Rivers is one of the NBA’s few remaining untouchable coaches, along with San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Phil Jackson, but countless coaching insiders believe that Rivers will be taking no less than a one-year hiatus at season’s end. No matter what happens in the playoffs.
Although Celts president Danny Ainge and the veteran trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were able to lobby Rivers last summer to come back for one last run together, pessimism reigns in Boston when it comes to successfully lobbying him again. Word is Doc is determined to free himself up to see his Duke-bound son, Austin, after work commitments prevented him from watching his other three children as much as he wanted to see them compete in various sports.
Rivers complained of burnout last year as well and it would be of no shock to see him take a year off. But would the allure of coaching the Knicks, and the subsequent major paycheck change his mind? The Celtics are trying to rebuild on the fly, if that’s how you choose to explain trading Perkins and shocking their roster despite dominating the East for yet another year and I believe they know it’s time for Doc to take a break and eventually move on. I don’t see Miami as being that team considering Pat Riley is there, I believe Doc wants his own legacy and wants to win more titles on his own. Although, he did get the Riley education while in NY.
There would be no better place for him to go next than a roster that supports two All-NBA players.