Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  16 responses

Celtics Trying to Convince Doc Rivers to Stick Around

Doc Rivers could walk away from Boston to spend more time with his family after this season, but GM Danny Ainge and the rest of the organization are doing all they can to keep him on the sidelines. CSNNE reports: “If there is a lockout and the season is delayed, that may very well be enough to allow Rivers to spend additional time with his family, and still return as the Celtics’ head coach. Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, has had multiple talks with Rivers throughout this season about re-signing with the C’s. Rivers has been consistent, Ainge said, in wanting to put off his contract situation until the season is over. ‘He would much rather the focus now be on the players and our goal, which is to win a championship,’ Ainge said. ‘And not so much on his contract and his future … Doc knows how I feel,’ said Ainge. ‘I’m doing all I can to keep Doc around for as long as possible.’ And while a lockout will certainly not be in the best interest of the league, Ainge acknowledges that it may become a factor Rivers weighs in deciding whether to return. ‘I don’t believe Doc is necessarily looking forward to being a coaching free agent this summer,’ Ainge said. ‘I really do believe he’ll be trying to decide whether to come back to Boston, or take some time off, maybe a year or two, and do some other things.’”

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  • hillbilly

    The way the Celts have been playing lately kinda makes me wonder if they want him back.
    I mean, losing to the Grizzlies…at home?!? Yeeesh.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    you cant blame that on doc, doc has been a terrific coach.. if the coach does everything he can and the players just dont produce then the coach is not at fault

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    on another note, its goin to be pretty awesome should phil retire n be replaced by coach k.. im actually kinda excited about what will come of this.. or maybe he could possibly even replace doc if he chooses to retire.. either way, dude will still go down as one of the greatest coaches in the history of basketball even if he doesnt coach a single nba game

  • hillbilly

    @c_cantrell I wasn’t blaming the recent losses on Doc. You’re right, he’s a great coach. But, the C’s have been in a funk ever since the Perkins trade & they need to shape up, asap.

  • Anthony

    if i was doc i wud coach my son instead of coaching old players who are retiring in like 2 years

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Why do we need these stories every year? Come back or dont, just dont be Brett Favre.

  • fizzbucket

    One of my favorite coaches in the L. Nice dude. Hope he stays.

  • monkeyball

    Doc Rivers is one of the top three coaches in the league (Phil Jackson and Popovich are the others) not that Jerry Sloan retired.
    Basketball connoisseurs will remember the outstanding job Doc did in Orlando, and what can you say about his current run with the Celtics: a chip, two Finals appearances, and an epic playoff run in between without KG.
    There’s no coach the Celtics could hire next year who would be better than Doc, certainly not an NCAA coach, even one with prop experience like Calipari.

  • Yesse

    Thinking about this in the middle of a possible championship season? I think this is something you should think about after the season.

  • bull22

    i hope he sticks around, he brings a great prescence to all the rilvaries that the celtics have in the east, and his type of defense will continue to keep those that dont like playing defense from advancing in the playoffs!

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    yeah, trading away perkins killed thier title hopes.. in my opinion

  • ClydeSays

    He’s a free agent after this season and there are always teams looking for a winning coach. I can see him taking a break though, winning the ‘chip or not…

  • Riggs

    i still remember when people wanted doc fired.

  • BostonBaller

    Riggs…I remember that too..I thought it was crazy even then. Losing Hulk hurt & injuries also hurt but neither one kills the ‘chip run at all. I’d hate to see Doc leave but the man will do what is best for his fam and his sanity..

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Celtics need to let him go. He’s overrated as a coach, plus he can’t get his team to hold on to fourth quarter leads.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    overrated? how many coaches have won a title in th epast 20 years? think about it…ok thought so