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Source: Doc's coming back (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 2:03 pm
 

Doc Rivers has decided to return for the final year of his contract to coach the Celtics, a person familiar with the decision confirmed to CBSSports.com Wednesday. Rivers had been thinking about stepping down to spend more time with his family.

The news of Rivers' return for one more year, first reported by the Boston Herald, should calm nerves across New England as the Celtics faced the destruction of their successful nucleus with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce hitting the unrestricted free-agent market at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Rivers, though, is the glue that has held the Big Three together. With his commitment to return, the Celtics almost certainly will focus on upgrading the supporting cast rather than replacing Allen or Pierce.

Though Rivers, according to Yahoo! Sports, received a raise over the $5.5 million he was due for next season, his indecision about returning was not about the money. Those close to Rivers say he was seriously conflicted about returning to the bench vs. taking a year or two off to watch his children play high school and college sports. In fact, Rivers has been in San Antonio watching his son, Austin, dominate the FIBA Under-18 World Championships. As you can see, Austin has a little more hang time than his pop.

Rivers was emotional in the postgame news conference after the Celtics lost to the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, seemingly melancholy about the uncertain future for the Celtics of the Big Three era. Rasheed Wallace, recruited by Rivers, team president Danny Ainge, and the Celtics' veteran core to join them this past season, has decided to retire. Kevin Garnett has two more years on his contract, and Rajon Rondo has five years left. But Allen is unrestricted and Pierce opted out of his $21.5 million deal for next season. Both intend to return, but nothing is a given in the frenzied free-agent negotiating period that will begin about 11 hours after Rivers' decision became public.

The timing of Rivers' decision was no coincidence; only he in the Celtics' organization has the persuasive powers to convince Pierce and Allen to forego potentially lucrative invitations to compete for a championship elsewhere, possibly with other marquee free agents. Those invitations will come fast and furious, but the knowledge that Rivers will be back certainly will give Pierce and Allen pause about leaving.

Ainge has every intention of keeping Pierce and Allen, and both players prefer to stay in Boston and make at least one more run at a title together. Rivers is the best negotiating tool Ainge has.

On his way out of Staples Center after an emotional locker room session with his players and the emotional news conference, Rivers encountered a heckling Lakers fan who'd somehow gotten past security. The fan taunted Rivers, asking him how it felt to lose to the Lakers -- a team Rivers' Celtics had beaten in the Finals two years earlier. NBA security director Bernie Tolbert shooed the fan away. Rivers, displaying the class that has made him one of the most respected coaches in the NBA, offered no reaction -- just kept walking, into a summer of uncertainty that looks a lot more promising now for the Celtics.






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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Source: Doc's coming back (UPDATE)

They came close but blew it!  What supporting cast are you talking about?  What salary cap money do they have to spend on a good free agent?  Why would a player choose Boston for a one year shot at a title?  Name the last team to lose in the NBA finals only to make it back the following year and win it all?  The 1988 Detroit Pistons.  History is not on their side and neither is their age.  Get ready to go skiing, it's all downhill.

The Lakers lost the 2008 Finals, and came back and won in 2009. wheres your memory.

 




Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:44 pm
 

Source: Doc's coming back (UPDATE)

Maybe people shouldn't be focusing on who they should get and more on where the superstars are going to go. NJ and NY are trying for some big names and thats what would frighten me. But then again, you need to have a good team to win. I don't agree with those people saying that they are going downhill fast though. They have: Nate Robinson, 26, Glen Davis, 24, Rajon Rondo, 24, Kendrick Perkins, 25. Thats a core of a team built for the future and if you don't agree with me just wait and see. Celtics will be champions in 2013 or 2014.



Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:44 pm
 

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I'm glad to see that Doc Rivers is coming back. As a Lakers fan, I have the upmost respect for Coach Rivers.

What will be interesting is the player signings. I think Paul Pierce will sign with the Celtics. He has been the face of their franchise since he was drafted. What will be interesting is what other moves they make. I assume they will re-sign Ray Allen, but for less than what he previously received. He said he wants to come back and I'm sure Rivers will lobby the team to re-sign him as well. They need to add some depth to their frontcourt though. Rasheed Wallace retired, Kevin Garnett is getting older, and Kendrick Perkins will be out for six months or more.




Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:10 pm
 

Source: Doc's coming back (UPDATE)

Another LA fan with no heart, soul, or understanding of loyalty.  It's gonna be hard for the Celtics to compete, at this point, it's just health.  I actually think we should look to get a scorer and let Ray walk, but keep Paul.  We need someone younger in Ray's shoes.  Then again, if it's just one year, I wouldn't mind seeing all these guys back together for one more run.  KG's contract expires next year, give Ray a 2 year deal, and trade Rasheed's retired contract and you've got another East 4 with a shot at taking out the LeBulls.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2010 6:28 pm
 

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not a threat? you mean like they weren't a 'threat' this season? moron!


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Since: Feb 9, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2010 6:04 pm
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Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 5:56 pm
 

GO CELTICS

i am glad that doc rivers decided to come back - he is a great coach
hope he convinces paul pierce to stay with the celtics - i couldn't see him in another uniform
kevin garnett is locked up for a few more years - rajon rondo until 2015
so  who do we replace ray allen with if he leaves - need somebody with more athleticism



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2010 5:36 pm
 

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you talk about this team like they didnt make it to game 7 of the 2010 nba finals... too bad they did, and they have every chance in the world to make a second run... especially with perkins, rondo, robinson, and davis all becoming more experienced.  Pierce, Allen, and Garnett still can make a run at it if they dont get injured.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 5:01 pm
 

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And the free agent money...Cs lose pierces 21.5 mill, allens close to 18 mill , whatever wallace got , think they could affrod to get a dirk or bosh and a mid level guy..



Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:51 pm
 

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@TopofDline

What about the Lakers?  They lost to the Celtics in 2008, then came back to win the title in 2009 and 2010. 


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