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Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.

In Steve Ballmer's first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

Ballmer said Wednesday it was one of his top priorities to ensure that Rivers remains as the long-term leader of the team. Rivers was a stabilizing force for the franchise during the upheaval created by former owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks that led to his ouster after 33 years of ownership.

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"Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hardcore, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent," Ballmer said, repeating the "hardcore" theme he uttered during last week's fan rally.

Interim CEO Dick Parsons testified during Sterling's court battle with his estranged wife to keep the team, saying Rivers would quit if Sterling was successful.

"I didn't think I was going to have to, honestly," Rivers said last week. "But I think a lot of us would have been willing to, for sure."

Now, Rivers can settle in knowing he has a new owner who is passionate about the game and eager to support the team.

"With Steve's leadership, we have this opportunity to be this great organization," Rivers said last week. "That's probably what makes me the most excited because I know if you get that part right, the basketball part will become easier in some ways, and that's good."

Rivers joined the team in June 2013 and added president of basketball operations to his responsibilities two months ago.

The 52-year-old coach guided the Clippers to the best record in franchise history at 57-25 and a second straight Pacific Division title last season. They lost to Oklahoma City in the second round of the playoffs.

Rivers has a career regular-season record of 644-498 and a 70-64 playoff mark, with previous head coaching stints in Boston, where he won the 2008 NBA title, and Orlando.

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debnaert August 27 2014 at 7:42 PM

Conspiracy.... to STEAL this club! Shame... I will never watch an NBA game again.

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leftydap52 August 27 2014 at 10:26 PM

I still say that not only was Sterling railroaded (by African-Americans who screamed. And we all know that the squeeky wheel gets the grease) but his OWN CIVIL RIGHT were violated since his remarks were said i the privacy of his own home. IF YOU CANT TALK FREELY IN YOUR OWN HOME WITHOUT THE FEAR OF RETALIATION, THEN WE'RE ALL DOOMED SHOULD WE TALK **** ABOUT OTHERS.

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NICKLEMAN August 27 2014 at 8:20 PM

I WATCHED NBA ALL THE TIME BUT NO MORE.I WILL NEVER WATCH ANOTHER GAME. PEOPLE SHOULD STOP ATTENDING THE GAMES IN PROTEST. GREEDY BUNCH OF ... WHATEVER

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dan_crabtree August 27 2014 at 9:44 PM

Time to cater once again...hope you loose your ass as well..never view another fake game..

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hi halbert August 27 2014 at 8:58 PM

Guess, I'm in the minority on this but I like the move.

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jchal20826 August 27 2014 at 11:23 PM

Good move. Hope the Clippers win the championship so I can hear all you cry babies whine somemore.

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enough already jchal20826 August 28 2014 at 9:02 AM

Hope the clippers lose every game and files bankruptcy. Oooops, My bad! I'm just a white guy and freedom of speech doesn't apply to me.
carry on ...

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cornell0673 enough already August 28 2014 at 9:24 AM

Freedom of speech may not apply to you but stupid does.

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hi halbert jchal20826 August 28 2014 at 11:12 AM

Yes, Yes

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cooltool50 August 27 2014 at 10:30 PM

He better watch out cause the tranny is hiding around the corner with her/his recorder.

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Axel August 28 2014 at 7:04 AM

Would laugh my a$$ off if they turn out to be a flop for years to come….

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shyguy20063 August 28 2014 at 1:51 AM

I burned all my bulls stuff. I will never watch the nba again. They stole this man's business.the NBA is nothing but a big pile of worthless crap. Go to hell NBA.

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buckolieo68 August 28 2014 at 9:46 AM

wow a WHITE guy still owns a bunch of BLACKS.. Only in AMERICA...

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amp81803 buckolieo68 August 28 2014 at 12:15 PM

I would not care if a black man owned me and paid me 5 million a year for 7 months work.

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coopdabomb buckolieo68 August 28 2014 at 1:10 PM

Get off your ass and go to school.

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