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Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 2:14 pm  |  24 responses

Doc Rivers Signs 5 Year Deal with the Boston Celtics

by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

After contemplating taking a break from the game, Doc Rivers has agreed to continue his position as head coach of the Boston Celtics.

From Yahoo! Sports:

“Doc Rivers has agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract extension to remain coach of the Boston Celtics, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Rivers’ contract was set to expire at the end of this season. He had considered taking a leave from coaching, but after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday he told players he planned to return.

Rivers led the Celtics to the 2008 championship. The Celtics also reached the NBA Finals in 2010 and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.”

Although the deal has yet to be officially inked, the development all but solidifies what many assumed when the Celtics season ended in disappointment.

With Boston now entering a transitional period as they attempt to regain their championship form, securing Rivers allows the team to focus on their roster and reestablish their goals.

With eight years behind the bench, Rivers is the second longest tenured coach in the league, trailing San Antonio’s Greg Popovich.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    good decision for everyone involved. Doc is also a guy with humor, he’s smart, and the Celtics and him are just a great fit.

  • http://www.zpringbank.eu Jelte

    Good move indeed, and great timing.

  • Mike Mike

    well it’ll be nice to see him coach against his son austin in the league

  • shuref00t

    So Rondo wasn’t just kidding around at the post game interview about Doc coming back. Maybe I should start taking Rondo more seriously? Nah! Congrats to Doc, though! Totally deserves the praise.

  • jallday

    I <3 <3 <3 IT!!!

  • Harlem_World

    With what’s happened this year, I think it’s funny everyone thinks the C’s and Lakers are finished. Sometimes you need to look back to give you an idea of what will happen in the future. In the 80′s and 90′s teams never used to blow up rosters who were amongst the top 4 in the league unless they were well and truly done. The C’s are not done. A broken play in game 4, plus Rondo’s injury were MAJOR factors on the Heat series.

    If Rondo is 100% in the series, C’s may have got a chip this year, because if they beat the Heat, none of the other teams left in this would have stopped them. If healthy, they are still right there and could be one part of the strongest rivalries in the East (Heat vs Celtics).

    No question, they need to retool and revamp what they are doing on the bench. Green will be key. Remember West was injured for large parts of the season too. There’s no reason to think West and Green won’t be fully healthy and ready to play more major minutes next year, easing the load on Pierce, KG, Ray and Rondo. Davis disappointed and wants to shine. Let him go and bring in one of the other upper tier free agents. There are guys available this summer who could put the C’s right back into the finals: Tyson Chandler, Nene (if he opts out), David West (if he opts out), Carl Landry. There will always be options…

    They are far from done.

    Lakers are in an even better position. I wouldn’t be so quick to hand the league over to the Heat yet, the still have major holes to address themselves. Damn shame what happened to Miller and Bosh. You got a 2 man wrecking crew, that’s it. A solid 8 or 9 man team, with some bruising, athletic defenders on the wing can take them. A rested, healthy Lakers team would take the current Heat team over a 7 game series.

  • blackthougth

    thanx doc, danny & everyone involved, biggest celtics offseason signing 4 the next 5 years!!!

  • Harlem_World

    Oh and in addition to my longest post ever, there is going to be a lockout, so playing a 50 game season is going to benefit the C’s maybe more than any other team not called Tim Duncan.

  • Ev

    Next year, C’s. Thanks Doc

  • W.Mack

    I like this move. Maybe that feeling of guilt that Doc had about not getting a chance to see his son play passed him by at some point during this season. He’s too young of a guy to step away from coaching.

    Now..let’s take this Celtics group and put things in perspective. They are, in essence, the Pistons of the mid-00s when you get right down to it. They won a championship. And dominated their conference for the next 2-3 years but only have one championship to show for it. And there’s no shame in that whatsoever.

    However, I think someone should take the keys away from Ainge and allow someone that knows what they’re doing to build some depth behind that starting 5. The year after they won the championship, the sentiment was that they would’ve won back to back IF Garnett wouldn’t have been injured. The next year, they were 5 minutes away from winning it all,but definitely would’ve won IF Perk wasn’t hurt. This season, they would’ve beaten MIA in 7 IF Rondo wasn’t injured.

    I don’t doubt either of these. But you have to have some sort of contingency plan in the worst case scenario. Maybe they can take a flyer on a damaged Michael Redd. Bring JR Smith into an structured environment. Maybe strum up some money to bring in Jamal Crawford. Add Grant Hill to the Senior’s circuit. I heard AK47′s time in Utah is coming to a close. There are a LOT of options out there and depending on what the lockout does, Ainge would be better fit trying to build Boston’s bench than running his mouth about putting Pierce on it.

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    Wow thats ill man. Cool im happy hes still coaching but i wish he would coach another team yes although this celtics team is gonna def mke it to playoffs i just think he could coach another team farther.

  • http://www.brownpride.com/latinrap/default.asp HAMMER

    Besides L.A. and San Antonio, its gonna b an interesting summer n Boston

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Stupid move..

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    A repeat of 2006/07 will be coming shortly. Lets see how many Celtic fans there are today and in 5 years time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    Feels like Doc is the only man out there with a chance, however slight, to tame JR. GO EAST JR! Oh and JR, if they draw up a play for Allen or Pierce, please pass them the ball this time.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    yikes

  • http://slamalama.com nig nog

    Doc is the best “players” coach in the league, everyone who plays for him loves him. Great move for the celtics, now lets gets some pieces to put around our core. If we can do that, we will be back to championship caliber in no time.

  • BostonBaller

    As far as the “Lets see how many Celtic fans there are today and in 5 years time.” comment goes. sit down and learn a few things, there were a hell of a lot of us still cheering during those dark days of Pierce, Walker et al and in 5 years we will still be GREEN. There aren’t a lot of fan bases who are completely loyal burt I like to think we have a good fan base. Who’s your team jono and why? I’m glad DOC’s coming back..Great coach and it not only shows his dedication to the players and organization but it shows his character. He isn’t bailing out when most thinks the C’s are dead (of old age) lol. I hate woulda coulda shoulda even when it has merit, it only pisses me off. I hate that Danny traded Hulk but I’m not going to call him a bum when everyone said he was GM of the year a couple of years ago. Doc will do well with whatever FA’s they bring in. I just hope they let him have a big say on who they are.

  • 6marjons

    ‘and i feel like money, is a attracted to me’

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    I have mixed feelings about it as a Celtics fan. It seems like the players like playing for him, but as a coach he’s overrated in my opinion. Questionable rotations and decisions. This team will fall back into mediocrity in a season or two and everyone’s gonna demand Rivers be ousted. I keep recalling the 20+ losing streak they had in ’06 when it was just Pierce and a bunch of scrubs…

  • BostonBaller

    losing streaks happen when you have one legit player and scrubs…Coaches are judged by winning, sometimes it’s the X’s & O’s and sometimes it’s shear player talent (most of the time it’s a combo effect) Was Red A, Phil Jax, Pop, J Sloan, Riley or Wooden overrated? I’m not saying he is on their level but they all won and won a lot but they also had superior talent to coach..so does that mean they were great coaches or great managers of the talent. I’m just say’n, None of those aforementioned coaches would have prevented that ’06 losing streak with that roster…

  • http://wwww.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    cosign whomever said it will be interesting off season for boston, la, and san antonio.. these older teams have to do something.

  • al

    @ max, yr stupid

  • flipnoyce

    I’m glad Doc River has willfully wanted to be back and as a CELTIC. He said it himself HE IS A CELTIC. @JONO- are you serious dude about questioning the Celtic fanhood? In case you have NO IDEA, BOSTON CELTIC is one of the oldest known team in the league. THE CHIP LEADER in any pro sport. 11 titles in 13 years that could never be duplicated.Yes, so we sucked in 06/07 but so did that team in the WEST called the LAkers. So whats your point?You must be worried! DOC coming back only strengthen the team and UBUNTU concept. NEXT year will be a much better market for the C’s because of those upcoming expiring contract from KG. That’ll give us a lot of breathing room to sign quality players. We’ve been a bottom dweller for the most part of the 90′s, and I think management are well aware of that. NOW is our time to shine once again. SO for those who loss their tracks, interest, respect and stop BLEEDING Green for some time ago NOW is the time to come back! The foundation has once again surfaced in 08 and DOC knows and understand those FUNDAMENTALS to bring back the CLASSICS!

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