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.
DOC RIVERS: I'm on my way to see your friend Al Michaels at a certain place. So L.A. is good.
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.
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.
You weren't happy on draft night with ESPN's Bill Simmons for accusing you of quitting on the Celtics. Explain your side.