|Posted by shawn cassidy on June 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM|
Let's hope that laughter continues guys. This report kind of goes along with 'Morning Joe'. This storyline has many twists and turns as we know. On report has KG returning only if Paul does, and now we have Doc waiting for Danny. Who will blink first kind of stuff. I think this story goes all the way to June 30th. That's the day when Danny and Paul make their choice, or more so Danny.
Beyond whatever private considerations he might be contemplating, Rivers is waiting for Ainge to make two enormous, potentially era-changing decisions.
He has to decide whether to renew Paul Pierce’s contract by June 30, and whether to bring back Garnett. The alternative is moving one or both assets to build for the future.
Garnett, in turn, still might be debating a return, though according to a league source, he has not had surgery on his troublesome left leg. Garnett spent all of his off-court playoff time in a therapeutic boot, and dropped hints about how much the inflammation in his left ankle area cut down on mobility. But rest appears to have been the solution to his issues.
Rivers, who stays in touch with everyone, surely has talked to Garnett as well as Pierce, even if Ainge has not. But could the uncertainty involving both players be giving the Celtics coach pause?
Rivers’ tie with Garnett, in particular, is as strong as any player-coach relationship in the league. Gregg Popovich has something this strong with Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, and that example is probably the only one left in this increasingly transient league.
Rivers at least tacitly acknowledged he would be involved in an eventual rebuild two years ago when he signed a five-year, $35 million extension. The Celtics’ surprising ability to come within a game of the 2012 Finals was a short-lasting narcotic. It temporarily glossed the future. Last season, with all of its injuries, was the comedown.
Maybe Ainge decides that there’s not enough future benefit via trades or free agency, and decides to give Pierce and Garnett one final run in green.
But the Celtics president and his coach are in a curious dance, with each man waiting for the other to bust a move.
I think without a doubt Danny is tired of being asked this stuff, but it won't go away until the decision has to be made. I love Doc and all, but this year by year stuff sucks. Especially in an age when a guy like Karl gets fired after he wins coach of the year. It shows what winning a championship does for you. Plus honestly Doc deserves his job. I'm not saying anything like that. But Doc has the same clout as Phil Jackson so to speak when it comes to coaching year-to-year.