As the team looks to replace Doc Rivers, the Clippers should look to hire coach Jay Wright from Villanova. Wright, one of the most respected coaches in college basketball, has been with the Wildcats since 2001, posting a stellar 471-182 (.721) record with 14 NCAA Tournament appearances. As the program has improved under his leadership, they’ve emerged as one of the most dominant college basketball teams in recent years: 215-38 (0.850) in the last 7 seasons, with two national championships in 2016 and 2018.

Wright has never coached in the NBA before, but not for lack of opportunity–he simply has his choice of jobs and has always chosen to keep the one he has, just down the road from where he grew up in Pennsylvania. It’s hard to knock Wright’s gig at Nova: building a Hall of Fame resume by winning titles as a hometown hero with essentially a lifetime contract and boosters, administrators, and fans who adore him. If he stays in the Philadelphia suburbs, Nova will only keep adding wins and titles (national championships can be elusive, but the Wildcats are the gold standard of the Big East and were head-and-shoulders above the rest of the conference when I was working at St. John’s).

Moving to the NBA, on the other hand, is a risk. Of the NBA’s 30 head coach jobs, just 9 are occupied by coaches who have been with their team for 4 or more seasons. Four coaches have been hired (meaning their predecessor fired) in 2020; six more jobs remain vacant. Wright, at 58 years old, has a lot of seasons ahead of him, and walking away from a paradise of a collegiate job at Villanova for an unsuccessful 3-year stint in the pros would be a tremendous loss. That scenario isn’t unheard of: Billy Donovan left a similarly iconic legacy at Florida to take the highly attractive Oklahoma City Thunder job in 2015, only for Kevin Durant to depart in free agency next summer and Donovan and OKC to ultimately part ways this off-season. Just last summer, John Beilein left the University of Michigan after an extremely successful decade in Ann Arbor to take the Cleveland Cavaliers job, and he didn’t even make it through his first season.

Even the legendary John Calipari struggled in the pros: after a stellar opening to his career at UMass, he jumped to the Brooklyn Nets and was fired 20 games into his third season before going on to have his spectacular runs at Memphis and now Kentucky.

So, if things are so perfect for him in Pennsylvania, and the transition to the NBA is so perilous, how can Steve Ballmer, Lawrence Frank, and Jerry West convince Jay Wright to coach the Clippers?

Because it’s one of the most appealing job openings in NBA history.

How often does a head coach have an opportunity to walk onto a job with superstars the caliber of Paul George and especially Kawhi Leonard, who has won two NBA Finals MVP awards? The Clippers’ disappointing finish in the 2020 NBA Playoffs aside, they remain among top contenders for the 2021 title chase, backed by an organization so deep with respected staff and executives that it is unrecognizable from the Clippers of a decade ago.

Jay Wright has often talked about loving his job at Villanova and not wanting to leave–but he’s also talked about the urge to coach in the NBA someday. The door appears to be open, albeit narrowly, for Wright to be sold on the right landing spot in the league, with Jeff Goodman speculating that he could be a likely prominent collegiate coach to make the jump. For coaches who make the switch, life in the NBA is a relief from the hassles of recruiting and academics that take up most of someone’s time when they’re running an NCAA program. Count Brad Stevens and Billy Donovan among the successful college coaches who enjoyed only having to focus on basketball when they moved to the NBA, according to this Gary Parrish piece that lays out the case for a coach like Wright to make the jump. And while Wright is well-compensated at Villanova and has turned down higher-paying offers before, perhaps nobody in professional sports is as willing to pay whatever it takes as Steve Ballmer.

Leaving Nova would be heart-wrenching and risky, but if Wright wants to try his hand in the pros he will never get an opportunity better than this one.

If the Clippers want him, it will be up to Ballmer, West, and Frank to convince him of that. Jay Wright is not a mercenary coach. Coaching a winner–and potential championship squad–is certainly important to him, and I don’t doubt an eight-figure salary’s potential to persuade anyone to take a gig, but the Clippers will need to sell him on his role in a larger organizational vision. In order to convince Wright to walk away from a rest-of-his-life utopia in Villanova, the Clippers will need to convince him that there is a potential for the same kind of longevity and fulfillment in LA. A big number next to a dollar sign and the draw of Leonard and George in 2021 (and potentially for a few years beyond) will hopefully get Wright to take the meeting, but in order to get him to take the job it will be up to Ballmer and co. to convince him that the organization is both committed to sustained excellence and capable of living up to that commitment. He’ll need to be impressed with the team’s basketball operations staff–and what happens to the decision-making structure when Jerry West inevitably retires. It probably wouldn’t hurt to use the Clippers’ new arena, expected to open in 2024, as a talking point to demonstrate Ballmer’s commitment to excellence throughout the organization.

In the end, it may not be enough. I can’t say what Wright will choose, and I don’t really know what the right choice would be, either. Leaving Villanova could wind up being one of the biggest regrets of his career–but passing on this Clippers gig would likely be his career’s biggest “what-if” moment. A job offer from the Clippers would force Wright into an excruciating decision.

For LA, there’s no harm in trying. There are two coaches with championship pedigree on the market right now, and both were on the Clippers’ bench last season. With Rivers gone and Lue taking interviews around the league, the Clippers may have to get creative in their hiring search. Wright would be more than an outside-the-box solution; he’d be a paradigm-shifting high-profile addition. From bringing Jerry West on board to trading Blake Griffin to recruiting Kawhi Leonard to trading for Paul George to pushing through the new arena deal to firing Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer has been nothing in his brief tenure as Clippers owner if not unafraid to take drastic action and make improbably things happen once he has decided it’s in the team’s best interests.

If Ballmer sets his heart on Wright, my money’s on Steve.

Lucas Hann

Lucas Hann

Lucas has covered the Clippers since 2011, and has been credentialed by the team since 2014. He co-founded 213Hoops with Robert Flom in January 2020.  He is a graduate of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA and St. John's University in Queens, NY.  He earned his MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University.

95 Comments

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Make it happen Ballmer!

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    @AdamZagoria: Jay Wright says it’s ’embarrassing’ and ‘humbling’ to be linked to NBA jobs. ‘You just hope everything works out. It has for the Knicks, it will for the Sixers and it will for Villanova

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    I like what Dave Joerger used to do in Memphis. I don’t know if he should be interviewed for the Clippers but at least he’s better than Kenny fuckin Atkinson.

    …..I don’t know who should be our next coach!!!

    • Avatar Jonathan Eng says:

      I have a pretty favorable view of Joerger in general. He was screwed over in Sacramento with the crappy roster that he had and meddling owner in Ranadive that basically emasculated any power and ability he had to lead his team and was essentially set up to fail. With that being said, the roster he had in Memphis had a ton of guys who were selfless and pure grit and grind in Gasol, Conley, and Tony Allen. I wonder how he would be able to handle some of the prima donnas on the Clippers.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    Btw, I’ve been re-watching these Fi highlights recently.

    ・Kabengele NBA G League Highlights: December 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afIpbRJIFVc
    ・Kabengele NBA G League Highlights: January 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkS0AqdtdJ0

    ——-
    We have Zu-Noah(if they keep him and if he wants to stay instead of going back to the Bulls to finish his career)-Fi in rotation at the 5. And if JaMychal decides to stay he can play small-ball 5. I’m totally fine with that rotation. With his shooting stroke, size, length and athleticism, Fi is perfect for the modern game. I’m ok with him making mistakes.

    • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

      To people who concern about depth:

      Marc Gasol is signing with FCB. Baynes won’t come here on a cheap contract. He’d rather go to the legit contender GSW because they can offer him a starting role. Ibaka wants to re-sign badly, probably wants one last big contract. And Raptors would rather Ibaka leave for nothing and have the cap space than spend money on a low BBIQ undersized center who can’t defend & shoot. So sign and trade Trez for Ibaka won’t happen and we can’t afford Ibaka anyway. There is no quality player available in the market.
      Plus, I’m not a fan of spending big money at the center position unless it’s Myles Turner($18M over 3-years) so I’ll take a hard pass on trading for an expensive center like Cody Zeller($15M), Capela($20M over 3-years) or Dedmon($13M over 2-years).

      We better develop Fi than stick him in the G-league for years.

      • Avatar chogokin says:

        Said it in another thread, but just as an FYI re: Gasol, reports of him signing w/ FCB are dubious right now: https://www.si.com/nba/raptors/news/toronto-raptors-marc-gasol-fcb-barcelona-free-agency

        • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

          Thanks!
          It looks like the club hasn’t called Gasol and he hasn’t contacted the club, according to the FC Barcelona spokesperson.

          • Avatar chogokin says:

            Yea, and the “reporter” who broke the story has since made their Twitter account private so not a great sign for him. I mean I remember reading that Gasol might look to finish his career out in Spain, so this could happen eventually, but it’s not official yet.

      • Avatar jbugs says:

        Marc Gasol is 35 years old. I don’t think any hopes of success should be tied to him in any shape or form. We gotta focus on younger guys. Players with better years in front of them.

        • Avatar chogokin says:

          Eh, the “hopes” we’re talking about here are “competent backup bigman” and not “playoff savior.” Nobody here expects him to supplant Zu as starter, much less lead the team to a championship. I think a 35 year old Marc Gasol would still fit better (and should be significantly cheaper) on this team than Trez.

          • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

            100% agree. I get some people want a 20ppg/10reb with DPOY level defense starting center but we can’t get this type of player on a vet min.

        • Avatar osamu6238 says:

          I still think Gasol would be a good guy to have around Zu. If he can give you a good 15 minutes a game in the regular season, and like 24 in the playoffs, that would be great. Zu/Gasol rotation at center would be very solid. I like his ability to stretch the floor and playmake, which is really lacking from the center spot currently.

  • Avatar Based Freestyle says:

    All this talk of Ty Lue being the favorite worries me. He’s just going to be Doc all over again. Hiring him would barely even count as a coaching change. Everything Cleveland fans say about Lue sounds very familiar: stubborn, doesn’t make adjustments, favors washed veterans over young players, still milking the ring LeBron won him. The goal should be to upgrade from Doc, not just change the name on the same failed culture.

    The one consolation is that the media has been wrong all the time about what this front office ends up doing, so there’s that.

    • Avatar Carlo T says:

      This is ot, but it seems that doc might get a job in in philly.
      Just because i would really like to get rid of all individuals who disappointed this offseason in a single move, do you think philly and the clippers consider the following trade (or something similar)?

      To LAC: Simmons and Horford
      To Philly: PG, Lou, Trez (sign and trade for c. 9-10 mil)

      The trade is legal (see: https://tradenba.com/trades/thpnuz4AM)

      Philly does it because: PG is a much better fit around embiid, they get some depth for the second unit, they get rid of Horford, Doc has the opportunity to show the world that lou and trezz can win a championship.

      LAC does it because: Simmons is very good (even though flawed), young and under contract for 5 years, you get rid of all players who were (allegedly) a problem in the locker room.

      Does this seem to make sense to anybody?

      • Avatar Carlo T says:

        Also, this was not meant as a reply!

      • Avatar KingAlfonse says:

        I like that trade a lot, personally.

      • Avatar Jonathan Eng says:

        I would actually be good with this trade. If we re-sign Reggie and then we could move Pat Bev to the bench and move Shamet up to start, that will be good. The only issue that I have is with Simmons’ shooting (or lack thereof). Having Horford as a backup center ensures we have someone who has high IQ even if his body cannot physically keep up as much anymore, Horford at least can be in the right spots. He’s also not a black hole (like Trez is). The contract for Horford is pretty bad, but I think that given we are in win-now mode, it’s not a bad idea.

        • Avatar Carlo T says:

          I am not sure I am up for keeping reggie, but yeah, if you do this trade the guard rotation is somewhat of a problem, so that might be the best idea – I am not sure if anybody better would be available on the market for the mini-MLE. Hopefully somebody among Mann/Mcgruder/Shamet can have a bigger role next year.

          • Avatar Jonathan Eng says:

            I don’t like Reggie either, but we could keep him on the cheap, and he is PG’s BFF. Having Pat Bev come off the bench though, could hide him and Reggie would essentially be the third string point guard. The guard rotation would be:

            PG – Simmons/Pat Bev/Shamet/Reggie
            SG – Shamet/Simmons/Pat Bev/Reggie

      • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

        I love this.
        Even though I hate Horford’s massive contract, his skill set is valuable in the modern NBA and we should take this trade if we want Simmons.

        • Avatar Carlo T says:

          Yeah, despite his bad year I still really like Horford, I think at a minimum he could be a good backup (I mean, hopefully).

      • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

        Get ‘er done Elton/Doc/Lawrence!

      • Avatar Based Freestyle says:

        Thing with Simmons is, you’d need the right coach to stop coddling him and make him work on his jump shot. And we don’t even know if Simmons is coachable.

        As it stands now, I think the trade is a lateral move at best. Simmons is a great defender, but ruins any spacing in the offense and has question marks surrounding his attitude. Horford is done and his contract is one of the worst in the league.

        • Avatar Carlo T says:

          I don’t disagree. However, if Simmons had no problems, Philly would never trade him – all players involved in this trade are problematic to some extent (Simmons is still very very good obviously). It’s jus ta matter to decide what problems you’d like to deal with – Simmons not shooting at all or PG13 being ONLY a shooter and never attacking the basket (allowing for some hyperbole).

      • Avatar jbugs says:

        I would absolutely do it. Philly wouldn’t because PG and Lou are one year rentals. They could get much more for simmons who is on pace to being a perrenial all star and is much younger than PG.

        I was pitching a month ago doing this trade with Kawhi instead of PG and making Philly chip in 3-4 first round picks. Simmons, horford and PG would be incredible together and there would still be picks to upgrade the rest of the roster. I imagine Kawhi makes it compelling for philly also.

        • Avatar Carlo T says:

          I don’t disagree with the trade not being amazing for Philly. This is why I think it could happen only if Doc gets there (and he was actually just hired!). If Doc has influence on team building (and I assume he will, to some extent), I think Philly might overvalue Lou and Trezz.

          Also, regarding PG, I am not sure him being a 1-year rental is that big of a deal – I mean, this is the same organisation who gave LAC a little treasure chest for 3 months of Tobias Harris and his bird rights (even though he was also valuable due to his small cap hold, which does not apply to PG) . Similarly with Tobias, only Philly could offer PG a 5 year contract, and given his current career phase I think that would be quite an advantage to retain him. On the contrary, Kawhi is clearly a top-3 player, so he is more likely to leave next offseason, because he is going to have better offers that PG – so I think the one-year rental problem is more an issue for Kawhi than PG.

          Also, Embiid and Simmons seem to be almost on two different timelines – the idea seems to be that Embiid will break down soon, so Philly seems to be in win-now mode, and this trade is kinda build using that mindset. Yeah, Philly could get a package with a better overall value for Simmons (even though I think he is seen as somewhat problematic to build around), but I am not sure they can get a better collection of players for winning now with Embiid as at their centerpiece.

          • Avatar jbugs says:

            I think there is some wishful thinking in there. Philly may over overpaid for tobias harris, but they’ve gotten crushed for that since and can’t afford to make the same mistake again.

            Also, in regards to Leonard being a top 3 player who would have more options after next year, that’s why you want him more than PG. The fact that Philly would have higher chances of resigning PG after next year (due to his age and his lower market value) is the same reason they wouldn’t prefer him.

            Also, if you’re philly, you have to be terrified of the scenario where embiid get’s injured and PG walks. Having Leonard’s bird rights is far more valuable than anything we have to offer. Simmons is a very valuable piece and if Philly is willing to part with him for a win now move, they will likely be getting a big haul in return.

      • Avatar osamu6238 says:

        I love Simmons, but I don’t think I’d trade PG for Simmons. Al is a negative asset at this point and they should be happy to get rid of his contract. I think that’s too much to give up for Simmons.

  • Avatar mlslaw1 says:

    I like Wright. He’s had a long ass run at Nova so it’s time for another challenge, ala Donovan. At 58, he’s young and vital enough to last awhile and old enough to command player respect. He’s been thru many, many pressure packed situations where he’s had to make crucial, strategic calls and came out, for the most part, on the right side of those decisions. I think he’d staff up really well too.

    Kinda helps that he looks like George Clooney (:

  • Avatar James R says:

    Just stop. This is NOT going to happen. Jay Wright is very happy at Villanova. He is from nearby Bucks County and his wife is a Nova graduate. He has a national title contender this year and arguably has the #1 incoming classs in 2021. He’s turned down opportunities to interview and take bigger jobs in college and in the NBA. He’s essentially turned down the Sixers twice and that is his hometown NBA team, wouldn’t require him to move, and the team has two young (albeit not cohesive) stars. The Sixers are also in the much easier Eastern Conference and they also have deep pocketed ownership. If he didn’t interview for that opening this year, he’s certainly not entertaining going to the Clippers.

    • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

      Thanks for your unbiased opinion, NovaFan

      • Avatar Novafan says:

        I am definitely biased, but this is just a ridiculous article. Jay has consistently stated that he has no interest in leaving his dream job including several weeks ago when his name yet again circulated in the Sixers rumors. His name has also been thrown out there for openings at the University of Kentucky, UCLA, and the Knicks through the years. He’s built a consistent national title contender for many years, including probably the next several seasons based upon the current roster and an incredible recruiting class. Most NBA coaches don’t last long in jobs. Jay could stay at Villanova for another 15+ years and never have worry about losing his job. The NBA season is long and requires a lot of travel. He likely has already “scratched the itch” of working with NBA players since he is part of USA Basketball. He may even get an opportunity to coach an Olympic team at some point.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    ★ 76ers deal with Doc Rivers ‘could be imminent’ ★
    It’s clear that Doc Rivers is now the leading candidate for the 76ers’ head coaching job, and that a deal could be imminent. A league source said the Sixers and Rivers are working through details and the job is his to turn down. The former Los Angeles Clippers coach interviewed on Wednesday. Sources confirmed that he watched the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals with the Sixers owners that night.

    ———

    Let’s send Trez & Lou to the 76ers!! Unbridled Love -Chapter 2- !!

  • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

    Hmmm, I question whether this is a slam dunk. Both Stephens and Donovan inherited relatively young teams without the pressure of one year to win it or else. Our team even with upcoming changes will likely be very vet heavy and don’t know if Jay Wright can instantly command the locker room. If we had a longer time horizon, then I’d be all for it.

    Lucas, what is it about Wright’s personality, philosophy and/or tactics that makes you think he’s a good fit beyond just having an impressive win/loss record?

    • Avatar Based Freestyle says:

      I think one thing people miss when they worry about players buying in is that the roster may look very different next season. The Clippers might not be judging candidates on how the current roster might react to them.

    • Avatar Jonathan Eng says:

      I disagree with you on Donovan if you’re talking about OKC when he took over a team with Russ and KD. In Chicago, yes, Donovan has no expectations to win in the first year.

      • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

        He had expectations but it was nothing like our one and done. He had KD signed for 3 years.

        Wright would be crazy to step into this environment as his first pro gig, TBH.

        • Avatar Jonathan Eng says:

          Donovan only had KD paired with Russ for his first year with OKC (2015-16). The following year was when KD bolted to GSW. That was the year OKC was up 3-1 on GSW in the Western Conference Finals before losing and GSW went on to lose a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in the Finals.

  • Avatar John Maclean says:

    Broad strokes. This makes sense if we could get Levert/Dinwiddy and change back (DJ reunion?). Also makes sense for PG as a 3rd option for them.

    https://www.nbaanalysis.net/2020/10/01/rumor-paul-george-could-be-traded-to-the-nets/

    • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

      I’d do the deal if it was Allen instead of DJ. LeVert concerns me though since he thrives on high usage. Like exceeding Kawhi level usage.

    • Avatar Carlo T says:

      This could be interesting. Still, the idea of a PG13, Durant and Irving locker-room is a bit… scary (could be entertaining though).

  • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

    Jovan pointed this out but it weird that none of our players have publicly thanked Doc. I would think at least Lou or Trez as he built up their careers.

    • Avatar chogokin says:

      Maybe more shoes are about to drop and they wanted to wait until they found out what team(s) they’re being traded to.

      • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

        Yeah, could be the reason but you would think a simple “thx, coach” from someone like Lue is in order.

  • Avatar sjake says:

    Wow…that was quick. Good move for Philly and Doc. Now, Doc just needs to give us Simmons. I watched that guy up close play the Warriors. He is a talent…that is being wasted in Philly.

    • Avatar chogokin says:

      I actually think this is a terrible signing for Philly. Granted, I think Doc is a big upgrade from Brett Brown, but we all know Doc’s weaknesses (i.e. uneven rotations, favoritism that can bleed into not holding guys accountable, and reticence to make adjustments), and they line up pretty squarely with the Sixers’ weaknesses (i.e. Simmons/Embiid not being held accountable for refusing to even attempt to shoot and for showing up out of shape every year, a thin bench that might result in guys like Neto getting huge minutes, and a lack of roster flexibility). I joked about the Sixers getting back to the 2nd round, but unless their roster goes through some major renovations I seriously think their ceiling is probably at about the 2nd round – even with Doc as coach this season, that Sixers team doesn’t make it past Boston/Toronto/Miami, and next year Brooklyn should be quite a bit better too.

      For Doc, I understand he wants to compete for a title right away (he said he didn’t want to do a rebuild here too), but that Sixers roster and FO situation seems….less than ideal. I wish him the best, but I really think he would’ve been better off joining the Pelicans or the Pacers.

      • Avatar Based Freestyle says:

        “Granted, I think Doc is a big upgrade from Brett Brown”

        I don’t see how. I mean, even Brett Brown hasn’t blown a 3-1 lead three times.

        • Avatar chogokin says:

          Blowing a 3-1 lead is more embarrassing, yes, but your team still won 3 games. As opposed to, y’know, getting swept. From what I’ve seen from the Sixers over the last couple of seasons, Brett Brown was similar to Doc, but if you made him even worse at x’s and o’s.

          • Avatar Based Freestyle says:

            Doc’s blown 3-1 leads are a testament to his stubbornness, hubris, refusal to make adjustments, and unwillingness to reflect on or learn from past failures.

            I mean, shit happens sometimes, but there’s a reason he’s the only coach to ever do it three times.

          • Avatar osamu6238 says:

            I remember being really impressed with the way the 76ers played back when they were being led by Robert Covington and Richaun Holmes. Felt like Brown got the most out of those guys (although those guys turned out to be very solid players).

            Definitely don’t think there is a huge gap between Brown and Doc’s coaching, even if probably by perception these days people would say Doc is the far superior coach.

      • Avatar sjake says:

        Very curious what Philly will do with their roster. Probably run it back with Doc as new coach and see what you got. If not, hope we are on the phone with them as a trade partner.

        • Avatar chogokin says:

          I hope our FO is one the phone w/ every team out there right now. Specifically talking Philly though, unless we’re looking at an Earth-shattering megadeal (re: PG13 and one of Simmons/Embiid involved), I don’t really see who the Clips would want. Clips need a playmaker and Philly doesn’t have one of those outside of Simmons. Clips need a backup big-man and Kyle O’Quinn is a FA. Yes Thybulle and Richardon would be great, but they aren’t the Clips’ most pressing needs and Philly probably values them at higher than what the Clips would give up for them (e.g. we aren’t getting Thybulle for McGruder).

    • Avatar osamu6238 says:

      I”m really curious how Doc will use Embiid. He’s never really had a skilled guy like Embiid at Center. Always thrived on getting the most out of the hustle bigs like DJ and Trez. Plus with his switching style of defense, always expected his bigs to be able to cover guards, which I don’t think is Embiid’s strong suit.

      I can just see some contention between Doc and Embiid coming in the near future. Doesn’t seem like a great match of styles on the court or personalities. I think Doc will give Simmons and Embiid a shot this year, and if it still doesn’t work out, Embiid will be the one to go.

  • Avatar KingAlfonse says:

    Should’ve traded Doc for a pick to restock the armory.

    Doc would’ve done better in NOLA, frankly, but Doc thinks he would do better in a clearly negative situation. Such is Doc. Grateful for a lot of what he did here and wish him well but between his disastrous FO tenure here and the 3-1 leads, I’m glad to move on.

    • Avatar chogokin says:

      Normally I would’ve said “Doc isn’t an asset,” but given how quickly Philly signed him I would think we could’ve gotten something (maybe a 2nd rounder?) for him. Makes me wonder if Ballmer just put his foot down and overruled the rest of the FO and rushed this firing through – and honestly I don’t blame him. I’m still pissed off at how our season ended.

    • Avatar Based Freestyle says:

      You guys act like coaches are traded for picks all the time. Just because we were dumb enough to do it (mostly because CP3 forced us to by using his free agency as leverage) doesn’t mean other teams are.

    • Avatar osamu6238 says:

      I did wonder if there was a market for Doc, especially after there were so many vacancies this year, maybe one team would be willing to give up something. Definitely don’t think you could “restock the armory”, but maybe a 2nd round pick or two.

      • Avatar KingAlfonse says:

        That’s literally all I meant. A 2nd round pick or two. Just something to help have some more shots. Which I guess doesn’t matter because ballmer will just buy them anyway.

    • Avatar dhpat says:

      If we really needed a 2nd round pick that badly, Mr. Ballmer would simply purchase one.

  • Avatar dhpat says:

    Parting ways with Coach Rivers was a right first step, but overreacting during this short offseason is not good.
    Our team is still pretty good. It is very disappointing that we didn’t get a chance to mind meld enough on the basketball court like other successful teams.
    Yes, we need a more consistent point guard (Bev hasn’t been able to stay healthy for consistency; Lou and Reggie are not starter PGs and have defensive issues).
    Trading for Simmons is questionable — he hasn’t shown the ability to improve. Why hasn’t Simmons gotten a good shooting coach and spent a summer in the gym putting up 1000 shots every day?
    But, I’m more concerned with the lack of focus and leadership.
    I have been disappointed with Lou Williams and Pat Beverly. They have both shown big lapses of judgment or just plain immaturity.
    Kawhi has to step up to that leadership role (he got us in this situation by forcing the trade for PG13) whether he is comfortable with it or not.

    • Avatar mlslaw1 says:

      “he got us in this situation by forcing the trade for PG13”

      and I wonder if, down deep, KL has any regrets about the trade. If he does, he’ll never admit it. But, I think, he mite have one or two.

      • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

        Even if he wanted PG (or another star of similar stature) on the team, the timing was simply bad GM-ing by Kawhi. The Clippers had absolutely zero leverage and had to mortgage their entire future. It’s often referenced that the package was for PG and KL, not just PG… and that’s the problem.

        With Kawhi on the roster, the Clippers still could have chased a star throughout the summer and at the deadline, with the not-so-bad consolation of SGA and Gallo still being on the team if a deal didn’t get struck. We know that Houston was looking to offload CP3, etc. Plus, even if the Clippers eventually end up trading for George anyway, they wouldn’t have had to give so much up. Kawhi might not care about whether or not the Clippers have a pick in 2025, but that pick is a tradeable asset and having a bare cupboard means the Clippers are at a disadvantage when names like Jrue Holiday come up.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    Ty Lue didn’t accomplish anything without LeBron. And that champion ring mostly due to Warriors’ stupid choke/Bogut’s injury/Draymond’s suspension.
    The same writers who are saying Lue is the betting favorite to replace Doc said that Doc was safe last week.

  • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

    Now that Doc is resolved, how does Bud still have a job? Bucks under more pressure than we are.

  • Avatar John Maclean says:

    Hopefully this doesn’t get lost in the fog but what about David Blatt? Don’t just blow this idea off. He is a mastermind that is totally off everyone’s radar because Lebron threw him under the bus for TL. He’s got all the poindexter cerebral chops to pull this mess together.

    • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

      Blatt retired from coaching, worked in the Knicks FO for a year, and now is part of the ownership group for a team in Europe.

      It’s possible he could be lured back into coaching as he is 61 years old, but right now he’s out of the game.