“Two years ago, I didn’t have that thought,” Rivers told Yahoo! Sports. “But clearly this summer, I had that thought a lot. It’s because of the organization. Even after [the Big Three] leave, I still have that relationship and it’s going to allow us to be good again. If I’m going to stay in it without taking a break, it would be tough for me to go anywhere else. We’ve talked about [an extension], but I just want to wait. But to be a career Celtics coach is something I think about. I’ve learned: You don’t have what we have here somewhere else.”
Hmmm… well now ain't that a change of pace from everything we've heard this offseason. That's an incredible change of tune for a guy who kept us all hanging this summer and wondering if he'd really be back this year.
I'll only say this about Doc… and it repeats things I've said in the past. I'm not so sure he's the right guy to coach the team if it's in rebuilding mode. Doc relies on his veterans to keep things together in the locker room. We saw how frustrated he got with the team before the KG trade. He believes in player responsibility… and that's a tough sell on a lot of younger guys.
But if this team is going to have solid veteran leadership, then Doc is the perfect guy for the team. Miami, which is mentioned in that article, would be a PERFECT spot for Doc to land because he's not phased by those egos. Honestly, who's got bigger egos than the guys he's been coaching?
It seems as though Doc is just keeping his options open. Which is good. When you have that luxury in life… you should do that. I won't begrudge him one bit for doing so. I'd like to see Doc stick around with this unit because I've got a ton of respect for the guy. It's just nice to see that sticking around seems to be a legit option for him.