Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Report:Doc Rivers Returning to the Celtics

Boston Celtics' Doc Rivers gestures while his team plays the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series in Los Angeles, California, June 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

According to the Herald's Steve Bulpett, Doc Rivers is returning to the Celtics next season. (Adrian Wojnarowski took a break from berating everyone in the league to provide this nugget)

On the surface, many may think this is great news, and keeps people like Vinny Del Negro and Kevin McHale off of the Celtics sidelines, but let's dig a little deeper here.

1. Doc is going to have to replace Tom Thibodeau.

2. Doc only has one year left on his current contract. Will he be able to help recruit free agents knowing next season could very well be his last?

3. If Paul Pierce and Ray Allen leave, can you trust Doc to develop younger players, like Avery Bradley, given his past history of not doing so? (JR Giddens, Bill Walker, waiting forever to play Leon Powe, etc, etc)

So at first glance, this looks good. However, if a year from now we find out the Celtics held onto this nucleus too long, we might all look back on this day in infamy. Of course, if we are celebrating Banner 18 a year from now, well, you know...



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