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Doc Rivers gave Ty Lue his blessing to take the Clippers job

Ty Lue owes Doc Rivers his coaching career.

The two first connected in Orlando in 2003, when Lue played for Rivers for 11 games before the coach was fired. That created a lasting relationship, and when Lue went into coaching in 2011 after retirement, Rivers had a spot for him on his staff.

“Doc has been my mentor since I’ve been in the league and coaching, and he gave me my first opportunity, so without Doc, I wouldn’t be in this position today,” Lue said at his introductory press conference.

The pair stayed together for two years with the Celtics and made the move together to Los Angeles in 2013.