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Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  8 responses

Doc Rivers’ Contract Extension With Celtics ‘Basically Done’


Rivers and the C’s are putting the finishing touches on a long-term deal, reports the Boston Globe: “Celtics coach Doc Rivers wasn’t acting on emotion Wednesday night when he said he wanted to come back as Celtics coach. He told the Globe tonight that a deal to bring him back was ‘basically done.’ Rivers, who had a one-year option to return next season, is expected to sign a multiyear contract as team president Danny Ainge envisions his coach leading the Celtics through an expected transition period. ‘We have to figure out a couple of things,’ he said. ‘But we’ll get it done relatively quickly. I wanted to get this out of the way so we can concentrate on the summer and free agency. Everything should be done soon. We want to get this done as soon as possible so we can move forward.’ Rivers and the Celtics are still reeling off a five-game elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Miami Heat. And it was apparent that the Celtics’ veteran players — Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen — were unable to compete down the stretch of games with the duo of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. ‘We have to surround (the Big Three) with talent,’ he said. ‘Miami is only going to get better. Chicago is only going to get better. To help Kevin, Ray and Paul we just have to add talent. We relied in those three to carry the load for years but we can’t do that as much any more.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    good move

  • ernieD

    Now lets see what Danny can do with this roster. The only good thing about the signing Shaq and Jermaine is they are expiring contracts he can trade mid-season, because I think both guys will retire after what they went though this season.

  • shuref00t

    All that talk from Doc, saying he was going to retire in order to spend more time with his family and kids; this shows you what kind of father he is.

  • Ryan

    He’ll be able to spend plenty of time with his son Austin after the Celtics draft him next summer.

  • Jer dawg

    Boston should absolutely tank next season, freeze the envelope and Celtics can draft Austin Rivers.

  • Heals

    At least there will be some form of certainty for the C’s over the ext handful of years…

  • roman

    Doc, you want to go 5 more years with this team. They are getting worst every year. Good luck with that- Danny Ainge is the one needs to go.

  • Kourtney

    You would think that Doc would want to take a couple years off to watch his son play college ball.. NoW he is barely gonna see Austin play at all except for TV. Kids before job.. I don’t know what he was thinking

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