If Pat Riley is doing it, why can’t we?
Let’s start with the positives first. Well, positive depending on how you look at it. I would guess that most C’s fans would be happy to hear that Doc Rivers is giving some thought to coaching beyond the tenure of the Big Three in green, according to a recent article on Yahoo from Adrian Wojnarowski.
I think that would be a serious mistake. This team is the perfect squad for Rivers to be coaching. A veteran squad like this needs a coach that can manage all the egos and understands what it is like to have been in the league. Obviously, Doc led the Celtics to the championship in 2008, and if he wants to stay I don’t see him being forced out anytime soon.
But the Celtics are going to be rebuilding after these next two years, and rebuilding around Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins. As much as I like both of those guys, I think this team is heading for a downfall in the future. It is inevitable, really. And Doc isn’t one to think toward the future. It looked like he was going to be gone this year, only for him to decide to come back for another go around after the Celtics made another championship run.
But remember what happened the last time Doc was the coach of a rebuilding team? Paul Pierce was injured, and the Al Jefferson-led Celtics went on to lose 18 straight games. At that point, I thought the team was in for a coaching change. Then Danny Ainge made the moves for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, and Doc was given a new lease on his coaching life.
It’s not as if the Celtics can be planning for the future right now. You aren’t going to give the likes of Semih Erden, Luke Harangody, or Avery Bradley big minutes on a team with championship aspirations. So when the time comes for a transition, will Doc want to coach a rebuilding team?
Which brings me to the other big news on the coaching front: Pat Riley’s apparent infatuation with bringing in his former player to coach the Heat.
And that could’ve come with the Miami Heat, with a team president, Pat Riley, whom sources say has Rivers at the top of his list should he ever choose to replace young coach Erik Spoelstra.
Now, it is no surprise that Riley is planning for the eventual replacement of Spoelstra. If the Heat struggle, he will be gone. If the Heat don’t struggle, he still might be gone. If the Heat win a championship, then maybe he stays. But would Doc really want to go to Miami?
I’m going to go with a no. I think if Doc leaves after this season, he takes a break and goes back into broadcasting for awhile. But from what he is saying, it looks like he might be in Boston for the long haul.