The NBA on Friday named former Time Warner CEO and chairman Richard Parsons as interim chief executive of the Clippers. Last week, the NBA banned Clipper owner Donald Sterling over racist comments that sparked outrage from players, fans and league executives. This week, Clipper president Andy Roeser was placed on indefinite leave.
What are your thoughts on the hire and have you talked with Parsons?
Rivers: “We did talk a couple of times. This morning we talked, and it was really nice. I don’t know Dick very well. But from what I heard from everyone who knows him and from talking to him today, I think it’s a very good hire for us.”
The NBA said you would be on the search committee. Have you been involved?
Rivers: “Yeah, they’ve done a great job. They’ll call you. I wasn’t actually out there searching. I mean, I’ve got other things to do. They’ve done a great job of keeping me up to date on where they’re at and what they’re doing. I trust the league in this so well. They’re smarter than me in this. I don’t have a lot to say, to be honest, because I don’t think I should have a lot to say in it.”
Does this hire allow you to focus on basketball?
Rivers: “Yeah, and let’s be honest. Other than the one time where it was really need for me to go downtown, the people downtown have done a terrific job, and I haven’t needed to do anything but basketball anyway. They’ve been really good. They’ve really kept us afloat down there with ticketing and marketing and sponsorships. So other than talking to ’em on the phone a couple of times, they’ve done a great job. They’ve really allowed me to get back to basketball. Even before this, and this makes it even better.”
Were you asked to run the company?