The Los Angeles Clippers today named Glenn "Doc" Rivers as the team’s Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations and head coach. The Clippers signed Rivers after the Boston Celtics agreed to release him from his contract in exchange for a first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft as compensation.
Rivers joins the Clippers after nine seasons with the Boston Celtics, compiling a 416-305 (.576) record and guiding the Celtics to the 2007-08 NBA Championship with a NBA-best 66-16 regular season record. Rivers led the Celtics to six Atlantic Division titles, the 2009-10 Eastern Conference Championship and a 59-47 (.556) Playoff record during his tenure.
Rivers is just one of only four active NBA coaches to win an NBA title, and since 2007-08 owns the third-highest winning percentage (.661) among current coaches.
A former Clippers point guard (1991-92), Rivers returns to Los Angeles to be the 16th head coach in Los Angeles Clippers history (1984-Present) and is the fourth Clippers coach to have previously earned the NBA Coach of the Year Award (1999-2000), joining Gene Shue, Bill Fitch and Mike Dunleavy. Rivers owns a 587-473 (.554) career regular season record and is 64-57 (.529) overall in the Playoffs.
Before taking over the Celtics, Rivers spent just over four seasons as the head coach of the Orlando Magic, earning Coach of the Year Honors in his first season for leading a team that featured four undrafted starters to a 41-41 record. Rivers guided the Magic to three straight Playoff appearances from 2000-2003, and overall tallied a 171-168 (.506) record in Orlando before being released in November, 2003.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, the Maywood, Illinois native played 13 seasons in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks (1983-1991), Clippers (1991-92), New York Knicks (1992-1994) and San Antonio Spurs (1994-1996) and was an All-Star in 1988. Drafted after three stand-out seasons at Marquette University by the Hawks with the 31st overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft, Rivers left Atlanta as the franchise all-time assist leader with 3,866 and set the club’s single-season assists record with 823 in 1986-87.
Rivers appeared in 864 career regular season games and averaged 10.9 points, 5.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. In 81 career Playoff games, Rivers averaged 11.4 points, 5.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds.
Rivers was honored by the Pro Basketball Writers with the 1990 J. Walter Kennedy Basketball Citzenship Award and is a member of the All-Star Advisory Council for the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA youth basketball support programs.
Rivers and his wife, Kris have four children: Jeremiah, Callie, Austin and Spencer.
The Los Angeles Clippers have released their official press statement on their new head coach Doc Rivers. I have taken the liberty of pasting the entire release for your reading pleasure. And, by the way, welcome to the Clippers and to Los Angeles, Coach.