After the Boston Celtics were bounced from the playoffs by the New York Knicks, media attention immediately shifted to whether or not head coach Doc Rivers would resign or return. With the Celtics due for a major overhaul this summer, it was anyone’s guess if Rivers would stick around. Luckily for the franchise, Rivers has decided to stay put, for now.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe passed along the info earlier Thursday via twitter with this tweet:
Danny Ainge confirms that Doc Rivers is returning next season as #celtics coach. “We’ve got a coach everybody would love to have.”
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) May 16, 2013
Rivers has been the Celtics head coach since 2004 and has won 416 of his 721 games as coach for a winning percentage of .577, including an NBA championship for the 2007-2008 NBA season. Rivers ability to manage veteran personalities has been instrumental to the success of the team after Boston acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of ’07 to pair with Paul Pierce. Boston won the title in the trio’s first season together, sparking the trend that has now become known as assembling a “Big Three”.
Garnett may retire and Pierce is a free agent, so Rivers will have a tougher job keeping the Celtics in contention than usual. Boston does still have point guard Rajon Rondo, forward Jeff Green and some other young talent in the wings, but how Rivers can pull them together to build a winner will show his true merit as a great coach.