Clippers give Coach Doc Rivers contract extension despite missing playoffs

first_imgThe Clippers made official Wednesday what was generally assumed since the regular season ended April 11. They announced they agreed with Coach Doc Rivers on a contract extension six weeks after their streak of consecutive playoff appearances ended at six.That didn’t mean the season was not a success for the injury-depleted Clippers (42-40), though. The Clippers remained in playoff contention until the season’s final weeks, after a string of injuries to key players, including guards Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley and Milos Teodosic.The Clippers also remained competitive in spite of trades of Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets last summer and Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons last winter. Rivers earned praise around the league for keeping the Clippers in the thick of the race despite a shorthanded lineup.Rivers used a league-high 37 different starting lineups in 2017-18. He guided the Clippers through a turbulent period in which the players nearly revolted in the wake of racist comments made by then-owner Donald Sterling to a girlfriend. Sterling could be heard in an audio recording scolding V. Stiviano for bringing African-Americans to games as her guests.TMZ released the recording of the conversation in April 2014, as the Clippers were set to begin the playoffs. The league investigated, fined Sterling $2.5 million, banned him from the league for life and forced his wife to sell the team to Ballmer for a record $2 billion in August 2014.The possibility of a players boycott was raised before Game 4 of the Clippers’ first-round series against the Golden State Warriors but then dismissed. Instead, the players wore their warmup jerseys inside out in protest of Sterling’s comments.Rivers’ tenure with Ballmer as the Clippers’ owner has been far smoother. The Clippers have not advanced past the second round of the playoffs and their postseason streak ended this season, as did their streak of five consecutive seasons of winning 50 games or more. Rivers’ arrival coincided with the Clippers’ continued rise after they acquired Paul in a blockbuster deal before the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. The Clippers won a franchise-record 57 games in Rivers’ first season, in 2013-14, followed by victory totals of 56, 53, 51 and 42.Related Articles Luka Doncic injured, Kawhi Leonard dominant; Social Media reacts after Clippers 130-122 victory over Mavs Video highlights, social media reaction after Clippers’ 118-110 victory over Mavericks “Doc is one of the top coaches in the NBA, coming off one of his finest seasons since joining the Clippers,” team owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “We trust Doc to lead a competitive, tough, hard-working team while upholding a culture of accountability expected to resonate throughout the organization.”Rivers, 56, has one more season remaining on his existing contract, which pays him more than $10 million, so the extension won’t kick in until 2019-20. The Clippers did not reveal the terms of the new deal in announcing the extension.“I am proud of the success we have had here over the last five seasons, but there is more work to be done,” Rivers said in a statement. “We are coming off a year where our team battled through many challenges and much adversity, proving deep talent and even greater potential.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I am looking forward to getting back to work on the court to develop our players and compete with the NBA’s elite.”Rivers has a 259-151 record with the Clippers, the best mark in franchise history. He is 846-624 overall in a 19-season NBA coaching career with the Clippers, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. He led the Celtics to two NBA Finals appearances, winning the 2008 championship.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Minnesota wins NBA draft lottery, Golden State gets No. 2 pick Kawhi Leonard’s playmaking is more than a passing fancy for Clippers Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie last_img read more

DOHERTY LABELS PROPOSED NOWDOC CHANGES ‘UNSAFE’

first_imgSinn Féin Fianance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today branded proposed changes to doctors’ rotas for the out-of-hours NoWDOC service as ‘unsafe’.Deputy Pearse DohertyThe Donegal Deputy’s comments come after proposed changes to GP rotas reveal that Caredoc, the company which operates the service, now plan to provide no dedicated Out-of-hour ‘Red-Eye’ service from NoWDOC’s Derrybeg Unit from Monday through to Friday.“The GP rota changes propose to end having a dedicated GP in the Derrybeg Centre from one minute to midnight on Sundays until 6pm the following day, and its planned these hours will then be in effect each day right through until Fridays.” “In essence, this means that – should this revised staffing arrange take effect – there will be no dedicated Red-Eye Out-of-hours GP care in the west of the County for most of the week – these changes are extremely worrying and would be unsafe for patients.”“At present under the current rota, the centre in Derrybeg is manned by a GP during the night from midnight until 8am the next morning which means that medical care for the region is in place, however these new measures, which it’s expected will take effect from 15th June, will seriously affect patients as they will be left with no doctor in the area during the night.”“What’s worse is that this new rota has been compiled prior to mediation talks which are due to take place next week between GPs, Caredoc and an independent mediator and which were supposed to examine ways of ensuring that out-of-hours care was not scaled back.”“I am also very concerned about the future of the centre in Carndonagh as these changes could potentially be replicated there also.” “Last week when I had heard of the speculation surrounding plans to reduce the service I immediately wrote to HSE management seeking clarification on reports that schedule changes were being considered and I also urged the HSE not to reduce the service as this would have a profound impact on patient care.”“These plans raise some very serious and disturbing questions and people from the west of Donegal who should happen to become ill during the night are now facing into the unknown as to what care will be in place for them come June 15th.”“This is a very serious situation, and I am once again calling on the HSE to give a clear and resolute commitment that appropriate out-of-hour GP care will be provided for people in West Donegal.”DOHERTY LABELS PROPOSED NOWDOC CHANGES ‘UNSAFE’ was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NowDocPearse DohertyRED EYElast_img read more