Of all the rumors that have been swirling about who the Brooklyn Nets are considering as their next head coach after letting interim P.J. Carlesimo walk, there is one name who stands out from the rest.
That would be Doc Rivers, who is still under contract as coach of the Atlantic division-rival Boston Celtics, through next season.
Nets fans shouldn’t bother getting their hopes up at all, though.
Reports have surfaced that the Nets would be interested in stealing away Rivers from Boston. According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, the Nets are expected to ask the Celtics for permission to speak with their coach.
Despite all of that, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge recently told WEEI radio in Boston that he believes Rivers “will be coaching the Celtics next year.”
Any idea that Rivers would ask out of the final year of his deal with an organization that has been nothing but good to him since coming onboard back in 2004 is preposterous.
And if there’s any coach out there that would have the audacity to ask out of a contract so he could run away from what may turn into a very-ugly situation with aging veterans and start all over with a franchise that promises a bright future, it wouldn’t be Rivers.
If Rivers were no longer able to operate in Boston solely because of some dire family situation, that would be much different. But the notion that he would actually ask to leave the Celtics or simply quit just to move onto the next-best landing spot doesn’t sound even remotely close to anything Rivers would do.
Therefore, don’t expect Rivers to be the next coach in Brooklyn.