The Los Angeles Clippers are only hurting themselves by not firing Doc

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The Los Angeles Clippers aren’t getting better any time soon, so it’s time to make a change at the top.

If there was ever a time for the Los Angeles Clippers to get it together, now would be it. If they want to not run the risk of becoming one of the laughingstock teams in professional basketball, they’ll do what’s right for them in the long run even if it might hurt momentarily.

For whatever reason, it doesn’t feel like Doc Rivers has been given a short enough leash or time on the hot seat. Time after time, playoff disappointment after disappointment, and first round exit and injury after injury, Rivers has remained with the team.

Even after Chris Paul, who is now with Houston after being dealt in an off-season sign-and-trade deal but played a great deal of time in LA under Rivers, expressed his detest for his former coach. The problems for the Clippers start at the top, and it’s only fair that they start doing it.

It’s not fair to Blake Griffin, who just decided to come back in the off-season when he didn’t have to — and it took the Clippers shelling out serious money for that to even happen. They shouldn’t have trusted Griffin to be the sole leader of the team, and they’re now paying for that mistake as the honeymoon phase has ended abruptly.

In perhaps one of the more stunning flip-flops in recent memory, the Clippers have managed to turn an undefeated start through four games to winning one of their next twelve games and currently being stuck in a nine-game losing streak.

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If the Suns can experience turnaround after firing their coach and then trading a star early in the season, the hope would be that so can the Clippers. But if they can’t get it through their head that Doc Rivers needs to go and the team needs to move on, they’ll never dig themselves out of this hole.