Doc Rivers isn't sure he'll return to Clippers next season after Donald Sterling's alleged rant

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Rivers has reportedly declined a meeting with Donald Sterling.

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Allegations of racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling surfaced this week, forcing head coach Doc Rivers to re-think his attachment to the club past the end of this season, according to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Rivers was brought in during the summer of 2013 on a three-year, $21 million deal. Los Angeles finished with a regular-season record of 57-25, good enough for the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference. Sterling reportedly asked for a meeting with Rivers, but the coach declined.

Donald Sterling fallout

"I have been asked if I need to talk to him, with Donald, and I passed, quite honestly. I don't think right now is the time or the place for me, at least. So I just took a pass," said Rivers.

Clippers players were given the day off on Monday so they could recoup their bodies and thoughts in light of the tension-filled atmosphere they face returning home for Game 5. Rivers, aware of the delicate situation his team is in both on and off the court, has said he is unsure if the Staples Center is a safe haven for his team.

The Clippers are in the middle of a heated battle with the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors. The series is tied, 2-2, and the two teams play again Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

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