Free At Last: Doc Rivers' New Contract Loses Old Sterling Conditions
Doc Rivers got a new deal from the LA Clippers that will see him calling the shots -- and accusing the Golden State Warriors of cowardice -- until 2018-2019.
The consensus among NBA insiders is that Rivers' new contract will net him $10million-plus per year.
Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers' extension will be worth more than $50 million over five years, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 27, 2014
"This is an important day for this organization," Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement that was all capital letters and contained many spelling errors. "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...It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team."
While the money is nice, the big win for Rivers was the repealing of a number of clauses in the previous, Donald Sterling-drafted agreement. Some of the required bans removed include:
- Talking black
- Walking black
- Being black
- Appearing in public
- Quoting Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and JJ from Good Times
- Stealing cotton
- Hiding OJ Simpson
- Using the terms jive and blood
- Watching the film White Men Can't Jump
- Discreetly video-taping the owner during a racist rant