Doc Rivers, Clippers agree to contact extension

By Michelle Kapusta,

The Los Angeles Clippers and Doc Rivers have agreed to a contract extension that will keep the head coach and president of basketball operations in town for five more years.

ESPN reported that the team announced the extension that runs through the 2018-19 season on Wednesday.

New team owner Steve Ballmer said that signing the 52-year-old coach was a major priority.

“This is an important day for this organization,” Ballmer said in a statement. “I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court. Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team."

Rivers, who coached the Clippers to the playoffs in his first year with the team, showed class and leadership as the Donald Sterling saga played out on the national stage. Now, with that mess behind the organization, Rivers will try lead the team to another playoff run.

He was previously the head coach of the Boston Celtics for nine seasons and won a championship in 2007-08. Rivers has a record of 70-64 in the postseason.

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