Privately, it sounds as if he’s made his decision.
Rivers will never return as president and coach under Sterling, sources told Yahoo Sports, and that’ll start the beginning of a player mutiny that could result with several top Clippers also demanding out of the franchise.
I can understand whatever Rivers decides.
From a basketball standpoint, this is a great job. Rivers makes $7 million per year, coaches a championship-caliber team and has front-office control. Why should he throw that away because a boss he doesn’t necessarily interact with frequently allegedly said racist things?
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On the other hand, why should Rivers help make money for that man? The proud Rivers doesn’t need to align himself with people like Sterling.
There is no easy answer here, and I’m sure Rivers grappled with his choice. I can’t imagine the difficulty of facing the dilemma.
As a curiosity, how would Rivers judge working for a Sterling-owned Clippers franchise if Sterling is suspended? If Sterling still owns the team but states an intention to sell? There are gray areas coming, and Rivers deciding not to work for Sterling is only a step before the coach must address other contingencies.