Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Doc knows how to win championships,” Ballmer said in a statement. “That is what we prioritize, and that is what Doc will focus on. He is key to integrating our new players with our returning players and taking us to new heights on the court.”Donald Sterling, the Clippers’ previous owner, hired Rivers as coach and senior vice president in 2013, after nine seasons and one NBA title with the Boston Celtics. Ballmer purchased the scandal-plagued team for a record $2 billion in 2014 and gave Rivers a five-year contract extension.Ballmer also handed Rivers a new title as president of basketball operations.Rivers is 217-111 as the Clippers coach. The team has had five consecutive 50-win seasons and won its first Pacific Division titles in 2012-13 and 2013-14, but it hasn’t advanced past the second round of the playoffs or escaped the lengthy shadow of the neighboring Lakers.The Clippers have nine new players on their roster after an offseason that included trading Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, re-signing Blake Griffin to a five-year, $173-million contract, signing European standout Milos Teodosic and acquiring Danilo Gallinari from the Denver Nuggets. “I am committed to the Clippers’ success and am excited to focus on the coaching side as two-thirds of our roster will be new this year,” Rivers said in a statement. “This is a change I discussed with Steve since my bet last year on Lawrence Frank has worked out so well.”Rivers promoted Frank last year to executive vice president of basketball operations. Frank served as a Clippers assistant coach after head coaching jobs with the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets. He also was on Rivers’ staff as an assistant coach with the Celtics in 2010-11.Frank didn’t play in college or the NBA, but was a student manager at Indiana as an undergrad. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Marquette and later at Tennessee before moving to the pro ranks as an assistant with the then-Vancouver Grizzlies in 1997.“After a year in the organization’s front office, I am excited to continue to invest in our front office and I look forward to the opportunity,” Frank said. “Steve has charged us with taking the Clippers to the next level, and together with Doc, we will do just that.”Said Ballmer: “Lawrence is someone I learn from every time I hear him talk. He gets recruiting, talent development and identification, salary cap strategy – he gets it all. I know the team will be well-positioned with him leading the front office.”Ballmer also said of Rivers, 55, and Frank, 46: “It is great to have two independent voices – and two of the league’s absolute professionals – working in partnership for our team. With these two guys at the helm, we’ll have great success.” The Clippers’ summer renovation continued Friday, when the team announced Doc Rivers would leave his front-office role to focus strictly on his coaching duties and Lawrence Frank would become the head of basketball operations.Rivers and Frank will be considered peers in the Clippers’ hierarchy and report directly to Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, the team said in a news release. Rivers and Frank are said to be very close friends, personally and professionally.There was no mention of Jerry West in the Clippers’ news release. West, the 79-year-old former Lakers player, coach and executive, joined the Clippers in June in an advisory role similar to the one he held with the two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors since 2011.Ballmer made the moves Friday after recent discussions with Rivers.
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