What a difference a few months can make. Back in May there were semi-serious concerns about Doc Rivers possibly leaving the Los Angeles Clippers. Rivers said that if Donald Sterling still owned the team in 2014-15, that he wouldn’t be around to witness it. You can’t blame the veteran coach one bit for making that known either.
But here we are today late in August, and Rivers is not only staying in Los Angeles, he’ll be staying for quite a while. The Clippers’ head coach and President of Basketball Operations has received a contract extension that will keep him in L.A. through the 2019 season.
“This is an important day for this organization. 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,” said new owner Steve Ballmer via the team’s website.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but you can bet that Rivers will be paid handsomely.
This is certainly a great way for the franchise to really kick off a new era with a bang. Not only is Ballmer a huge breath of fresh air, the news of Rivers being extended should also energize the players and fan base. There’s no doubt that the right guys are running the Clip show, and that the future is bright for a franchise that used to regularly be considered one of the worst in the NBA.