Danny Ainge wasn’t as unsure as Doc Rivers and the rest of the Celtics were after a game 6 loss to the New York Knicks. He seems to have a pretty good grip of confidence when it comes to this team.
Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald spoke with Ainge about Doc Rivers future with the Celtics. Here’s what he had to say:
Ainge seemed a bit surprised yesterday that the Boston future of his coach, who has three years remaining on his contract, is in question.“From all I know, Doc will be back,” Ainge said. He added that he’s yet to speak with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett about their plans and desires.
Rivers has three years remaining on his deal and most likely isn’t going anywhere unless he retires. Ainge seems to think that this was just an episode for Rivers and company after an emotional let down. Here’s what he had to say:
“I know those guys are disappointed in the playoff series, and I just want to let everybody get away and breathe and go to their families and give everybody a week before I start communication.”
Ainge is just trying to give everyone space to breathe before they make any decisions. This is probably the right thing to do if you’re in Ainge’s position. Let everyone make their decisions with a clear mind and then worry about taking steps into the future.
Hopefully Rivers decides to return and the Celtics can work their way up from there.