Doc Rivers keeps work streamlined for Clippers

Doc Rivers won’t let his role as Clippers coach/semi-GM get in the way even in the sometimes harried weeks leading up to the NBA trading deadline.
“It won’t change. I’ll do my job,” Rivers said Friday before the Clippers took on Toronto at Staples Center. “I’m going to say 75 percent of that (trade talk) is ridiculous. The players have been around long enough to understand. Some haven’t/ There are special cases where you can tell chatter affects them, and you may grab one or two of them but I won’t change the way I handle that.”
The Clippers of course, have been part of the speculation surrounding anything from LeBron James’ future to a possible Jared Dudley deal, among other rumors.
Rivers, also the senior vice president of basketball operations, mainly allows vice president Gary Sacks to do the wheeling and dealing, if there is any. But the coach also knows his counsel will be in demand.
In Boston, Rivers had Danny Ainge take care of the business end with the Celtics.
“It’ll be interesting, it’s obviously heated up, the calls,” Rivers said. “But Gary Sacks handles most of those. The difference is we probably talk more now. We talk every day, but other than that it doesn’t change much.
“I’m going to coach the team and my job is to make the team better if I can but it won’t change a lot. The difference, I guess, is if there is something, I’ll be on the phone instead of not having to deal with it over the last nine years.”

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