Doc Rivers Signs Extension to Remain Head Coach of Clippers
In the middle of, arguably the finest coaching display of his career, coach Doc Rivers has earned a long-term extension with the Clippers.
Coming into this season, the Clippers were clearly in a transition period, preparing themselves for next summer’s free agency. Instead of ‘rebuilding’, the Clippers are 11 games above .500, set to make the playoffs.
How Rivers has juggled the various starting line-ups, dealt with players arriving and leaving, is truly remarkable, and he’s done more than enough to be in the Coach of the Year conversation.
The contract extension comes at an interesting time, with rumours swirling that the Lakers were interested in Rivers services. It’s no secret by now that, current Lakers Coach Luke Walton will likely be let go of at the end of the season.
Marc Stein of the New York Times, recently reported that, “the prevailing assumption in league circles remains that Walton will almost certainly be dismissed after the season.”
Doc Rivers was quick to shut down any rumours, indicating that “He’s going nowhere” and explained the following: “Let me end this. Magic Johnson & I are very close friends, but Steve Ballmer and I have a great relationship. He gave me an out, where I could opt-out this summer, early this year. Let’s end this thing, extend, and settle on a longer deal. I’m here. My job is not done.”
Relax Clippers fans; Doc is not going anywhere.
As for the Lakers, the coaching search continues.