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LAS VEGAS — A few weeks removed from the chaos, both Doc Rivers and the Celtics have moved forward. The ill feelings from Rivers’s bizarre departure are dissipating, especially since the Celtics have responded with the stunning hire of Brad Stevens and have amassed first-round picks.
Rivers is putting together pieces for a championship run in Los Angeles, taking everything he learned from his nine-year experience in Boston and attempting to build chemistry quickly, as the Celtics did in summer of 2007 after they formed the Big Three.
And sources close to the Clippers say Rivers has taken more organizational control, an indication that he perhaps wanted more personnel power in Boston, something that wasn’t going to occur with president of basketball operations Danny Ainge present.