“I’d rather not say.”
The words send chills down Boston Celtics fans’ spines, and the team could indeed be about to experience major change – at least according to that text message sent to the Boston Globe via Doc Rivers in response to whether he will return next season.
After being knocked out of the 2013 NBA Playoffs courtesy of the New York Knicks, the Celtics have been put on hold in terms of their coach making a definitive decision to come back. Rivers has hinted that he may walk away from the team but at this point is unsure.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge has said, “Doc has told me he’s coming back. I talk to him almost every day about our team and what we are going to do moving forward.”
Well, at the moment I wouldn’t be so sure if I were Ainge. Rivers appears to continue the prolonging and has not come out publicly to address the matter. When asked recently when he will speak in regards to his decision, Rivers responded “soon.”
Thanks for the detail, Doc.
One reason he may be waiting it out could be connected to the issue at hand with Paul Pierce, who is set to become a free agent July 1st. Pierce is rumored to be on his way out if Rivers does not return. Have Rivers and Pierce been in communication over the current situation?
There seems to be a whole lot of uncertainty going on in Boston lately. The team may look much different next year if both Pierce and Rivers are absent. One thing is for certain, however: Rivers is seriously considering leaving Boston. Until further notice, it absolutely feels as though his time with the Celtics is done.