Clippers’ Doc Rivers not interested in discussing Lakers coaching job

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers reacts to a call in the first quarter of a playoff game against the Warriors on Tuesday at Staples Center.
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When Clippers Coach Doc Rivers was told his name has been mentioned among candidates that could become the next Lakers coach in the wake of Mike D’Antonio resigning on Wednesday, Rivers rolled his eyes.

Rivers has two years left on his contract that pays him $7 million a season. He is also the senior vice president of basketball operations with the Clippers, giving Rivers the authority to make any basketball-related moves he desires.

“I’m the coach of those guys,” Rivers said pointing at his players.


“So I’m not even going there. But honestly, that’s the first I’ve heard of it. I’m going to stay out of that.”

In another example of the Clippers having to deal with questions outside the realm of playing basketball, Rivers was asked who would he like to be the owner of the team in the wake of Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban and the NBA’s stated desire to force a sale of the franchise.

“I’m not thinking about any of that stuff,” Rivers said.