Doc Rivers won’t have to deal with Donald Sterling for the next five years, but he’ll definitely still be with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Steve Ballmer’s new team locked up the former Celtics coach with a new extension that will run through the 2018-19 season. Rivers joined the Clippers after jumping ship in Boston last summer, and guided Los Angeles’ “second team” to a 57-25 record, the best in franchise history, and a second straight Pacific Division title. The Clippers sent Boston their first-round pick in 2015 in exchange for Rivers.
It was the first big move Ballmer made since purchasing the franchise from former owner Sterling, who became embroiled in a racial scandal last spring, earlier this month for $2 billion.
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.”