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It's Official: Doc Rivers signs contract with LA Clippers

Glenn "Doc" Rivers will be formally introduced to the media at 11:00am Wednesday morning as the Senior vide President of Basketball Operations and the new head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.  He heads to Los Angeles after the Boston Celtics completed their deal, bringing Boston a first-round draft pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Rivers, who had three years and $21 million left on his contract with the Celtics, also had to reach an agreement on a new deal with the Clippers. The deal brings an end to days of on-again, off-again talks between the basketball teams.

Rivers joins the Clippers after nine seasons with the Boston Celtics, compiling a 416-305 (.576) record and guiding the Celtics to the 2007-08 NBA Championship with a NBA-best 66-16 regular season record. Rivers led the Celtics to six Atlantic Division titles, the 2009-10 Eastern Conference Championship and a 59-47 (.556) Playoff record during his tenure.

Rivers is just one of only four active NBA coaches to win an NBA title, and since 2007-08 owns the third-highest winning percentage (.661) among current coaches.

A former Clippers point guard (1991-92), Rivers returns to Los Angeles to be the 16th head coach in Los Angeles Clippers history (1984-Present) and is the fourth Clippers coach to have previously earned the NBA Coach of the Year Award (1999-2000), joining Gene Shue, Bill Fitch and Mike Dunleavy. Rivers owns a 587-473 (.554) career regular season record and is 64-57 (.529) overall in the Playoffs. 

Before taking over the Celtics, Rivers spent just over four seasons as the head coach of the Orlando Magic, earning Coach of the Year Honors in his first season for leading a team that featured four undrafted starters to a 41-41 record. Rivers guided the Magic to three straight Playoff appearances from 2000-2003, and overall tallied a 171-168 (.506) record in Orlando before being released in November, 2003.

 

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