce it.
      Rivers is an average coach, far from great or elite.
      Watch the Clips get out coached again next post season if Doc is their coach. He is way over rated.

      • dan8inch

        Agreed

      • Showtime

        Thank you that’s what been saying! Even at that time they were saying thibs was the one who came up with defensive scheme .

      • LALyfe

        Then who else is gonna coach? LOL Byron Scott??? He’s almost as bad as D’antoni and won’t bring any defense to the Lakers either. Should’ve went for Hollins, but management’s been taking its sweet time all offseason…

  • courtney harris

    thank you. i usually dont like the use of sources, but because i really want to believe that the lakers are not this dumb, I’ll take it.. im glad this rumor came out because NOW the lakers cant hold on hiring a coach now

  • purp&goldpride

    Plus he whines alot……

  • RUDY T.

    No Doc Rivers.Move on and close this subject please.

  • Just For Fun

    Nope we don’t want his Celtics/Clippers ass coaching our Lakers.

    • laracraftmili

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  • Lakers In 4

    Thank god the Lakers are denying the long wait being for Rivers.It’s a fake rumor.

  • In Lakers We Love

    If the Lakers admitted they were waiting for Doc Rivers they would get hit with tampering and other things like discussing a contracted head coach in the media as person of hiring interest and it would be a bad thing for the Lakers.Really the Lakers are not at all waiting for Doc but the team would never admit they were even if it was true.Tampering is when you pursue a contracted member of a rival team and that rarely happens and the Lakers have never been a tampering team.

  • Lon

    Lakers better not hire Doc Rivers he is trash.

  • Fred

    Doc Rivers is an excellent coach and the best coach out there right now. Anyone who doesn’t like Doc is either vain or isn’t a Lakers fan who is trying very hard to sabotage the Lakers.

    • Badazztj12

      Why would we like him. He was a Celtic. YOU must not be a Laker fan.

      • cyborgspider

        So was Rick Fox and he ended up working out just fine. Why are people so insecure about it?

    • dan8inch

      Look at doc rivers 8 plus years before ray Allen and Kevin Garnett went to the Celtics. He sucked always had a losing record. He might be an alright coach but not good or great. Took a. Big three to a championship in a very weak east that year

  • KelliAFranklin

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  • WAYNER

    WELL PROVE TO US THE SOURCES ARE FALSE AND HIRE BYRON SCOTT TODAY .

  • Qing Zhang

    Doc Rivers is a so called good coach because he was lucky enough to have KG, Pierce and Ray on the same team during their prime, and all he could do is one and done. A great coach is a coach like Popavich, Rivers is an average coach.

    • dan8inch

      So true

  • Joel

    Just no.

  • Don

    Not a fan of Doc Rivers.Please no.

  • Captain Obvious

    Build the offense around Kobe and put the ball in Kobe’s hands and then playoffs.No need for Doc Rivers we have Kobe and the offense belongs to him and Mitch said we will hire a coach special for Kobe to get the most out of Kobe.

  • Captain Obvious

    Kobe needs the ball in his hands 90% of the time and it’s always been that way.

  • Captain Obvious

    Any coach coming to the Lakers must know it’s Kobe’s team and Kobe’s offense he does what he wants and shoots as much as he wants.Jeremy Lin becomes a spot up shooter and Julius and Boozer rebounders.Ed and Hill defenders and rebounders,put back shots.Kobe dominates the Lakers offense and he does pass the ball only when he feels he needs to.Successful Lakers teams were built on the Kobe offense and any good coach can work for Kobe.No Doc he is a jerk.

    • joshhh

      marion is gone he’s getting interest from Atlanta god sakes fkn mitch I really wanted marion

  • 3339

    well they are waiting for someone. It doesn’t make sense otherwise. If they aren’t waiting on anyone, the roster is pretty much set. SO HIRE BYRON SCOTT.

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  • Vince Staley

    Well….If the Lakers are not waiting on Doc, they are definitely delaying a hire. Of course, the Lakers are watching the Clipper situ. To admit interest in Doc would be tampering.

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    Just name Kobe player/coach and call it a day …

    Thanks for taking the time to read this post,
    Bryant T. Jordan

    Author of “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book”

    The book that PERFECTLY PREDICTED Julius Randle being drafted by the Lakers AND LeBron James returning to Cleveland MONTHS AGO!

  • Lakers4Life

    As long as we land Jeff Van Gundy, everything will be fine.

  • roseducanna

    RIVER > SCOTT.

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