Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer
When Doc Rivers promoted Lawrence Frank to the front office last year the hope was they'd grow into a Pop-RC type front office. Of course, that's what every coach who has ever passed through San Antonio hopes they can find one day. The truth is the working relationship Pop and RC have built is incredibly hard/virtually impossible to replicate.
I don't think today's announcement, that the Clippers are taking Doc's front office duties from him and empowering Frank to do more really changes much day to day. What it does is far more symbolic.
Steve Ballmer made this move. His quotes are in the story and press release. And it's the first time we've really seen him make a big move like this since he's owned the team.
What Ballmer didn't say in any of his statements though, was that he was opening talks with Rivers on an extension beyond the two years remaining on his deal. So essentially Doc just lost some power (even if that's more symbolic), has to endure a day of tough headlines, and got nothing in return. No promise for a new deal, as he coaches a team that just lost its best player.
That puts Doc in a make-good situation this year, where he's got to prove himself worthy of a new contract as just the head coach, or face going into the final year of his deal with a rebuilding team.