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Celtics Morning Joe: KG may stay put in Boston, despite Rivers future

Posted by shawn cassidy on June 23, 2013 at 5:00 AM

I'm still not able to relinquish the thought in my mind that KG wants out of Boston. From all the Doc turmoil very little has been said about KG and Pierce. Just that the Celtics will either trade KG or buyout Paul's final year worth 15 million. It's also been said that both would like to follow Doc, but how much of that is actually true who really knows. I think it's safe to say that nothing will happen with either player until Doc and the Celtics figure out what's best for both parties. It's either coaching for the Celtics or TV as many have said. But the latest on KG is this.

Boston Herald

In the wake of a collapse in talks between the Celtics and Clippers over the release of Doc Rivers from his contract, a source today told the Herald that discussions between the teams for Kevin Garnett are “probably” dead as well.

A long proposed swap of Garnett for Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had been given second priority during the Rivers discussions. But Garnett, who has veto power over any trade, may not have many other locations he will approve. The Clippers made sense to the 37-year-old center because of his home in Malibu, Calif., and the chance to continue playing for Rivers.

Asked if this could mean a Garnett return to the Celtics for next season, the source said, “KG in Boston is a very good option.”

The Celtics can survive without Doc. Can they win a championship without him? Yes, can they win that title next year without him? Not sure, but if they have KG and Pierce back. I still think they can find their inner Spurs. Losing Doc isn't the best thing, but it's now the best thing. The Celtics are no stranger to coaching changes. Who could forget the big change in the 80's? The Celtics lost one of the best coaches of all-time. Bill Fitch coached the Celtics in 1981 when they won banner 14. Fitch would leave after the 1983 season, and K.C Jones won two titles as Celtics coach in the 80's.

Tough Enough : Despite Winning a Title in Boston, Bill Fitch Decided to Move On

May 29, 1986|THOMAS BONK

It's been nearly three full years since Fitch left the Boston Celtics, who got the last lash when Fitch resigned and moved on to coach at Houston.

The rough-talking, tough-minded disciplinarian coached the Celtics to an NBA title in 1981, only to leave two seasons later in a swirl of controversy over his coaching methods.

Not too many coaches resign after 56-victory seasons, but that's what Fitch did. Now, Fitch is right back in the championship series, coaching the Houston Rockets tonight in Game 2 against the Celtics.

So far, Fitch has spent almost as much time talking about Larry Bird as he has explaining why he isn't coaching him or the the rest of the Celtics any more.

"It's a long story," Fitch said. "But it isn't what you think it is."

The story begins in the 1979-80 season. It was Bird's rookie year with the Celtics and Fitch's first season coaching Boston after nine years at Cleveland.

A year later, the Celtics took the NBA title, winning 62 games, then defeating Houston in a six-game final series.

The Celtics won 63 the next season but lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs. Then in 1982-83, the Celtics won 56 games, the fewest number of victories in the Bird Era, and were swept out of the playoffs by Milwaukee, 4-0.

This is where the story gets a little messy. Celtic players grumbled that Fitch was too strict, too much of an authoritarian, too much of a disciplinarian.

Fitch soon resigned. Although he landed on his feet in Houston within two weeks, Fitch left behind a tattered image in a city that could have been his but never was.

What went wrong?

It seems there was an undisguised clash of philosophies. The matchup was Fitch vs. almost everybody else.

This current state of the Celtics is much different. But the point I'm trying to make is this. The Celtics can move on with a good coach. Hopefully KG and Pierce are more open to it then some suggest.

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Reply paul
7:00 AM on June 23, 2013 
I hope so. This team has talent, and everyone who has eyes surely has seen that at times Rondo has great chemistry with both KG and PP. Doc is someone who can be a great motivator, and he's very good at getting along with whoever he feels is most important for him to get along with, but that's causing us problems now. The way he seems to try to cater to everyone is hurting us now. We need a coach who understands that it all begins with Rondo, but that the chemistry between Rondo and KG and PP must be nurtured, so that they can become more than the sum of their parts. This is their greatest gift. All three of those guys have exceptional ability to do that. We rode deep into the playoffs based on the chemistry between KG and Rondo most importantly. That kind of chemistry is the breath of life for these guys, for this team. Can we find a coach who can understand that? Scal?
Reply Greg
12:15 PM on June 23, 2013 
Scal would be a good assistant to a new coach I think. Or maybe Scal is ready? I think its a great point u make. Maybe its just time for a change with a coach who better understands Rondo..
Reply jlil89
1:06 PM on June 23, 2013 
I would love to see Scal on this sidelines very soon as an assistant coach.
Reply paul
2:55 PM on June 23, 2013 
Someone mentioned Scal, and it just struck me right away