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  1. Doc Rivers says Bulls would be “nuts” to let Tom Thibodeau leave

    Jan 24, 2014, 5:38 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    Tom Thibodeau is old school, hard-driving, a work-a-holic who is in to win now no matter who is on the roster. If Jimmy Butler has to play 60 minutes in a 3OT game, so be it. Wins are what matter. Those kinds of coaches, even when they have success, can wear on players and an…

  2. Report: Donald Sterling almost blew up Bledsoe trade, Clippers summer

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Donald Sterling, Rochelle Sterling

    Things are different around the Clippers organization now compared to even five years ago, let alone a decade. It’s not just the winning on the court, there is more professionalism around the entire organization. But they are still owned by Donald Sterling, the man who is the reason for the decades of futility. This summer…

  3. Now what for Celtics? Maybe Garnett stays and Pierce is traded

    Jun 24, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce talk over a play in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    Doc Rivers is going to be coaching the Los Angeles Clippers next season. Which is strange to imagine, but it’s a reality. So where does that leave Boston — are Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett going to be back next season? Boston is starting its rebuilding process, but how much are they going to do…

  4. Report: Doc Rivers to “no longer pursue” effort to become Clippers coach

    Jun 21, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    Looks like Doc Rivers will not be coaching the Los Angeles Clippers next season. The on-again-off-again negotiations between the Clippers and Celtics are off again, and Rivers wants off the roller coaster as Boston officials feel there is no deal to be made, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. After talks failed again on Friday,…

  5. Celtics plan Doc Rivers press conference, call it off. What does that mean? Who knows.

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge Doc Rivers

    At this point, the Celtics might as well invite the Ringling Brothers into this process, because their talks with the Clippers are already a circus. Here is what we do know: • The Clippers still want to do a deal with Boston that would pass muster with the league, something where the Clippers send picks…

  6. Doc Rivers, Celtics’ GM Ainge meet Wednesday to discuss what’s next

    Jun 19, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Now that the drama of Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett headed the Clippers trade talk has subsided, it’s time for everyone in Boston to act like adults and end this soap opera. To that end, Rivers and Celtics GM Danny Ainge are expected to sit down face-to-face Wednesday and talk, Ainge told the Boston Herald.…

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

    Jun 17, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    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,…

  8. Boston still waiting on Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett decisions

    Jun 7, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    The waiting is the hardest part…. What this summer and next season are going to look like for the Boston Celtics hinge on whether Kevin Garnett decides to return for another season, and with that if the Celtics decide to buyout Paul Pierce. Also, there’s that little matter of what coach Doc Rivers wants to…

  9. Compared to Doc Rivers, Big Baby says Magic coach Vaughn is Gandhi

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Boston Celtics

    They are both former NBA players but they come at their jobs very differently. To hear Orland’s Glen Davis tell it, Celtics coach Doc Rivers is an old school coach where Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is more a players’ coach into positive reinforcement. That’s what Davis told the Boston Herald. “Different guys,” he said after…

  10. Doc Rivers talks more about Ray Allen. Lord make it stop.

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    It’s becoming a close contest, what do I want to hear least: Another Obama/Romney attack ad or more back and forth between Ray Allen and the Celtics. Ray has consistently said that basically he didn’t feel wanted by the Celtics — they had him coming off the bench (which is he doing in Miami anyway),…

  11. Rivers says new 90-second “handshake” rule hurts coaches

    Oct 18, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    You’ve seen players complain about the NBA’s new “90 seconds from intros to tip off” rule, saying the fans love their pregame handshake rituals. You’ve seen the media complain that the NBA fun police are out, taking cues from the NFL. Now you can add a coach to the list of those who don’t like…

  12. The Celtics may bench Brandon Bass for Jared Sullinger. Quick question: Why?

    Oct 13, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass

    From the Boston Herald: “I have no comment on that question. No comment,” Bass responded when asked if he cared whether he started. “We have to keep getting better as a team. I think (coach Doc Rivers) will make the best decision for the team.” Rivers raised eyebrows earlier in the week when he speculated…

  13. Doc Rivers says the plan is for Courtney Lee to start until Bradley’s return

    Sep 16, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Courtney Lee, Paul George

    With Avery Bradley out for a while to start next season, there is a bit of a question about whether Jason Terry would move from his traditional bench spot to a starting position. Problem is that would jack with plans to have Terry back up Rondo at point guard. But what about Courtney Lee? In…

  14. Doug Collins wants to coach 4-5 more years, and Olympics

    Aug 27, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Doug Collins, Lou Williams

    Doug Collins name keeps coming up in the coaching search for Team USA, to replace Mike Krzyzewski. Collins name draws headlines but he is well behind in this race. The front-runner should be Gregg Popovich — but there are issues to be worked over with USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo — and behind him the…

  15. Coach K says he is done, so who coaches in Rio in 2016?

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Popovich, Rivers

    Mike Krzyzewski says he is done. He came in as USA Basketball restructured following the 2004 bronze medal in Athens, and he has coached two World Championships and two Olympics. USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo says he is going to try and talk Coach K into staying, but Kobe Bryant couldn’t talk him into coming…

  16. Thursday And-1 links: Doc Rivers takes one for the team

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like La La loves reality shows. • Doc Rivers gets it — taking the…

  17. Doc Rivers says blame him for Ray Allen leaving Boston

    Aug 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Celtics fans have thrown a lot of blame around for why Ray Allen took his talents to South Beach. For a lot less money than Boston was offering ($6 million over two years less). Sometimes the talk is about Avery Bradley taking Allen’s starting job. Usually, the blame comes back to Rajon Rondo and his…

  18. Who should be the next Team USA coach? Popovich? Rivers?

    Aug 1, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Popovich, Rivers

    Mike Krzyzewski has said this will be his last Olympics as the head coach of Team USA. Personally, I wouldn’t turn down a free trip to Rio but Krzyzewski apparently wants out. You can bet USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo will try to talk him out of leaving, and sometimes those pitches work. But if…

  19. Doc Rivers talks Olympic tournament, why he likes pros in it

    Jul 26, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Starting Sunday when you watch the USA take of France in our first game of the Olympic basketball tournament, the voice doing studio analysis on the NBC family of networks is going to sound familiar. Didn’t he used to do this for a living? He did. Now, he coaches the Celtics for his paychecks. Doc…

  20. Doc Rivers doesn’t agree with Allen’s reasons for leaving

    Jul 9, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    In the end, Ray Allen left because Miami made him feel wanted. Celtics GM Danny Ainge shopped Allen around more than a year — at one point the deal got so far he was told he was being moved only to have it still fall apart last minute. Then he goes to Miami and hears…

  21. Doc Rivers to spend draft night with son Austin, not Celtics

    Jun 28, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Family has to take priority. It does for Doc Rivers, who is not going to be in the Celtics draft war room during the NBA Draft Thursday night, he’s going to be hanging with his lottery pick son Austin. That’s what Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the AP. “(Rivers is heading to New York with…

  22. NBA Draft: Scouts’ take on Duke’s Austin Rivers

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers has been moving up draft boards as he’s worked out for teams the past couple weeks, which pretty much assures his father will not coach him next season. Rivers is an interesting prospect — he has skills, he can put the leather thing in the round thing, he has an NBA-ready crossover, he…

  23. Report: Austin Rivers has a promise from a lottery team

    Jun 9, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    No, the Boston Celtics do not have a lottery pick. But somebody besides dad Doc Rivers is in love with Austin Rivers. At least if you are to believe a report from Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports. (One) East scout expects Rivers to be selected in the Nos. 10-20 range, but an NBA source told…

  24. Video: Rondo, both coaches talk Celtics Game 4 victory

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Here is a slice of Erik Spoelstra’s post-game press conference from Sunday night. He is pretty composed. It would have been way more fun to make Pat Riley get up there and see if he could hold his tongue about LeBron James fouling out. Also speaking here are Rajon Rondo, the guy that makes the…

  25. Rondo gets some help, LeBron doesn’t so Celtics win Game 3

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Heat Celtics Basketball

    Rajon Rondo didn’t put up 44 points in Game 3 because he didn’t have to — he had help this time. But if the Heat were going to win Friday night LeBron James would have needed to put up huge numbers because his teammates didn’t bother to show up until the fourth quarter. The result…

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