An old-school "bloggers" rant on the Doc River situation...
Since the overwhelming rumor dump began about Coach Doc Rivers, I've been bombarded with mailbag questions regarding the future of the Boston Celtics roster and coaching staff. So here is my answer to you all, in one short "blog" post...
This entire situation has done nothing but disgust me. The more I look at Facebook and Twitter, the more disgusted I get. Rumors of Danny Ainge trading his COACH to the LA Clippers for players. Oh wait! Stop the presses! It's a 3-way deal as the Clippers are going to send us Deandre Jordan and Elgin Baylor in the deal to get Tommy Heinsohn and Paul Pierce in return. Today, Doc Rivers is coming out of retirement to play point guard for the Atlanta Hawks again. Oh but the Hawks would like Kevin Garnett in the deal too.
People forget that Doc Rivers was all but gone in 2010. We sweat, some shed tears, some called their doctor for advise and support because Glen Rivers was headed back to the broadcast booth and leaving the bench in Boston. Here we are, 3 years later, and the same nonsense continues.
Danny Ainge has said recently that he is 'being careful to give Doc Rivers some space."
Why don't we all give Doc some space? Doc is a loyal, "green-bleeding" employee of the Boston Celtics. Bordering 10 years as head coach makes Rivers the longest tenured coach since Arnold "Red" Auerbach. Though Doc's titles don't add up to the legendary patriarch (only one other coach in NBA history does), Rivers has been a stabilizing force through the tumultuous mid 2000's and the clear leader, mentor and... well... DOCTOR of the championship caliber teams of the past 6 years. So, it's not shocking that Celtics fans are in a tizzy once again about Rivers. However, let's think about this for a bit...
Is Doc not permitted to survey his options while such unanswered questions remain regarding the Celtics legendary duo of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce?
I believe he is permitted. Better yet, I believe he is almost obligated.
Danny Ainge will not commit to the return of Paul Pierce which directly effects the future of Kevin Garnett. This leads me to believe that Doc Rivers will patiently wait for Danny Ainge to make a decision, while Danny goes to the media and puts the pressure on Doc. Typical Ainge head games and media manipulation.
Celtics fans, whether we like it or not, the winds of change are circling TD Garden. If it doesn't happen in 2013-14, it's certain to happen the following year. The dynasty that never was, is about to end. The window of opportunity for championships closed in 2010. The question is, when will the change come?
I do not believe it will be this season. The fact that Danny Ainge has already turned down the Brooklyn Nets and the LA Clippers from speaking with his indecisive coach tells me that Danny is making it as hard as possible for Doc to leave. That also tells me that he has yet to make a decision on Paul Pierce's status for 2013-14. What about KG?
Folks, I am not going to answer these questions for you. Neither is Stephen A. Smith or Chris Broussard. Stop listening. Just be patient and wait.
In Danny we trust. Until he hires Vinny Del Negro as Doc's replacement...