Boston Celtics: Doc Rivers Deserves Nothing but Respect

By Rob Lunder
Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has garnered a ton of criticism over the last week for a so-called abandonment of the organization. For anyone to criticize Rivers is simply ridiculous.

He had been the coach of this historic franchise for almost ten years and gave them so much. Without his savvy coaching, there is no way they win an NBA Title in 2008, nor competing at the highest level year in and year out. Eventually everyone needs a change that is simply what Rivers chose to do. He endured through some tough seasons early in his Celtics career and to see his development as a coach has been nothing short of spectacular.

The Los Angeles Clippers just gained one of the best coaches and people this league has seen in years. He knows how to relate to his players and is always able to get the most out of his roster. Rivers felt it was time to move on from the Celtics organization and Celtics fans should show no ill will to him.

There has been much talk in the media lately about what were Rivers exact intentions with the move. Some felt he betrayed the city of Boston. How is that true? People wanted his head after his third year with the franchise. GM Danny Ainge stuck by his side and everyone was rewarded handsomely with a championship not too long ago.

Rivers will do a tremendous job in Los Angeles and the city of Boston should be supporting him throughout his new journey.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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