Netease Sports reported on September 30:
Yesterday, Clippers coach Rivers dismissed get out of class, and according to ESPN, the Clippers owner Ballmer was determined to fire him, and he had also consulted Leonard and George in advance.
ESPN reported that after the Clippers’ Western Conference semifinals were reversed by the Nuggets, Ballmer and Rivers had several phone calls to discuss the future direction of the team. In the end, Ballmer felt that the two sides had different ideas and deliberately fired Rivers.
Before he made a final decision, he and Clippers president Frank and team consultant West discussed the matter, and also sought the opinions of some players, including the team's two stars Leonard and George.
At present, it is unknown what Leonard and George have about firing Rivers, but reports indicate that Ballmer is determined to fire Rivers regardless of their views.
Although Rivers coached the Clippers to get the most victories in team history, the winning percentage is also ranked first, but the Clippers have never reached the Western Conference finals is a flaw. In particular, in his 7 years of coaching, Ballmer was unable to accept two crashes that led to a 3-1 lead and then was reversed.
Ballmer bought the Clippers in 2014 when he said that he knew little about running NBA teams, so he would not participate in the decision-making process of the team's major moves. But 6 years later, everything has changed, and he still has a killer for Rivers, who he once trusted so much.