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If Doc Rivers hadn't returned, the band would have broken up in Boston

Aug 19, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Rivers_referees.jpgDoc Rivers gave very serious consideration to walking away, taking a season off from basketball to hang with his children and decompress.

But he decided to give it one more shot. If he had deciding something else, the rest of the Celtics core would have splintered as well, Paul Pierce told Comcast New England (via Celtics Blog).

“I really wanted (Rivers) to hurry up and make the decision, because his future really depended on mine and Ray’s and people don’t understand that. I think a lot of other people’s futures depended on what Doc did, and that’s moving forward as an organization. If Doc doesn’t come back, do we start the (rebuilding) process? I mean, (Ray Allen)’s a free agent, (Kendrick Perkins) went down, I’m on the last year of my deal, so there was a lot of things that could have happened if Doc walked away. That’s why it was big for Doc to come back.”

Now they are all back — with Shaq on board — for one more big run. They think they can show that group down in Miami what a team looks like.

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