Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 10:49 am  |  9 responses

Rivers Weighs In On His, Rasheed Wallace’s Future

WEEI has the exclusive story after Doc Rivers called in to the radio station: “[Doc] Rivers said he has not decided whether or not he will return to the Celtics next season. ‘I’m not going to say which way I’m leaning — and I am one way — but I could look you in the eye and tell you I haven’t decided,’ he said…Rivers said the players have been encouraging him to return, which makes him feel great but embarrassed to be in the spotlight. That type of support is the main reason why he would consider returning. Said Rivers, ‘The only reason you stay is your love for the guys you coach … knowing that if you do leave, you’re not going to get that back.’

“Rasheed Wallace, like Rivers, is considering leaving the game. Rivers said he expects we’ve seen the last of the controversial center.’I think you have,’ he said. ‘It’s so emotional right after the game. But Rasheed told me before [Game 7]. He told me the the night before. He walked up to me and said, ‘Hey, listen, I’m going to give you everything I’ve got. I really believe this is my last game that I’m going to play.’ And he said this year was very difficult for him physically. He never felt like — even the conditioning part of it hurt. He said he doesn’t think he wants to go through that again, and he wants to watch his kids. I do think it’s the last time we’ll see him in a Celtics uniform.’”

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  • slamfan4life

    Both of them should stay, they were so damn close to winning!

    Why throw all of that away

  • vtrobot

    i love sheed and doc. sheed played like that was his last game. i liked how it seemed like the laker fans didn’t boo doc quite as much as they did the C’s players. how can you hate on doc? thank you sheed and doc.

  • Thedon

    6 words.. “Gasol’s Left Foot Touched The Ground”

  • WolfNast

    The laker fans didn’t boo Doc as much because about 85% of them didn’t know/care who he is. Opposing coaches rarely get booed as much as the players.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Like I said before, Doc should go. At the end of the day, basketball is just basketball. And I’m sure he’s not hurting financially. Plus he’s won a ring as a coach and is a former coach of the year. So he’d have no problem getting another coaching job somewhere down the road. But you only get one chance to watch your kids grow up. Or watch them play in the NCAA or have a play in the McDonald’s game or whatever. Those that say Doc leaving would be selfish are being selfish themselves.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @WolfNast – they do in cities where fans actually know their basketball. Like Chicago or New York. Real Lakers fans are knowledgeable fans too, unfortunately most of the good seats at the Staples Center are taken by actors and socialites who were only going to the games because it’s “the thing to do”.

  • rico

    I don’t want Doc to retire because he’s proven you shouldn’t fire a coach after a bad season. Dude is wicked good.

    Rasheed and AI….you will be missed mucho.

  • rainman10

    If Sheed leaves they should sign Jermaine O’neal or Brad Miller.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Jermaine O’Neal sucks.