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If Doc is out, who is in for Celtics? Maybe Del Negro, Frank

Jun 17, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

Vinny Del Negro AP

There is once again momentum to the idea that Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett (then later likely Paul Pierce) are headed to the Clippers. It may or may not happen, but a smart GM like Danny Ainge has to start planning for any eventuality.

So, if Doc Rivers is gone from the bench in Boston, who is in?

A. Sherrod Blakely of threw out the first names.

Those names are not likely to thrill Celtics fans.

They are also very different kinds of coaches and you have to wonder if either are really the kind of skill development guys who can help a rebuilding team (which the Celtics would be if they start trading the big three and Doc out).

Del Negro is not known as an Xs and Os guy — he relies heavily on pick-and-roll plays, some other standard NBA sets and a variety of defensive looks — and is more about motivation. He runs a system where he wants the leaders on the court to make the calls much of the time. With the Clippers last year, where Chris Paul was making the decisions, that led to 56 wins and a division title. But don’t think Del Negro was beloved in the locker room at all.

Franks is an old-school, grinding guy who loves the Xs and Os. He had seven seasons and saw some success with the Nets (on teams with Richard Jefferson, Kenyon Martin and Jason Kidd) then spent the last two seasons in Detroit where there were questions about his player development skills. Frank was an assistant with the Celtics.

Frank is also the guy the Nets are targeting to be the lead assistant to Kidd there. Obviously, he will hold them at arm’s length until he sees if he can land a seat in the big chair.

Something to watch, I think a lot of coaches would love to jump in to the prestigious Boston job, but it is a rebuilding gig.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Pfft why didn’t the Clips just trade Vinny for Doc straight up?

    • bougin89 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      There was that whole Vinny Del Negro’s contract expired thing.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Sign and trade?

      • bougin89 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        That way they can offer VDN the extra year at max value!

  2. cantonbound13 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    We’ll give you a first round pick if you take Woodson.

  3. Nostrils10 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    would love nothing more than if the Celtics got sorry Del Negro hahahahaha

  4. ironyisadeadscene - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Meet player/coach Rajon Rondo. I’d love to see that for at least one year of the rebuilding, just for humor sake

  5. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    No and No.

  6. cantonbound13 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:56 PM


  7. jcmeyer10 - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  8. j0esixpack - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    4thquartermagic | Jun 17, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT
    Pfft why didn’t the Clips just trade Vinny for Doc straight up?

    Probably because the delusional fans who would suggest that sort of thing would probably insist the Celtics throw in a first round pick as well.

  9. jamieaadams - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Ugh. Might as well hire Bobby Valentine.

  10. glink123 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    VDN wouldnt last 30 games with Rondo. lol.

  11. rabbi187 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    There was an article in the Houston Chronicle about Kevin McHale possibly replacing Rivers. I know McHale has Boston ties, but why leave an upcoming (if they sign Howard or Paul) and a top 3 team in the west for a rebuilding Celtics team?

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      That is not happening, the Rockets have sent word they are not giving permission to talk to their coach under contract.

  12. bigwii - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    It may not be McHale but it might be his assistant Bickerstaff who ran the up-tempo freestyle offense that was really successful for the Rockets last year.

    They did that with Harden and Parsons imagine what could be done with Rondo, Green, Jordan and whoever else they get this offseason.

    Plus he’s a young coach who can grow with the young team he’s my favorite to replace Doc, but who knows.

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