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Doc Rivers agrees to a five-year deal to remain with Boston Celtics

May 13, 2011 | 11:41 am

 Photo: Doc Rivers. Credit: Joe Skipper / Reuters. Doc Rivers has agreed to a five-year deal to remain coach of the Boston Celtics, the team announced Friday.

Rivers' existing contract was set to expire at the end of this season and earlier this season said he planned to take a break from coaching.

However, the 49-year-old changed his mind and Celtics president Danny Ainge told the team's website that Rivers would return for the 2011-12 season.

No further details of the new deal were disclosed.  

Rivers was one of the people speculated to coach the Lakers, so everyone can cross him off their list. Which is good, because Rivers coaching the Lakers would have been like Robert E. Lee switching sides and leading the Union troops midway through the Civil War.

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 Photo: Doc Rivers. Credit: Joe Skipper / Reuters.

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