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Doc would coach Team USA only if Pop doesn’t

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) August 2, 2012 Celtics News, Doc Rivers 4 Comments

There’s been a little talk lately about Doc Rivers potentially coaching the 2016 Olympic team.  It seems like a good idea, and Doc is into it… but with one catch.

Classy move by Doc, who has infinite respect for Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich.  Put your weight behind the big dog, but if he doesn’t take it, then show you’re open to doing it.  I wouldn’t be shocked if, should he be offered the job, Doc calls Pop to make sure it’s ok.  I can totally see Doc saying “I’ll say no if this has the potential to drive a wedge between us”.. or something similar to that.  That just seems like a Doc move.

Coach K is probably done as coach, and it’s a job Pop wanted before it Krzyzewski got it.  So if Pop still wants it, I can see Doc saying he’d join as an assistant.  And if Pop and Jerry Colangelo still have an un-salvageable beef, then Doc will step in and take the job himself.

Again… classy move by Doc.

(h/t Jeff Garcia)

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  • Chulinho

    Either candidate would be a good move for USA Basketball. I think another thing that could hinge on Doc or Pop coaching Team USA is the proposed under-23 rule. I’m not sure how either guy would feel about coaching a team of younger guys.

  • rangeli

    Doc never ceases to amaze me.

  • Quest

    Doc forever the diplomat. I vote he replace David Stern when he retires.

  • hebertofnh

    Doc Rivers, in my humble opinion, represents everything good about Basketball, team concepts, and the mastery of leadership. The way he treats opponents with utmost respect, like when he checked on Chris Bosh among other things he does, just shows what a great MAN that Doc Rivers is. He makes me proud to be a member of Celtic nation and a New Englander. Enjoy our time with Doc at the helm, because there are very few individuals in life who represent themselves and their organization with such dignity and pride. Love ya, Coach Rivers.