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RedsArmyAdmin June 18, 2010 Uncategorized 13 Comments on Thanks, Doc

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Hey Doc,

I don't know what you're going to do.  You might not know what you're going to do yet either.  But, at the risk of peppering this site with a ton of post-season "thank yous"… I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks.

I haven't agreed with all of your decisions.  But shit, I haven't agreed with all of my own decisions, either.  Such is life, I guess.

But the fact remains that you have proven yourself to be a damn good coach.  Maybe it's because you used to be a pretty good point guard and you know what it takes to run a team.  But I think it's more than that.

You get it.  You can sit there and take a guy like Kevin Garnett… and intensely obstinate superstar… and reach him in ways others can't.  You can break that wall of curses and chest thumping.  And I don't say it in a way to imply Garnett is bad.  He just gets into a zone.  But you can reach him in that Matrix. 

And that's impressive.  Being an NBA coach is a different kinda thing.  Managing personalities is probably the most important part of the game.  What are you going to teach Ray Allen about the game of basketball?  Or Paul Pierce?  The teaching is minimal in the NBA.  Most of the teaching is simply where to go in your offensive and defensive schemes.

It shows when you talk after games.  Every once in a while you'll be pissed… and we'll know you  mean it because most of the time you're so measured.  When fans want you to curse and scream, you are calm.  And calmness in the face of adversity is one of the signs of a true leader.

Where once people chanted for your job, you are now being applauded as you leave a post-Finals loss news conference.   You've come a long way, Doc.  Or maybe it's us that have come a long way.  Maybe you've been the same guy all along and it's us fans that have grown to appreciate and fully grasp who you are.

Whatever it is, I'm glad we've gotten to this point.  I want you back.  I think most of us want you back.  But if you go, I'll just hope I get a chance to shake your hand and say what I've written to your face.  Because unlike most sports figures who lie through their teeth when they say "I want to spend more time with my family" only to enter into ventures that allow anything but that time… I believe you when you say it. 

So thanks, Coach Rivers.  It's been a fun, crazy ride.

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  • You need to grab a guitar, drive to Doc’s house and serenade this to him from outside his window.

  • I’m working on the sheet music now.

  • james

    Doc’s coaching ability cannot be measured in titles alone. He is truly a great coach, but more important a great person, and if he decide to leave i understand, and we will miss him. I’ll never forget these last 6 years. He is the ultimate professional and a lifelong celtic in my eyes, no matter where he is.

  • Paully P

    After some games the poor guy looks so ragged. I hope Doc retires and takes some time for himself to smell the roses. He’s a class act and if he leaves he’ll be missed. This team could have folded when Perkins got hurt, but they didn’t roll over and lose by 39 points. They kept on coming all the way until the end.

  • Thank you doc, I have supported you during that 24 win season and you earned all the success you have achieved, we can only hope you achieve more success with the celtics in the future

  • I thought he was a good coach in Orlando when he won Coach of the Year. But ever since he outfoxed Phil in 2008, he has been one hell of a coach and this postseason run was possibly his best job yet as a coach. Your boys love playing for him and it’d be a blow if he leaves this summer.
    Top 5 coach in the league. And I understand if people argue that he’s the best coach in the league today.

  • Coach Doc is a great coach. I would love for him to come back but it is difficult. His son is in the under 18 USA asketball team and I think he wants to enjoy that. Thibs will be gone and there will be a lot of other changes. I do not envy Ainge at all.

  • Lakerhater

    All right I have been one of Doc’s biggest critics. I’ve wanted to kick him in the nuts more than once over the last few years. But I have to give credit where credit is due, he has come a long way especially in this post season. His adjustments are faster, Timeouts are being called to break momentum much better and you guys are right I don’t think just anyone could keep a crazy motherf#cker like sheed focused. Whatever you choose Doc, god’s speed. You don’t owe anyone anything.
    I copied the (FD) from the legendary Tim when Doc was really pissing me off. Then he started coaching his ass off and I couldn’t remove it until after the finals out of superstition. Sorry Doc, its gone now.

  • greenbeand

    hey it was a nice run, but i dont need his ass holding us hostage. wtf we couldhave retained tibbs. be professional and gives a thumbs up or down and go on vaca (you deserve it). now we’re stuck with shit

  • irisheyes9302

    This made me cry. I love Doc. I don’t think a lot of people realize how lucky we are to have a classy dude like Doc instead of a shitbag like Jackson. I don’t know who’s the better coach at the end of the day – probably depends on what you value in a coach. But I’d take Doc Rivers over that arrogant a-hole any day of the week. Thanks for everything Doc. Hope to see you back next year.

  • Sal

    I’ll take “misplaced anger” for $200.

  • FrankF

    Simply imagine what Phil’s career would have been like without Jordan, Shaq and Kobe.

  • I agree with how it’s very hard to appreciate from outside how unique of a coach Doc is. Who would not want to play for him?
    Hope you make it back next year Doc. Stay a while, make a legacy out of this thing dude.