So I picked a miserable day to sleep through my alarm. I woke up from a sleep filled with dreams of me being able to dunk (I’m not even kidding, and — believe me — I’m very, very affected by white man’s disease) to news that Doc Rivers seems like a goner.
Though Rivers has not yet made a decision on his future, he told WEEI he’s leaning in one direction and — though he did not say which direction that was — Chris Forsberg came away from the interview thinking Doc is absolutely leaning towards leaving. (ESPN)
Making his final appearance of the season on Boston sports radio WEEI (850 AM) on Monday morning, Rivers said that he has had just one conversation with his family about his future since the Finals ended with a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and they will sit down as a unit again in about a week to finalize his decision.
“[Father's Day] was nice,” Rivers said. “A couple of my kids were out of town, playing sports, as usual, but it was nice to be home, to have family around. So that’s always nice.
“We didn’t talk about [a decision] at all, really. We’ve only even brought it up once since the season has been over. It’s still very difficult to get through Game 7, let alone talk about the future, to be honest.” [...]
“The only reason you stay is the love for the guys you coach, and the organization — [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge], and all those guys you work for,” Rivers said. “You know if you do leave, you’re not going to get that back. You can get a coaching job back, no doubt about that, but I don’t think you can ever get the situation that I have here in Boston.
“So that will be difficult to leave, but the other side of it is so strong as well with family. It’s going to be an interesting decision, and I don’t know what is yet.” [...]
But Rivers also admitted that he’s already thought about his potential post-coaching career, including his desire to work a limited TV broadcast schedule that would keep him active, but also allow the freedom to see his kids play.
Doc also said Rasheed Wallace is almost definitely going to retire, and that the Celtics DID try to pound it into the post during the fourth quarter of Game 7. (I was begging — BEGGING — for them to do it while watching the game.)
So it’s looking like Doc is gone, Sheed is gone, and the Celtics will have to replace both for next year. And, by my own estimation, losing Sheed hurts a lot more than people probably realize.
P.S. – In other news, Paul Pierce and the Celtics have scheduled a meeting to talk about his contract and Ray Allen’s worth might be somewhere around the mid-level exception, though his worth to a team like the Cavs (should Lebron return) could boost that number.