Doc Rivers has been rumored to be leaving after this season. Some people thought the C’s postseason success would help convince Doc to stay, but the one thing making Doc seriously consider leaving the Celtics remains: Family.
“There’s always a reason with the kids, so I don’t give a timetable, No. 1,” said Rivers. ” I just kind of get away. I know one thing you can’t do is make a decision a week after a season. Whether you win or lose, you can’t. You just can’t. So you know, usually after Summer League is all over and a couple weeks after that, Danny [Ainge] and I sit down and just do what we do. So far as work, I’m still here. But the kids are always — that’s the issue each year, do you want to see — I’ve got to see them play at some point.”
Doc still doesn’t seem to have his mind made up at all. One day he’s talking about his hopes for Ray Allen to re-sign and the Celtics’ championship window to remain open, the next he’s talking about chillaxing with his family. I’m hoping Doc stays with the C’s. There may be better coaches in the NBA, but I can’t see any other coach being better for this group of guys.
UPDATE: Kevin Garnett agrees with me. (Boston Globe)
“Doc lets us deal with each other how we deal with each other,’’ Garnett said. “He doesn’t try to control us. He lets you be who you are.
“But at the end of the day, he’s in control of everybody. If you have an ego or if you think you’re better than what you are, or you’re not doing well, he does a great job of micro-managing this team. Everybody knows their role.
“I don’t think you can bring any coach in here and coach this team. Especially when we get riled up and we’re a certain kind of way, he does a good job of consolidating us.
“I feel like, at times, when we’re too up, he’ll give us a second to come down, and when we’re too down, he’ll definitely jump on your stuff and tell you when to pick it up. I love him.’’