A Rivers Reunion Is Not Out Of The Question

This season there has not been much buzz from the Amway Center as the Magic continue to struggle. However, there seems to be a quick fix out there in Doc Rivers.  The return of former Magic Coach and current Los Angeles Clippers president and coach would at least bring some excitement back to the City Beautiful. Rivers is just the right guy for the job, as he brings instant credibility with him. He would also provide hope for fans that are sick and tired of the ongoing re-building process. Orlando has missed the playoffs for the last five years, making it that longest stretch in team history without a postseason berth.

Recently ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that there has been some chatter about a Rivers reunion with the Magic sometime ‘down the road.’  Of course Rivers would later refute that claim, but what else can you expect him to say as he is locked up with the Clippers through the 2018-2019 season.

“I can tell you I had a past with the Magic…I have no future. My future is here.”

Now if for some reason thing start to go sour in L.A. you can bet that Rivers would not think twice about giving the Magic a call. It’s quite possible that Clippers owner, Steve Ballmer may shake up the front office. Right now he has final say on all basketball decisions.  In addition, his first NBA head coaching gig was with the Magic in 1999, a position he held until being fired in 2003. And despite changing teams, Rivers still makes his home in Orlando.

For now, any talk of Rivers joining the Magic is pure speculation. But that does not mean that it cannot become a real possibility maybe a year or two down the road. And it is not just River’s basketball knowledge that is so highly coveted…his ability to bring in players that want to play for him is extremely valuable to a franchise.

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Kip Michalak is a former 3-sport collegiate athlete who has been covering the NBA as an Orlando Magic Insider for the past 3 seasons. Kip has also covered high school sports in Tampa Bay for 5 years. In addition to his basketball reporting Kip has covered a handful of major sporting events, which include: 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final 2016 NCAA Frozen Four 2016 Outback Bowl