It’s not easy coaching in Boston, where a 50-win season and a four seed in the playoffs is considered a failure by many. The glow from the 2008 title has worn off and fans are angry with everyone from the bench players to the owner.
Doc Rivers may have had enough of it and told the Boston Herald he is considering walking away after the playoffs end. While often the “to spend more time with his family” line is a cover up, in Rivers case it would be serious.
“Part of it is true,” Rivers said of the speculation. “Every year I sit down in the middle of the summer and I have a family discussion. We talk about what we want to do. That’s nothing new, but every year it gets stronger and stronger. And I think people are making some common sense reads. I’ve got three seniors next year, two in college and one in high school. That’s important to me. We’re all family men. We all have kids.
“Every year you’ve got to weigh what’s best for your kids. That’s just the way it is. But, I don’t get into it now. I don’t talk about it. I’ve never told anyone one way or the other, and that’s how it’s always been.”
Rivers has a son who plays basketball for Indiana and is a senior this coming season, as is his daughter, a volleyball player at Florida. His youngest son is a highly-recruited high school basketball player.
Rivers has one more year on his contract. Celtics General Manager brought up the idea of an extension to his deal, but Rivers put him off until after the season.
“The one I will say is I’m committed to Boston,” Rivers said. “It’s either stay with the Celtics or I decide I need to stay more with the family.”
The Celtics are at a crossroads. Ray Allen is a free agent, and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have looked slowed this season. Most likely the Celtics will try to lure or trade for more talent and make another title run. That may or may not work — depends on who they bring in — but it will be a short-term fix. A day of reckoning and rebuilding is coming to Boston.
Doc Rivers may not be part of that.