With all the circus fiasco the Los Angeles Clippers had to deal with and them being on the brink of elimination tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder, could Clipper coach Doc Rivers 'had enough' and want out of Los Angeles?
I sense that Rivers is unhappy in L.A; I could be wrong. But it's a mess in that Clipper organization right now, after what's gone on there.
Now...would (Phil) Jackson want Rivers to coach the Knicks? I don't see why not. He's a winner, teaches defense, and, Phil said it himself, this team needs (I'm paraphrasing) a coach that can connect with the players. Rivers would connect with these Knick players, immensely.
If Rivers came to New York, you will see Knick players like J.R Smith, Iman Shumpert, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler come to camp, up beat -- and ready to play in the fall.
If Jackson and Rivers don't agree on working together, they both need to sit down think about how big of change they would make in New York.
The problem with Jackson is, I think he wants to build his own coach. He wants to make a new coach like a Steve Kerr or Derek Fisher. He'd probably feels, adding Rivers wouldn't make him(Phil) look like he's making a change in New York. Example: If the Knicks win a title with Rivers coaching, Jackson would probably feel like he had nothing to do with that.
A Jackson-Rivers tandem would be special in New York.
Jackson could want his own guys, or want his best friends coaching only -- but at the end of the day, it's about the Knicks winning a championship and Jackson having to deliver that in the next five years.