Boston's Rivers has throat surgery

May 17, 2011 at 7:40 PM

BOSTON, May 17 (UPI) -- Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers has undergone throat surgery to remove a benign polyp, the club said Tuesday.

The coach, who signed a five-year contract extension worth a reported $35 million with the Celtics this week, is cancer-free, the team said in a Twitter post.

Rivers, 49, has coached the team for seven years, compiling a 56-26 record and guiding the Celtics to four consecutive Atlantic Division crowns.

Boston lost in five games to Miami in this year's Eastern Conference semifinals after sweeping the New York Knicks in the first round.

He also led the Orlando Magic for four-plus seasons, racking up a 171-168 record.

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