Despite contemplating retirement, Doc Rivers has so far avoided the fierce pull of being closer to his family. But what if someone offered him a way to both coach and live near his loved ones?
Pat Riley, according to a mind-blowing piece by Adrian Wojnarowski about Lebron’s recruitment, would like to offer Rivers that chance at some point after Rivers’ contract with the Celtics expires. (Yahoo! Sports)
Nevertheless, the pressure on Spoelstra to win a championship in 2011 promises to be immense. To keep his job, he’ll probably have to win it all, especially because Riley has his eye on Doc Rivers to someday coach the Heat. Rivers has one year left on his Celtics contract, and has been heavily affected by the distance between him and his family still living Orlando.
Riley never sold any coach to James in the meeting, but the one sitting next to him. Yet, James understood that Riley ultimately had no loyalty to anything but winning.
I’d trust Woj with my life and I believe his sources are legit, but you can’t read too far into this rumor because so much has to go right for it to come true. If Doc wants to stay in Boston, this doesn’t happen. If Doc decides he wants to take a leave from the NBA, this doesn’t happen. If Spoelstra wins a title in Year One of the Chris LeWade experiment, this doesn’t happen. SO MUCH would have to go right.
But Riley, come on. You got your three stars. You’re rounding out your roster with solid role players. Leave Doc alone.