Celtics extend head coach Rivers
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics extended the contract of
head coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers on Thursday. According to a report in the Boston
Herald, Rivers received a one-year extension worth $5 million, which aims to
keep him behind the bench through 2008-2009.
“Doc is a leader and I have all the confidence in the world in Doc as coach of
the Celtics,” said executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
“With Doc as our coach we have the continuity that is crucial in the
development of the franchise.”
Rivers has accumulated a 102-144 record over three seasons, including an
Atlantic Division title and 45-37 record in his first season at the helm. In
his only playoff appearance as head coach, the Celtics bowed out to the
Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
This past year, the injury-riddled Celtics posted a 24-58 mark — which was
the team’s first last-place finish in 10 years — as well as the second-worst
record in the league, only two games ahead of Memphis.
The former 13-year NBA veteran guard spent four-plus seasons as the head coach
of the Magic before he was named to the head spot in Beantown prior to the