The racist comments believed to be made by Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling is certainly taking center stage in the NBA.
On Sunday, prior to the Chicago Bulls game 4 loss to the Washington Wizards, Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau expressed his disappointment with the Clippers’ situation while also praising Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers.
“It’s disappointing and it’s sad,” Thibodeau said before the Bulls faced off against theWashington Wizards in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Sunday. “And it’s very unfortunate for our league. Our league has been at the forefront for diversity and equality for everybody so it’s very disappointing. Personally with my relationship with Doc (Rivers) I feel badly for him because I know the amount of work he’s put into preparing that team. But I’m also very glad that he’s the guy there running that organization. I think that’s important for our league.” -Tom Thibodeau, ESPN Chicago
While Thibodeau has little ties to the players of the Clippers’ organization, the Bulls head coach is close friends with Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers. Thibodeau praised Rivers for being the right head coach for the Clippers to handle the situation.
“So [the Clippers' situation] is really disappointing but as I said, I’m glad Doc is the guy that’s there to handle it — because he will.”-Thibodeau, ESPN Chicago
Thibodeau certainly was right in his assessment of Rivers. For the Clippers’ players, Rivers is certainly the right guy to have leading them. Not only is Rivers one of the best coaches currently in the NBA but he has a history with being able to connect with his players on more than a basketball level. The Clippers will certainly be leaning on Rivers in this time of controversy.