Rivers made his comments in the postgame press conference after the Clippers' 105-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.
The New York Knicks must now regroup after focusing their initial search for their next head coach on Steve Kerr, who turned down president Phil Jackson on Wednesday to accept a five-year, $25 million offer with the Golden State Warriors.
Jackson, who built a relationship with Kerr while the Chicago Bulls were winning championships, was expected to have the inside track to give Kerr his first NBA coaching job and bring him to New York to implement Jackson's triangle scheme.
Stan Van Gundy believes that being a basketball lifer qualifies him to be his own boss in Detroit.
Van Gundy would not have left the warmth of his Florida home just to coach the downtrodden Pistons. He wanted control of personnel decisions and found an owner who was willing to give him that authority as its president of basketball operations. The Pistons did that while also naming him as their head coach.
"I've grown up around basketball. It's all I've done," said Van Gundy, who received a five-year, $35 million contract to turn Detroit's fortunes around. "My dad coached. It's all I've done and I think I know what it takes to be successful. I think I know what it takes to build successful teams."
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