LOS ANGELES – The longer Doc Rivers sat in the posh hotel restaurant awaiting the arrival of owner Donald Sterling, the more determined he became to never work for the Los Angeles Clippers. Thirty minutes passed, and no Sterling. Forty-five minutes, and nothing. To hell with this, Rivers seethed. "I'm out," Rivers remembers telling himself. "I must not be too important to them." He climbed out of his chair, marched through the lobby, out the doors and instructed a taxi driver to whisk him away. Back at the table, Clippers management wondered to themselves: Will he ever come back?