Boston fell in love with Doc Rivers and the 2008 NBA champion Celtics. According to the former C’s head coach, had Kevin Garnett’s health not failed him, Beantown would have celebrated a few more titles. Per the Boston Globe: “I did wish it could’ve ended better, I guess,’ Rivers said. ‘It wasn’t like Danny (Ainge) and I were arguing or anything. It was dragged out. I don’t know if there was any way you couldn’t drag it out. It wasn’t like I was involved in that. The part I was involved in was where I couldn’t make up my mind what I wanted to do … but then after that went through, the process with the two teams, I felt like it took two months. It may have. That’s how it felt. The strange part for me during that whole thing, I just had to sit there and listen and watch, and that part I hated, because it made everyone look bad, and I didn’t like that.’ [...] On what he thinks about most from his time in Boston: ‘They said it was going to be a two- or three-year run (with the Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen), but I never bought into that. Now we stretched it to, what, six years? Listen, the championship is what I’ll remember. It’s not what I think about the most, unfortunately. In a sad way, I think about 2010 far more than I think about 2008 … I think about 2009 a lot. I tell people, we were the best team in the league in 2009 and then when Kevin (Garnett) went down obviously we were never the same ever. I should just look back on 2008 and be thankful, but I don’t think coaches ever work that way. I swear, I believe if Kevin was healthy, we could’ve won two, maybe three in a row. That would’ve been really sweet.’”