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NBA Q&A: Clippers coach Doc Rivers talks about how he was able to stay focused on basketball

Clippers coach Doc Rivers weighed in on the Donald Sterling turmoil and the changes in the Clippers organization.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 10, 2014
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                 Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, reacts to a call by official Eric Lewis during Game 1. 
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Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, reacts to a call by official Eric Lewis during Game 1. AP photo

Rivers: “That part, no. I don’t know marketing and sponsorship sales, any of that stuff. The basketball part, that’s going to take care of itself, and they’ve been pretty good, even before any of this, Andy and everyone was good. So that really hasn’t changed, and I’ve been allowed to do what I wanted to do, and do the basketball part that I want to do. So that’s good.”

Shelly Sterling (Donald’s wife) called during the Golden State series, wanted your permission to come to games. Since then, she’s done her own thing, coming to games, putting out statements? How do you view that phone call now?

Rivers: “I view it the same way. At the time, you make a decision you think is the right decision. I would love to go back and do all our lives back over again, if we could. I don’t think we can do that, that I know of. It’s still a very murky situation. I don’t think that’s going to change for awhile. It is what it is, and we’re going to deal with it. I think we’re doing our best.”

Is this chapter behind you and you can now focus on basketball?

Rivers: “I would love to feel that way, but we all know that’s not all true. From my standpoint, we’re focusing on basketball. If something else comes up, it comes up and you just gotta deal with it. But it’s not like I’m going to sit around and wait for it to come. I’m going to coach my team, and if something comes up, then you just deal with it. That’s basically what I’ve told our guys. Life happens, and so what. You just gotta deal with it.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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