|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM|
Doc has a lot of flaws as a coach. He doesn't play young guys,or he can't manage minutes. But he can do other things that other coaches can't. We may not be talking about Doc today if it wasn't for the trades that brought in KG,and Ray. Doc was on the hot seat,and his tenure at that point in Boston wasn't ideal. Chants of "fire Doc" rang through the garden crowd. That's history now,and Doc has proven to be one of the best coaches in the NBA. Jerry Sloan is gone,and for some(not me) Phil Jackson was the best coach in the league,and he's gone now.
Doc's biggest strength is motivation. He can talk a lot of players up,and he can make them believe. I thought last season we didn't get that. In 2008 he won his first championship.In 2009 he took the KG-less Celtics as far as he could,but along the way he gathered the troops up,and he motivated them. In 2010 the underdog Celtics made it all the way to game seven of the NBA finals. Many think Doc was a huge part of that because of his motivation skills.
Despite his many flaws I love him as the coach. I'm fearful of the future if the Celtics need to rebuild fully. Doc to me is a veteran player's coach. He can't get to the young guys all the time. One thing is for sure Doc will have his work cut out this season.
But I believe he's not the best in the NBA. I think you have to talk about the Spurs coach Greg P. Doc is still one of the best though.
The Celtics proved that by inking him to a five-year, $35 million contract in May. A downright giddy Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, noted at the time, “The most important thing is that we have a really good coach for years to come. That’s exciting."
Few could have envisioned this back during the 2006-07 campaign when fans chanted "Fi-re Doc! Fi-re Doc!" as Boston won a mere 24 contests that season, limping through a franchise-worst 18-game losing streak at one point.
Ainge never lost faith in Rivers and he was rewarded that following season, aided in large party by a roster overhaul that united the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.