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It’s official: Doc Rivers will return as Celtics coach

May 16, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks on in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York Reuters

Was there really any doubt? You didn’t really buy into the insane notion he would leave the Celtics to coach the Clippers, did you?

Doc Rivers will be back to coach the Boston Celtics next season. GM Danny Ainge confirmed that to Gary Washburn the Boston Globe (via A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com)

A league source confirmed an earlier report by the Boston Globe that Rivers would in fact return to the sidelines for the Celtics next season.

“We’ve got a coach everybody would love to have,” Ainge told the Globe.

Well, that’s one piece of the puzzle.

Next up is “What to do with Paul Pierce?” He is owed $15 million next season or the Celtics can buy him out by June 30 for $5 million. What happens to Pierce likely determines what happens to Kevin Garnett — if Pierce is back KG probably will be, if Pierce is bought out KG probably retires.

So the real question is: Do you want to blow the whole thing up and start rebuilding now? Because you’re not going to be that bad a rebuilding team, not with Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green. In the East you might compete for the eight seed with those two and a couple of shooters. You’re not going to seriously be in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes. So do you bring everybody back and be a dangerous five seed, or do you just blow it up now and start over?

Whatever you do, Doc Rivers will be your coach.

  1. katra2logic - May 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Smart move by Ainge / Boston. Doc is one of the best. He should help attract free agents if Pierce and Garnett leave, he is also the best coach for the team if they both stay. Cheers :-)

  2. cantonbound13 - May 16, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Great coach.

  3. bigwii - May 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Now that’s one thing taken care of now on to Pierce and KG what is Danny going to do with them. Then on to weeding out the week links who stays who goes so much to do before the draft and free agency.

  4. rickyspanish - May 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    cantonbound13

    I agree, he’s ruined my nights by beating up on Miami many times. Well, at least the three years I’ve liked them!

    • musician0785 - May 17, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      “Well, at least the three years I’ve liked them!”

      Bandwagon much?

  5. senorpapino - May 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I think now is the time to blow it up. Even before Rondo got injured, they were only a .500 team. Pierce and Garnett battled injuries for the final two months of the season, and they were beaten pretty handily by a Knicks team who looks to be the 3rd or 4th best team in the East next year. It was quite a run, but now you have to start rebuilding around Rondo, Green, Bradley, and Sullinger.

    • andyhr17 - May 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      I agree that it’s time to move on, but releasing/trading Pierce and Garnett retiring is not “blowing it up”. That’s just removing two players and moving on with the youngsters they have.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - May 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Where was he going? He’s got it made there.

  7. paulhargis53 - May 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    senor, what series did you watch? NY won handily? it was a 4-2 series and Boston was missing their best player.

    It makes no sense to blow up this year, right now. Blow it up at the all star break next year, if at all.

  8. misterdreamer119 - May 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Cut pierce. Retire kg.

    • money2long - May 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      trading him in the past to a team with cap space might have landed boston some draft picks. buying him out now leaves them with no assets but less on the books. they gambled on championship runs.

  9. sportsnut101 - May 16, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    DIdnt he sign a 5 yr deal before season. Of course he’s coming back unless they trade him to la clippers for Jordan

  10. loungefly74 - May 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Hate the Celtics…love Doc (except for that pathetic “nobody has beat our starting 5 crap”…)

    • psung26 - May 17, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      +100 about his dumb comment about not having Perkins for a single game in 2010. Didn’t see Doc making any pithy excuses for the Lakers in 08 when LA was missing its own starting center in Bynum for the entire playoffs that year.

  11. moneymike23 - May 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Every year there has been a story about how Rivers will return(even when they were under contract) and KG and Pierce won’t get traded. Stop it already, this is getting ridiculous!

  12. volcom2143 - May 16, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    KG will not retire . He will just go to a contender . Clippers , spurs , and maybe even the lakers as crazy as it sounds ?? I mean I just can’t see him retiring yet . He can still contribute especially with less minutes during the season and other stars around .

  13. halfbaht - May 17, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    No point blowing it up now when we can make one last run with the truth and kg and compete for a 5th seed (providing we stay healthy, something we couldn’t do this year). Holding off a year won’t make a difference

  14. rickyspanish - May 17, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    musician0785

    It was a joke. Cantonbound thinks every Heat fan is a bandwagon fan.

    • musician0785 - May 17, 2013 at 6:51 AM

      Aren’t they?

  15. paulhargis53 - May 17, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    You’ll have to forgive musician, he’s not real quick on the uptake…..and he’s a laker fan. He’s to be pitied.

  16. noonelistensanyway - May 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Hopefully Doc, Paul, KG, and Rondo make one last run at a championship!!!

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