“Doc (Rivers) has proven his worth as a coach,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s President of Basketball Operations, told CSNNE.com. “There’s nobody I want more to coach my team, than Doc Rivers.”
Ainge added, “One thing I’ve learned in this business is patience is a virtue. That’s one of the reasons why I love Doc. Because when things aren’t going well, there’s no one I want in my corner more. Anybody can put on a smiley face and come to work with energy and enthusiasm and passion when you’re winning. But it takes a special person to do it with an 18, 19-game losing streak with a bunch of young players and to still have that respect and work ethic before we were able to put a great team together and obviously, have some success.”
“When the team isn’t winning, that’s just as much my fault as it is Doc’s fault,” Ainge said. “We’re in this together, with the success and the failure of the team. A lot of times, players aren’t doing their part. Sometimes it’s the coaches not doing their part. Sometimes it’s me not doing my part, and my staff. We have to evaluate all of it and find the real reasons why the team isn’t performing to our standards and try to make the best of it.”
Some people on Twitter are getting on Sherrod’s case for going down this road. But considering what happened in New Jersey yesterday (and even LA in November), it’s a valid question.
We all know Doc isn’t going anywhere. Unless a sudden philosophical difference emerges suddenly between Doc and Danny, Rivers is the coach of this team for the foreseeable future.
How about Danny Ainge taking some of the blame? Did Billy King or Mitch Kupchak stand up and say “This is my fault, too” when their coaches got axed?
There’s no one out there who think Doc is the problem, right? Bueller? Anyone?