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As expected, Doc Rivers will be back as the Boston Celtics head coach next season. A league source confirmed an earlier report by the Boston Globe that Rivers would in fact return to the sidelines for the Celtics next season.
One of the more crucial pieces to the Celtics puzzle fell into place yesterday with Doc Rivers reportedly agreeing to return as the Head Coach of the Celtics in 2013-14 according to league sources. Rivers, who has been in Boston since 2004, has been a major reason why the Celtics have enjoyed so much success in the new Big Three Era. Not only for his coaching, but the fact that he is widely known as a “players coach”, it makes Boston far more attractive for serious minded players in free agency knowing Rivers is at the helm.
While this is great news, it doesn’t shed any light on the futures of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett given that it was never assumed that Rivers fate rested in the hands of their decisions. The choice may sway the mind of Garnett, but Pierce seems to be out of Boston at this point. With young defensive minded players such as Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, and Jared Sullinger on the squad, having Rivers at the helm is the best case scenario for Boston in hopes to have an expedited rebuilding process with a few successful drafts. Personally I am thrilled to have him stay in Boston, not that there was any doubt that he would leave, but the idea of someone else coaching the Celtics at this point seems a bit off does it not?
With Doc Rivers now agreeing to stay in Boston, and some attractive names being tossed around in Free Agency and in trade talks, do you think that this move will help the Celtics land a key player for next season? Does it make them a better team in the longrun and are you happy that he is returning or do you think they should have cut ties?
Boston Herald: Danny Ainge: Enough! Doc’s our coach | Boston Herald: ‘Big’ decisions await Celtics | ESPN Boston: Report Card: Rajon Rondo | ESPN Boston: Ainge reaffirms belief Rivers will be in Boston | CSNNE: Five Trades From 10 Years With Ainge