Doc Rivers steps down as Clippers president, will be head coach only

The Los Angeles Clippers and head coach Doc Rivers mutually agreed to let Rivers step down from his front office duties with the organization, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rivers is still the head coach, and Lawrence Frank is now in charge of basketball operations.

Rivers was the Clippers president of basketball operations and head coach since 2013. Even though he will not work in the front office any longer, Wojnarowski reported that Rivers will still have a strong voice in team and organizational decisions.

The Clippers promoted Frank, a former head coach with the Nets and Detroit Pistons, a year ago to handle day-to-day operations in the front office. Rivers and Frank will now have to report to owner Steve Ballmer.

“I’ve owned the team for three years now, and I really better understand what an owner’s responsibility is — and it turns out that running a franchise and coaching are two enormous and different jobs,” Ballmer said.

Ballmer went on to say that the Clippers need “two functional strong people” to build this team. He also said players need to have a different relationship with the head coach and

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