There hasn’t been too much “Doc Rivers leaving” talk lately, mostly because we’ve mostly been talking about the Celtics winning instead. But Doc still hasn’t made any promises about next year, preferring to leave contract talk for after the season.
Even though Doc hasn’t stated what he will do and likely doesn’t know himself, Danny Ainge said he thinks Doc will return next season. If he doesn’t, Tom Thibodeau will be “at the head of the class” to replace him, said Ainge.
“I think Doc will come back,” Ainge said in an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI on Friday afternoon. Rivers, who has one year remaining on his contract, has acknowledged the rumors but insists he will not make any decisions about next season until this season is complete.
Should Rivers leave, the hunt for his replacement would include current assistant Tom Thibodeau, Ainge said.
“[If Rivers leaves] then we’ll put the search out and put Tom at the head of the class,” Ainge said. “[He is] somebody that we would consider and interview but we would also look at all the viable candidates and take our time if [Rivers walked away]. But I don’t anticipate that happening.”
During the middle of the season, I believed Doc might leave. But now? With the Celtics in the Finals and again playing great basketball? I don’t buy it.
Doc will be back, methinks. I just can’t see him quitting on this team after taking it to the Finals. Consider me an optimist if you wish, but I don’t see him leaving after this year’s postseason run.
Also, Bob Cousy wrote Doc a letter urging him to stay in Boston next season. How ya gonna say no to the Cooz?