Not that everything coaches say is 100% truthful, but Doc Rivers shot down the recurring Miami Heat rumor today on WEEI.
Maybe you’ve heard by now, but the way some stories have been running, it sounds like Pat Riley wants Spoelstra to hold up until next year and then have Doc Rivers coach the Heat next season. Any thoughts about that?
No, I really don’t have any thoughts about that. As far as I’m concerned, I’m a Celtic and I plan on being that for a long time, as long as I’m coaching.
I would be surprised if Rivers ever took the Miami job. Family is dear to him, but, as Dan Duggan noted on Twitter, even Miami is 200 miles away from Doc’s home, in Orlando. If you told me Rivers is going to take a year off next year, I’d believe you. But if you told me he was going to take his talents to South Beach, I’d probably call you a liar straight to your face. As much as Rivers loves his family, he also enjoys coaching this crew in Boston. He appreciates coaching a group of players that cares about nothing besides winning, as illustrated by his quote yesterday:
“I have a great group, I have a veteran group that don’t play for themselves,” Rivers told CSNNE. “That allows us as a group — not just me, but [assistant coach Lawrence Frank] and everybody — to coach them. That allows us to win.”
Shortly after saying “I’m a Celtic and I plan on being that for a long time,” Rivers admitted he still hasn’t decided whether to return next season.
I know you probably haven’t decided about next year yet, but do you think you’re going to wait until the 11th hour again? Will we spend six months speculating on what Doc’s going to do next season?
Well I hope not, but I don’t know. I mean, honestly, I can tell you I’ve given it zero thought. I was asked about it a couple of times yesterday, because I don’t know where this thing came from. Other than that, I don’t think about it much at all. Danny and I are as close as you can be, and so I just don’t even think about it. I’m just doing my job, and I’m going to get through my job.
I’m going to make a prediction, based solely on my own feelings: Rivers will coach in Boston again next year, at least. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett (along with many other Celtics) finish their contracts after next season, and I imagine Doc will re-visit his plans then and see if he wants to be part of the post-Big Three Era.