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Coming lockout might help Celtics retain Doc Rivers

Mar 23, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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As we told you last weekend, the general consensus within the coaching community is that Doc Rivers walks away from the Celtics after this season and becomes a helicopter dad that Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t know how to get rid of.

(Rivers’ son Austin is a Duke recruit that starts in the fall.)

But what if there is a protracted NBA lockout? Where Rivers could spend time with his family through the fall then jump with the Celtics for a shortened season?

Just something A. Sherrod Blakely reminds us to think about as he reports at CSN New England that Celtics honcho Danny Ainge and Rivers have had conversations about a contract extension. Not that those conversations have gone very far.

Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, has had multiple talks with Rivers throughout this season about re-signing with the C’s.

Rivers has been consistent, Ainge said, in wanting to put off his contract situation until the season is over.

“He would much rather the focus now be on the players and our goal, which is to win a championship,” Ainge told CSNNE.com. “And not so much on his contract and his future.”

Boston wants Rivers back, but the ball is in River’s court. But the coming lockout — and do not doubt that it is coming, this summer is going to suck — may be to the Celtics advantage in this case.

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