Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers admitted Tuesday in a radio interview that he walked away from his former team the Boston Celtics.
“I did at the end of the day,” Rivers admitted to Felger & Mazz on CBS Radio Boston. “You make choices in your life, it happens… It was a very difficult decision for me to make; whether to walk away and sit a couple of years, which was another way I was leaning, or if the right job presented itself to walk away and do that.
“I was afforded a great opportunity here with the Clippers. This is the first time I’ve been able to coach a team and run a team,” Rivers continued. “This may work, it may not work. It’s a far bigger gamble for me than anyone else. So I thought it was the right time to take it.”
Rivers will return to Boston Wednesday night when the Clippers and Celtics play. He has guided the Clippers to a 14-8 record so far this season.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Rivers said. “I think you guys make it a big deal. I put in nine great years here, and nine great years. There’s no controversy here about that. That’s the way I look at it. I’ve had such a good time today walking around the city and seeing a bunch of friends, going to my favorite places and restaurants.
“There are always changes in life, and that’s what this was,” Rivers said of his departure. “It was the right time for all of us, in my opinion. It happened and you move on.”[SIWire]