Keyon Dooling accepted a role as player development coordinator on November 7th, and it’s good to see Dooling involved in the organization again. His retirement theoretically came far too soon, but Dooling cited mental issues with a past of sexual abuse, and said he needed time to deal with those issues.
His impact as a player was never huge statistically, but Dooling played hard and was a credit to the NBA.
The theory in Boston is that he can continue to implore players to work as hard as he did, while helping them adjust to the rigors of the NBA and deal with the demanding lifestyle NBA players have to endure. Dooling has been through his fair share of struggles in life, and is the perfect man to take a role such as player development, because he’ll relate well to players as one that is roughly the same age as most of them. It was bad to see Dooling retire so early, but some things take precedence over basketball, and it’s good to see him still staying involved in the organization.