Doc Rivers shuts down rumors coaching Lakers: “I’m going nowhere”

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Dec 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

With the Los Angeles Lakers disappointing season winding down, much of the attention has gone to the coaching search. Most expect that Luke Walton will be fired after the team was unable to reach the postseason in their first year with LeBron James, leading to speculation of who will replace him.

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been some rumors swirling around about LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers being a prime candidate for the job. Much of those talks seem to be unfounded, but there was enough smoke for the potential coach of the year winner to shut down those rumors ahead of a recent Clippers game, via Clutch Points’ Tomer Azarly:

Obviously, no head coach would say they are going to leave their current situation (especially if it involves a playoff berth) to go coach a team that does not have an open position, yet.

Nevertheless, going on record to debunk the rumors is a powerful statement, especially when added to Rivers disclosing his contract status with the Clippers. It seems pretty clear that the Lakers will have to look elsewhere for their lead man on the bench.

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