LOS ANGELES, California — On Thursday night at the Staples Center head coach Doc Rivers earned his 900th career victory as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Portland Trailblazers 107-101.
“It’s just the people,” he said, citing his assistants over the years in Orlando, Boston and LA. “The players are the most important. They make you better. Those plays you run at the end, that’s the players making those shots. It’s all them.”
Rivers is the 13th coach in NBA history to reach 900 wins.
"The 900 is because of all ya'll."
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) November 8, 2019
Doc began his coaching career in 1999 with the Orlando Magic. Rivers won the Coach of the Year award in 2000 after his first year with the Magic. That season, he led the team that was picked to finish last in the league to a near playoff berth.
Rivers later took over for the Boston Celtics where he earned the honor to coach the East for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
On June 17, 2008, Rivers won his first NBA Championship as a head coach with the Boston Celtics after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Rivers accomplished his 900th win as the franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Clippers wore Buffalo Braves-styled orange and black trimmed jerseys representing their years in New York state from 1970-78.