The Los Angeles Clippers are 8-14, just 10th in the Western Conference. Oftentimes, when a team disappoints, the coach of that team is held responsible – whether justified or not. That won’t be the case with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, reports Sam Amick of USA Today:
Three people with knowledge of the situation say Rivers is likely safe for this season, with his championship resume still held in high regard and the injuries to four of five opening-night starters having made it unfair – in [owner Steve] Ballmer’s eyes – to accurately judge his coaching performance this season.
Injured players on the Clippers include Patrick Beverley, Blake Griffin, Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic.
This is a very reasonable approach by Ballmer; it’s nice that he isn’t looking for a scapegoat, but taking a reasonable approach.
It is, after all, a difficult job to coach a team with a myriad of injuries – especially in its first season without Chris Paul – to a winning record.
In other Clippers news, DeAndre Jordan, the one starter who hasn’t been marred by injury, has hired an agent, which points to the idea that he believes he might be moved.