LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even Doc Rivers got weary of the two-week saga of his move to the Los Angeles Clippers.
He thought the unusual deal was dead several times, and he insists he really didn’t mind the prospect of returning to the Boston Celtics.
“I felt like I was the only guy in all this that was in a win-win,” Rivers said.
Rivers held two group interviews yesterday. The second was a conference call with the Boston media.
He was asked why he left.
“Honestly, that’s an answer – it’s one of those that there’s just no answer to it,” he said. “It’s not like I was looking for change. This kind of came about and I think that’s already – I think Danny talked about that (Tuesday).
“Let me start by saying this: I didn’t go into this whole process at the end of the year, I never went into Danny’s office, never had any conversations about ‘If you don’t bring Kevin (Garnett) and Paul (Pierce) back, I don’t want to come back.’ I never went into his office and said that if (Rajon) Rondo is there I don’t want to come back.”
He downplayed reports of major issues with Rondo.
“Rondo and I, our relationship has really grown and it’s good. Danny and I’s relationship was great. It’s the same thing really I’ve gone through every year – at the end of the year, I just don’t know if my time has run its course and if it’s time to change. You know that.
“Two years ago I thought it and I ended up signing (a five-year contract extension) because really at that time, I thought I had to sign. I just thought it was the right thing to do in the part where our organization was at. . .