Clippers Extend Head Coach Doc Rivers on 5-Year Deal
The Los Angeles Clippers should remain in the championship conversation for several more years. The team traded for head coach Doc Rivers last year because they thought he would be the difference between their team just being good and being great. That belief was echoed on Wednesday night, as the team extended Rivers through the 2019 NBA season.
The 52-year old Rivers is arguably worth every bit of his new deal, as his contract was extended by five seasons to help L.A. keep continuity as the team progresses moving forward.
Continuity is exactly what this Clippers team needed, too, as they embrace new ownership after the racial scandal involving former owner, Donald Sterling.
It appears the team can finally truly move on, and the hope is that by locking Rivers up for the long-term, the rest of the team can come back together and improve on a successful 2013-14 NBA season.
In just his first season at the helm last year, Rivers helped the Clippers to a first place finish in the Pacific division, as the team went 57-25 and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals.
L.A. would eventually bow out to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but considering the saga with their owner, it was fairly impressive that the Clippers even survived a tough first round series with a pretty good Golden State Warriors squad.
They did survive the first round, though, and battled the Thunder well before losing in six games.
Rivers has a solid group in L.A., as star players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan make up a very solid “Big 3” and should only get better together in Rivers’ system as they move forward.
Thanks to his championship experience in Boston (one title, two NBA Finals appearances), there is complete confidence that Rivers can help a formerly misguided Clippers team further into the playoffs. The San Antonio Spurs should still be quite an obstacle, but it feels like a turning of the tide is slowly being put in motion. Locking Rivers up is just one piece of the puzzle as the Clippers try to take the next step toward becoming a championship team.
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