The Los Angeles Clippers announced this week Doc Rivers has been relieved from his front office duties as the president of basketball operations; he’ll continue as the head coach while former executive vice president of basketball operations — Lawrence Frank — will take on the aforementioned duties.
Rivers has essentially been doing both jobs since signing his five-year, $50-million deal in 2014.
“Doc knows how to win championships. That is what we prioritize, and that is what Doc will focus on,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “He is key to integrating our new players with our returning players and taking us to new heights on the court.”
The fact of the matter is that the leader of this team — head coach Rivers — has nine new players to integrate into the roster this upcoming season. He’ll have his hands full and it’s always better for experts to focus on what they’re good at. And Doc coaches.
“I am committed to the Clippers success and am excited to focus on the coaching side as two thirds of our roster will be new this year,” Rivers said. “This is a change I discussed with Steve since my bet last year on Lawrence Frank has worked out so well.”
Rivers has a 217-111 regular-season record and a 18-22 playoff record in his four years as Clippers coach. In his 18-year career coaching with Orlando, Boston and Los Angeles, Rivers has an 804-584 (.579) regular-season record and is 82-79 (.509) in the playoffs. He won the NBA title in 2008 with the Boston Celtics, reaching the NBA Finals twice with the team.
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