Los Angeles (AFP) - Doc Rivers, the head coach who helped his Los Angeles Clippers players navigate the turbulent waters of the Donald Sterling scandal, will stay with the club through the 2018-19 NBA season.
The Clippers announced on Wednesday they had agreed a contract extension with Rivers, who led them to a franchise-best 57-25 record and a second straight Pacific Division title in his first campaign with the club.
His future with the Clippers had become uncertain in the wake of the scandal involving former owner Sterling, who received a lifetime ban from the NBA after racist remarks he made to a woman friend became public.
The team has since been sold for $2 billion to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, who praised Rivers on Wednesday.
"This is an important day for this organization," Ballmer said in a statement. "I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court.
"Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent.
"It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team."
Rivers, 52, also serves as the team's president of basketball operations.
"Steve has shown a clear and determined desire to make the Clippers one of the most elite, first-class and championship organizations in all of professional sports," Rivers said in a statement. "We know we have work to do to get there, but I am motivated by the challenge and thankful for the opportunity to stand together with Steve as we continue to move toward our goal of winning an NBA title."
Rivers joined the Clippers after nine years coaching Boston, where he guided the Celtics to the NBA title in 2008.
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