It's time for the Doc haters to go away for a couple of days.
Say what you want about the past… but you really couldn't ask any more from Doc Rivers this year. He was given the keys to a very expensive, very fast car… and right now… it's in mint condition. The team is going into the final game of the regular season at 65-15.
Spare me the "let's see what he does in the playoffs" for a couple of days. Doc Rivers took an entirely new mix of players to one of the best records in NBA history. I think that at least earns him the Coach of the Year award.
It's an argument that's being made in our forums… which you might expect.
But its an argument also being made in national blogs… like Empty The Bench
Many expected an adjustment period after so much roster turnover in the offseason for the Celts. Rivers has had this team ready to play, and play extremely well, since day one. They started the season with eight consecutive victories and stood 29-3 on January 5th. Boston incorporated the games of two new superstars seamlessly on the court, and in the locker room Rivers has managed the potential egos splendidly. His handling of the new pieces has been masterful, and not just the Big Three. Boston also added James Posey, Eddie House, Glen Davis and later Sam Cassell — through it all Rivers has put together solid rotations and kept everybody happy and productive.