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Doc Rivers expects business as usual with interim CEO in place

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Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons should free Coach Doc Rivers to turn his attention back to basketball

In addition to his title of coach, Doc Rivers is also the Clippers' senior vice president of basketball operations.

And with the NBA move to oust owner Donald Sterling, and the team's president, Andy Roeser, on indefinite leave, Rivers has been serving as the face of the Clippers on and off the court.

Rivers recently got some help as the NBA assigned Richard Parsons as the Clippers interim CEO.

"He's going to make a big difference," Rivers during a Monday conference call. "Obviously he's just gotten in the door. Today is the first time he's been in L.A."

Parsons should free Rivers to turn his attention almost exclusively on basketball.

"The fact that we have Dick ... I can really just focus on the basketball part," Rivers said. "That's really the only thing I'm qualified to do anyway.

As far as the basketball side of the business, Rivers was already running the show since joining the franchise during the off-season.

"That really hasn't changed," he said. "We have people in place.  [vice president of basketball operations] Gary Sacks and [director of professional scouting] Dave Wohl and other people are out there watching all the players. They know what type of player that I need in the system ... ."

The Clippers have the 28th pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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