Still No Word From Doc

May 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches from the sideline as they take on the New York Knicks in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. The New York Knicks defeated the Celtics 88-80. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Since the end of season there has been growing speculation that Doc would not be returning to the Celtics as their head coach. Such speculation was squashed by Ainge who told the Boston Globe “Doc Told me he’s coming back”. Usually the word of a GM would be quite reassuring but since it’s Danny Ainge who we’re dealing with, I and most others concerned with the matter are still witing on Doc to officially announce his return.

There are obvious reasons on why Doc wouldn’t want to return. It’s been known for awhile that he and Ainge have definitely disagreed on more than one occasion on basketball/personnel decisions. Such tension and the fact that Boston will most likely not be in title contention next year would surely discourage Doc from coming back.

Going back to personnel decisions, with the looming possibility of KG and Pierce not being in Green next year one could surmise that Doc would have no interest in coaching a team devoid of the two most important players he’s ever coached. Those 3 guys have been through a lot since 2007 and going even further when Doc first came to Boston.

I obviously want Doc back but if he doesn’t want to coach this team because of differences in opinion between him and Danny he shouldn’t feel obligated by the fans to do so and he shouldn’t prolong so much time which could be used to find a new coach if he doesn’t come back. Obviously he has the right to take his time to figure what’s best for him and his family but this time is vital for scouting prospects and figuring out what the future holds for Boston.

 

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