Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers will no longer be serving as the team’s president of basketball operations, with the team Friday announcing a front office shift that will leave him solely as coach.

Lawrence Frank, who had been serving as vice president of basketball operations, was elevated to president, but he and Rivers will be considered “peers in the Clippers’ structure,” with both reporting directly to owner Steve Ballmer and both working “closely together to lead the Clippers towards its goal of an NBA championship.”

Ballmer said the move will allow Rivers to focus on the team’s on-court performance.

“Doc knows how to win championships,” Ballmer said. “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.”

Ballmer praised Frank’s work on recruiting, developing talent and working within the salary cap.

“I know the team will be well-positioned with him leading the front office,” Ballmer said. “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 will have great success.”

–City News Service

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