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Doc Rivers got PAID


Earlier this summer, I examined coaching salaries.

With the caveat not all data is publicly available and some sources are better than others, Gregg Popovich topped the list at $8 million per year.

But the Spurs coach has already lost his place.

Doc Rivers, whose new contract with the Clippers was announced today, is the new No. 1.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Rivers is definitely feeling the Steve Ballmer love. Though I rate him the third-best coach in the league behind Popovich and Tom Thibodeau, Rivers had a little leverage based on the threat of him leaving in the wake of the Donald Sterling saga.

Good for Rivers for drawing such a big contract. Yes, he also holds a front-office title, but so does Popovich. The Clippers are still paying Rivers a lot for whatever he does.

Here’s a prediction, though: Unless it’s renegotiated, Rivers’ salary won’t even rank in the NBA’s top three by the time this contract expires.

As the Collective Bargaining Agreement makes it more difficult to add player salary – the Clippers, for example, are butting against the hard cap – teams rich with revenue are looking for other edges. Coaching is one way, so there’s a premium on top coaches – coaches like Rivers.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.