The Los Angeles Clippers may have thought they had escaped front office chaos when Donald Sterling left the franchise over 12 months ago, but it looks like new issues have arisen with his replacement.
And, whilst it is not on the same scale as the racism storm that led to Sterling selling the franchise back in mid-2014, there are signs that it is causing significant friction just one month away from the beginning of the 2014-15 NBA season.
As first reported by TMZ, the issue this time around is the role of Gillian Zucker - the team's president of business operations, and the first significant hire of the Steve Ballmer era.
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"Several players and key staffers feel she's not just stepping on Doc Rivers' toes, but she's creating a divide...leaving many wondering who's really calling the shots in Clipperland."
Having been employed to oversee business operations at the LA franchise, there is increasing speculation that Zucker's role has stretched into the basketball sphere.
"[Zucker is] inserting herself into things like player development and playing time decisions...and it's leaving many people confused, since she's often not on the same page as Doc."
Alongside the TMZ report, which even goes on to claim one player left the team this offseason specifically because of the dysfunction, Bill Simmonds has previously offered his own insight into what appears to be a concerning situation. And the former ESPN personality has spoken out today:
Whilst Clippers fans may have been happy with the team's offseason business when it came to player recruitment, it looks like there may be issues brewing behind the scenes that those same fans will be hoping don't come to scupper what could be a promising season.
Clippers fans: Are you convinced by Doc Rivers and Steve Ballmer? Have your say in the comments below...