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Celtics made Doc Rivers highest-paid NBA coach

Following the retirement of Phil Jackson [1], formerly the only eight-figure earner among coaches in the four major sports, Doc Rivers [2] has become the highest paid coach in the NBA, according  to Forbes Magazine [3].

After making $5.5 million this past season, Rivers will now make an average of $7 million over the next five seasons after signing a $35 million extension. He surpassed Spurs coach Gregg Popovich [4] and Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, who both make $6 million per season.

Interestingly, the magazine credits the jumps by Rick Pitino [5] from the University of Kentucky to the Celtics [6] and John Calipari [7] from UMass to the Nets [8] “as the catalysts driving NBA coaching salaries to a new level.”

Meanwhile, the Celtics may have to hire a new assistant coach, as Lawrence Frank [9] is a candidate for the opening head coaching positions for the Warriors [10] and Rockets, although Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey appears to be the favorite in Houston, according to CBS Sports.

As a side note, Forbes determined Patriots head coach Bill Belichick [11]‘s annual estimated salary of $7.5 million is the highest paycheck for any coach in the four major sports.