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Doc Rivers Welcomes Fresh Start with LA Clippers

(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

by GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even Doc Rivers got weary of the two-week saga of his departure from the Boston Celtics to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Yet when his “strange ordeal” finally ended this week, Rivers didn’t even pack a suit before heading out to the West Coast to take on another coaching challenge.

The Clippers formally introduced Rivers at their training complex Wednesday after dealing a first-round pick to the Celtics to land one of the NBA’s most respected veteran coaches.

Rivers says he felt he couldn’t lose after Boston’s Danny Ainge raised the possibility of trading him to the Clippers. Rivers claims he would have been happy with either team.

He’s eager to maximize the potential of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who’s expected to stay with the Clippers as a free agent.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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