Doc Rivers having ‘Power Struggle’ with Clippers Executives

Doc Rivers having ‘Power Struggle’ with Clippers Executives

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The Clippers have been known to be a dysfunctional franchise since Donald Sterling owned them. After the debacle with Donald Sterling, Steve Ballmer was supposed to be the answer that the Clippers needed for turning the franchise around. Unfortunately, this does not seem like the case.

According to Bill Simmons, Ballmer has shown no evidence that he is qualified to run a basketball team. He says that there is a laundry list of things that are making the Clippers dysfunctional.



After signing Spencer Hawes for their first round pick, the DeAndre Jordan signing, and signing his own son, there has been animosity between Doc and the Execs of the Clippers. TMZ kept digging as well, to find out more information on the current state of the Clippers front office.

TMZ Sports spoke with multiple sources within the organization — including players — who tell us the drama all centers around Gillian Zucker, the team’s president of business operations.

Long story short … several players and key staffers feel she’s not just stepping on Doc Rivers’ toes, but she’s creating a divide … leaving many wondering who’s really calling the shots in Clipperland….

But we’re told Zucker has been increasingly more involved on the basketball side … inserting herself into things like player development and playing time decisions … and it’s leaving many people confused, since she’s often not on the same page as Doc.

Doc has specifically has problems with Gillian Zucker, the team’s president of business operations. She has been supposedly stepping on Doc’s toes and the two have not been getting along. She also has been said to have been trying to get involved on the Basketball side of things, but that is specifically up to Doc Rivers. Bill Simmons also adds that she has fired people that fueled the flames of the current state right now.

Ballmer is going to have to step it up and fix these issues within the organization. The Clippers had a great offseason and they look like contenders, but internal struggles can always lead a good team into a bad situation. It will be interesting to see what the Former CEO is going to do with his new basketball team.