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Doc Rivers done after this season?

Posted on: March 18, 2011 3:46 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It took the Celtics' big three and Danny Ainge to get Doc Rivers back for one more year last summer. But via, it may take a lot more than that to get him back for another.

By the sounds of it, Rivers is ready to step away, at least for a season, in order to enjoy some time with his family. If Rivers didn't return, it would certainly be a blow to the chemistry of Celtics, but they'd move on. So who would be on the short list to replace Rivers?

A couple names that were mentioned were Celtic assistant and former New Jersey head coach Lawrence Franks and even former Celtic great Kevin McHale. Those are the obvious names that are already being linked, but as the report notes, Ainge may look for an unknown to replace Rivers. Or at least someone nobody is thinking about.

Ainge has certainly had time to prepare a backup plan to Rivers because Doc was very close to resigning last summer before the Boston big three convinced him to come back. So there's been time for Ainge to make some phone calls and put out some feelers. As much as Ainge has been prowling the trade and free agent market, he's also had an eye out for potential coaching candidates that might fit?

Who could the mystery men be? I don't really have a good guess, though I'm sure Ainge would at least call Tom Thibodeau just to see. No way Thibodeau leaves his job in Chicago that quickly, but sometimes there's sentimental value there. And I'm really struggling to come up with a mystery name here.

Basically any name at this point is wild speculation. The only one I'm pretty sure we can cross off is Rick Pitino. I don't think he's going to be walking through that door again. And Isiah Thomas. Because he's crossed off every list.

But all of this is contingent on what Rivers decides. He may indeed want another season. It sounds unlikely as Rivers really wants to watch his Duke-bound son Austin play his freshman year, but that itch to make another run might be too strong for him. We'll have to wait and see. And while we wait, Ainge will be plotting the next move.
Category: NBA

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2011 12:35 pm

Doc Rivers done after this season?

Mike Brown is indeed the top candidate to get. He can get you a guarenteed Conference Finals appearance and likely title appearance. He did genious things when a one-man team + three 6foot guards, and 1 flopper. Mike Jarvis from St. Johns? He let me down when I picked him to win it all with Artest. There is no reason for Doc to return with that team (w/ all starters born in the '70s like me). Can you imagine coaching to rest a rotation of 4 players? That's annoying!

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2011 9:08 am

Doc Rivers done after this season?

Mike Brown? I know he had Lebron, but come on - a league best 66 wins in 09 another league best 61 wins in 2010. (Lebron's not going to have a league best in wins this year, and he has Dewayne Wade and Chris Bosh?) He's and outstanding defensive coach (the Cavaliers defense is nowhere close to where it was when they had him on the sidelines). Boston loves defense too (unlike Lebron), so just saying...

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: March 19, 2011 8:42 am

Doc Rivers done after this season?

Mike Jarvis?  You're clearly joking, right?  Why would Doc stick around?  The Celtics are an aging team and he knows it.  He came back to try for one more run to get another ring.  His son, Austin, is supposed to be big-time at Duke next season.  I am sure he wants to attend games and watch him dominate the ACC as he may only be in college for one season.  After that perhaps he could coach his son in the NBA?  The money will be out there and he will be able to pick the best situation.  He has always been a pretty good coach.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2011 1:13 am

Doc Rivers done after this season?

Van Blundy ... R U Serious.   I'd rather have Mike Jarvis ... yeah, I said it.  He'd be an amazing Celtics coach given the chance.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 7:32 pm

Doc Rivers done after this season?

I don't think anyone ever expected Doc to be back next year. Had they not had such a dissapointing loss last year he would have walked away. Maybe Van Gundy (Jeff not Ron) takes his place?

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