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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers will reportedly walk away from the team if Donald Sterling is the owner at the beginning of next season.
Dick Parsons, interim CEO of the Clippers, testified that he spoke to Rivers about Sterling. Rivers told Parsons if Sterling was still around that he could not continue as the teams president and head coach anymore, reports CBS Sports.
While Sterling is fighting his battle in court, the Clippers franchise is going to suffer even more because sponsors are not sure if Sterling is going to still be a part of the organization in the fall.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has had to deal with several issues since he announced Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA. Sterling filed another lawsuit against Silver and his own wife Shelly Sterling, according to ESPN.
During the 2014 playoffs, players on the Clippers were going to boycott a playoff game if Sterling was not given the toughest penalty possible. Rivers plans on leaving the organization completely if a Sterling return happens.
Parsons says that Doc Rivers has told him, 'If Mr. Sterling continues to own the team, he doesn’t think he wants to continue as coach"
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 22, 2014