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Clippers coach Doc Rivers makes off-court move: a new $9.5-million home in Malibu

Clippers coach Doc Rivers makes off-court move: a new $9.5-million home in Malibu
L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has bought a home in a guard-gated Malibu community for $9.525 million. (Realtor.com | Inset: Los Angeles Times)

Doc Rivers, head coach and team president of the Los Angeles Clippers, has made his first move of the off-season, buying a home in Malibu for $9.525 million.

The Spanish-style beach house is in the Malibu Cove Colony, a guard-gated enclave, and sits along the oceanfront. Built in 1978, the two-story house features high ceilings, two fireplaces and surf-facing decks extending from each floor. Oversized windows and sliding glass doors bring the ocean breeze and views inside.

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Some 3,400 square feet of living space includes an open-plan kitchen, living and dining rooms, four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The master suite scores points with a separate sitting area and glass doors that open to a wraparound deck.

An interior courtyard and patio create additional living space outdoors. A private staircase leads to the beach.

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The property was not publicly listed for sale and changed hands outside the Multiple Listing Service, according to records obtained by The Times.

Previous property owners include Lyndie Benson, the ex-wife of jazz musician Kenny G; and Don Ohlmeyer, television producer and former president of NBC's West Coast division. Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys is a former tenant.

Rivers, now entering his fifth year with the team, piloted the Clippers to a 51-31 record last season before falling in the first round of the playoffs to the Utah Jazz. The 55-year-old previously served as head coach of the Magic and the Celtics, earning NBA coach of the year honors (2000) with the former and a championship (2008) with the latter.

He owns other property in Los Angeles County and Florida.

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