A few days ago, there were several reports that stated the Los Angeles Lakers and Doc Rivers had a mutual interest in combining after the season, since there is a strong possibility Luke Walton would be fired in the offseason.
The Los Angeles Clippers head coach all but shut the door on that rumor when he came out and stated he agreed to a contract extension with the Clippers organization.
There seems to be a reason why he did that.
Michael Wilbon on ESPN:
There are people in southern California right in that environment telling Doc, “You don’t want do this.” And one of those reasons is simply LeBron James. He’s been told by people – and I know this – LeBron doesn’t want to be coached.
Coaching LeBron can be quite tricky as many have found out over the years. With his immense talent comes a bunch of drama, unnecessary attention, and expectations that are magnified with his very presence on a roster.
For his efforts, Rivers have dealt with difficult players over the years, such as, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Rivers has enough reason to stay with the Clippers as they have a real shot in bringing Kawhi Leonard on board during the offseason.