He helped his team finish as the No. 3 seed, closing out the season having won seven games in a row and 14 of their last 15.
On Thursday, he was honored.
The day before he was honored, however, Rivers was disappointed.
The improbable happened, as the
"It's just life," Rivers said. "Why worry about it? We did what we were supposed to do, we won the games. They won, until the last one, they won the games. I've been saying it all year: You're going to play someone hard, and they tell me we're playing the Spurs.
The Spurs are the defending NBA champions and have won five titles, while the Clippers have never made it past the second round of the playoffs in their 45-year franchise history.
At least Rivers had some good news come his way Thursday.