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Los Angeles traded an unprotected 2015 first-round pick to the Celtics for the right to hire Rivers as coach, then signed him to a three-year, $21 million deal. He had spent nine seasons in Boston, winning the title in 2008.
DAN PATRICK: How's L.A.?
DOC RIVERS: I'm on my way to see your friend Al Michaels at a certain place. So L.A. is good.
DP: Ah, you're going to play golf. Do you get nervous on the 1st tee with people watching?
DR: I could shoot 100 free throws with hundreds of thousands of people screaming. I get on that 1st tee and I'm shaking in my boots.
DP: Does going to the Clippers make you nervous?
DR: It's a huge challenge. The Clippers have won two playoff series [in the 29 years] since they've been in L.A. My goal is to win four series in one season.
DP: You weren't happy on draft night with ESPN's Bill Simmons for accusing you of quitting on the Celtics. Explain your side.