Mark Cuban flying several, including Doc Rivers, to Flip Saunders’ funeral


Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Clippers coach Doc Rivers have taken shots at each other explicitly and implicitly over the DeAndre Jordan saga.

But when it really counts, Cuban has Rivers’ back.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

This is a very nice gesture by Cuban for Rivers, who shared his favorite Flip Saunders story earlier this week.

Rivers, Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times:

“The year Flip was fired he basically became one of our assistants and traveled on the plane with us,” Rivers said, recalling 2012, when he coached the Boston Celtics and Saunders, who’d been dismissed by the Washington Wizards three months earlier, joined Rivers’ staff as an advisor at the start of the playoffs. “We had this running thing, Flip and I, that no matter where the city was, we’d walk back to the hotel from shoot around during the playoffs. That was our thing.

“First round, it was Atlanta, a short walk, I think it was like a two-mile walk. Then we got to Philly, and that walk was 7 1/2 miles, so the first day we did it, the second day we did it. Then we lost Game 5, which we could have knocked them out, and we go back in the coach’s room, and everybody was down, but Flip looked despondent. I was like, ‘Why are you so upset?’ He was like, ‘I don’t care about the loss, I’m pissed because we have to walk back to the hotel. 7 1/2 miles.’ And we did it.”