Saturday, December 13, 2014

Clippers coach Rivers named president of basketball operations

(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

THE LOS Angeles Clippers have restructured their basketball leadership, changing coach Doc Rivers' front-office title to president of basketball operations.

Rivers will continue to coach the Clippers under the changes made yesterday.

Longtime Rivers assistant Kevin Eastman will become the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations, reporting to Rivers and supervising the franchise's basketball dealings.

Pro scouting director Dave Wohl was named the Clippers' general manager, and former GM Gary Sacks was demoted to assistant general manager. Wohl has spent more than 4 decades in the NBA, including a stint as New Jersey's head coach.

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    Noteworthy * 

    The San Antonio Spurs will celebrate their fifth NBA Championship victory with the Alamo City on its namesake river tomorrow.

    A community celebration on the San Antonio River will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow. A special ceremony will then follow in the Alamodome at 9 p.m.

    Both the river parade and the celebration in the dome will be livestreamed at

    In other news, nearly 18 million viewers tuned in to watch the Spurs' clinching win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 on Sunday night. That's a 10 percent increase from Game 5 between the same teams last year. Nielsen says viewership peaked at 22.4 million in the last half hour of the Spurs' 104-87 win.

    The 10.3 national rating on ABC was up from 9.5 last year.

    The five-game series averaged 15.5 million viewers and a 9.3 rating. That was up from 15.1 million viewers and a 9.1 rating through five games of the 2013 classic series. Nielsen Social said it was the most-tweeted NBA game of the year, with more than 6.4 million tweets.

    * Miami Heat forward Shane Battier officially retired after a 13-year NBA career.

    Battier, who also played with Memphis and Houston, is expected to take a job as a college basketball analyst at ESPN.


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