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10 Years of Ainge: Ainge brings in Doc in 2004

Posted by shawn cassidy on June 17, 2013 at 5:20 AM

Rivers began his coaching career with the Magic in 1999, where he coached for more than four seasons. Rivers won the coach of the year award in 2000 after his first year with the Magic. That season, he led the team that was picked to finish last in the league to a near playoff berth. He made the post-season in his next three years as coach, but was fired in 2003 after a disastrous start to the season. Doc was struck with key injuries to those Magic teams. Grant Hill as the most notable. Danny and Doc played against each other during their Eastern Conference battles, and in some cases those match ups would be in the playoffs. During Doc's time off as coach he worked as a commentator. His career was short lived before Ainge called him up.

"Danny Ainge called me and asked me to coach the Boston Celtics," said Rivers, who is the 16th head coach in the history of the storied franchise. "If you like basketball I don't know how you could say no to that."

Earlier this week, Ainge said he was in no hurry to hire a new coach.

"This is the guy that we wanted to be our head coach," Ainge said. "That's why the search was so fast and short."

Sounds like love at first sight? The marriage was rocky when it came to success. Doc missed the playoffs twice after leading the Celtics to the playoffs and their first Atlantic Crown since 1991. Despite the bad records Danny was behind Doc all the way. In return Danny built a team that would land Doc a championship and a team that was a powerhouse in the East for the past 5 years. Doc  was the best coach for the Big Three and Rondo from 2007-2012. That was deeply a magical time for any Celtics fan. The Celtics could have and should have won more titles, but injuries and bad luck, or mainly injuries detoured that hope for another banner with Doc. On February 6, 2013, Doc notched his 400th win with the Celtics in a 99-95 victory over the Toronto Raptors. As we know now, Doc may have coached his last game with the green. But it was still a great coaching signing by Danny.

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Reply paul
10:15 AM on June 17, 2013 
Who will be the next coach? Not Del Negro, unless Danny knows something we don't about the guy's potential...