Not once have I considered a scenario where Doc Rivers did anything besides coach the Celtics next year. But slowly, the confidence in that happening has eroded. From the constant media outcry that he hasn’t publicly said anything, to the constant blowhard analyst tripe proclaiming some sort of acrimony, it’s hard to not to let the “well, maybe he won’t come back” thought creep into your head.
Well, today’s not going to change any of that, because Chris Broussard reports Doc is still on the fence
Although Boston Celtics team president Danny Ainge has stated that Doc Rivers will return to coach Boston next season, Rivers believes it “may be time for a change,” according to a source close to the situation.
“Doc loves coaching,” the source told ESPN. “He loves coaching in Boston. But he feels it may be time for a change.”
I can’t shake the fact that Doc’s doing all the head coaching stuff. He’s in on workouts and he’s been around the team. And when I see that, I question who the “source close to the situation” might be. That could be a family member, it could be a player, it could be someone else.
I’ll repeat what I’ve been saying (most recently on ESPN radio in Maine), there could be any number of reasons why Doc hasn’t said anything yet. But from what I see, the reports and the actions don’t match. The way he’s acting, the way Ainge and the owners have been talking, I’m still heavily leaning towards Doc coming back.
For the record, the only people making noise about this story are Chris Broussard and Stephen A. Smith, both of whom are rarely taken seriously when it comes to their “sources.” But since we’re all hanging on any word about this, we figured we’d post it. To quote Chuck from our conversation about this story:
When Woj or a Boston reporter chimes in with some stuff like that… then i’ll get worked up