Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed (via Twitter) the story Steve Bulpett reported a long time ago: this could very well be Doc Rivers’ last season coaching the Boston Celtics.
Wojnarowski reports that Doc will instantly become the hottest free agent coach on the market, as soon as he decides to stop coaching the Celtics. Wojnarowski also reports that TNT will likely hound Rivers to fill Doug Collins’ role as a television announcer for next season.
As Doug Collins accepts Sixers job tonight, here are two names league sources expect to be part of his staff: Michael Curry and Brian James.
With Collins out, no doubt TNT will make strong push at Doc Rivers to return to TV. C’s coach thinking hard about leaving bench for home.
Many close to Doc believed he had all but decided to leave bench. But Rondo rise and playoff run could give him pause at season’s end.
Whenever Doc leaves C’s, he instantly becomes the NBA’s most coveted free agent coach. Upon return, he’ll name his team and salary.
As for Doc stuff, this is nothing new. Steve Bulpett of Boston Herald reported on it late in regular season. Doc has a decision to make.
It’s amazing how far Rivers has come so quickly. I can remember three years ago, when I was ready to strangle Danny Ainge and Wyc Grousbeck for re-signing Rivers. Goddamn, I wanted Doc out of Boston. Now, he’s one of the premier coaches in basketball. And he’s coached the pants off Mike Brown and Stan Van Gundy so far in these playoffs. Funny what coaching a few superstars — rather than Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green and Delonte “Mother-Effing” West — can do for ya.
I’ve come to love Doc, but I’ve got one favor to ask of him: Don’t leave, my man. Please.