How well do you know your Los Angeles Clippers Coaches?
The Los Angeles Clippers have been around since the 1970 – 71 NBA season. The Clippers were formally known as the Buffalo Braves and coached by Dolph Schayes. There have been twenty-nine Clippers Coaches since their first appearance in the NBA. While one of the most famous Los Angeles Clippers coaches is Doc Rivers are you familiar with the other twenty-eight coaches?
Jim Lynam was the head coach in the 1984-1985 season after moving to Los Angeles from San Diego where he ended his coaching career with the Clippers with weak 52-91 record in 2 seasons.
Don Chaney was the Head Coach from 1985-1987 where his record was a weak 53-132 in 3 seasons.
Don Casey was the head coach from 1988-1990 where his record was a weak 41-85 record in 2 seasons where he was the 3rd straight losing coach for the franchise since moving to Los Angeles.
Mike Shuler was the head coach from 1990-1992 where he was the 1987 Coach of the year when he was with the Portland Trail Blazers his record with the Clippers was then a disappointing 52-75 in 2 seasons where he was the 4th coach in a row to 20+ games below 500.
Bob Weiss was the head coach in the 1993-1994 season where he was fired after 1 season with a weak 27-55 record where he is now the 5th straight coach to be 20+ games below 500.
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Bill Fitch was the head coach from 1994-1998 where he was the 1976 Coach of the Year back with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the 1980 Coach of the Year with the Boston Celtics. He was also named one of the top 10 coaches of All time in 1997. He coached the Clippers to a weak 99-229 record after there 6th straight coach with 20+ games below 500.
Chris Ford was the Head Coach from 1998-2000 after coaching them to a weak 20-75 record where he is the 7th straight coach who led them to a record 20+ game below 500.
Alvin Gentry was the head coach from 2000-2003 after coaching Elton Brand and Corey Maggette from the beginning of there era and coached them to a weak 89-133 record where he is now the 8th straight head coach to coach them to a record 20+ games below 500 and then he came back in 2014 as an associate head coach for 1 season and then bolted for the Golden State Warriors 1 year later where he won a NBA Championship and then bolted 1 year later and is now the Head Coach for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Mike Dunleavy was the head coach from 2003-2010 where he led the team to a game 7 in the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns with a lineup of Elton Brand, Sam Cassell, Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, and Chris Kaman and won 47 games that season. He was the 1999 Coach of the Year with the Portland Trail Blazers. He coached them to a weak 215-316 record after being the 9th straight coach to lead them to a record 20+ games below 500.
Vinny Del Negro was the head coach from 2010-2013 where he coached them to 2 straight playoff appearances with a lineup with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler, and Chauncey Billups and had there 1st 50 win season and pacific division title in the franchise history. He coached them to a great 230-128 record where the Clippers have finally got a coach who can coach them to an above 500 record but his job was cut short due to not getting them over the hump in the playoffs and the lack of developing young stars such as Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Eric Bledsoe.
Doc Rivers is the head coach he was acquired from the Boston Celtics in exchange for 2 1st round picks where he won a Championship with the Boston Celtics back in 2008. He has now led the Clippers to a 3rd straight playoff appearance with a lineup of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, JJ Redick, and Luc Mbah Moute. Ever Since he came to the team Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan’s improvement went up the ceiling. he has led them to a great 166-80 record in 3 seasons. He may wind up ending his coaching career with the Clippers with an NBA Championship. Doc Rivers is considered one of the best if not the best Los Angeles Clippers Coaches of all time.
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