Champs Extend Rivers

Doc Rivers received a contract extension giving him three more years as coach of the Boston Celtics on Tuesday after leading them to an NBA title one year following the second worst season in team history.

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Rivers' contract, which had one year left, was extended through the 2010-2011 season at an annual salary of about $5.5 million, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team does not release contract details.

Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers the favorites to win the 2009 NBA Finals. Both teams met in the 2008 NBA Finals, with the Celtics topping the Lakers in five games. Sportsbook.com have listed both teams at +300.

Signing Rivers shows the franchise is dedicated to keeping their core intact. It also shows that the franchise is dedicated to it’s coaches and players.

``We felt that Doc did an outstanding job ever since he's been here with the young players and transforming the veterans we have into a championship team,'' Pagliuca said.

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