|Posted by shawn cassidy on June 25, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
Jeff Green didn't go through the wars like the Big Three have. Rondo only knows Doc Rivers as his coach, and Kevin knows only Doc as a coach with his time in green. Paul Pierce became close with Doc after a couple of rocky seasons with the great Celtic. This team has changed so much over the years that I don't think the guys will be angry. Of course they don't want to see him go, but he's gone, and they will move on like all of this.
Green said Monday that he has “absolutely no animosity” toward Rivers for wriggling out of his contract and signing an identical deal with the Clippers.
"I can’t speak for the other guys," said Green, “but I’m not angry at all. I’m happy for him. I’ve known him since I’ve been in college. I played with his son (Jeremiah).
“I appreciate the opportunity he gave me to come back to Boston after my (heart) surgery. I appreciate him putting the ball in my hands this season."
Rivers called Green on Monday morning to inform him of his coaching change. Green said he was disappointed, but added, “We should all know by now this is a business."
What business move was done? Doc is making the same money right? He didn't get a pay raise did he? This was a personal move for him. Unless they give him a pay increase this was all to benefit his chances at getting a second ring.
“The main reason I came back to Boston was because of Doc," Green admitted, “but I understand things change. Not everything goes as planned. We had injuries, and some other things, that altered our team.
“You can’t predict the future. I really enjoyed playing for Doc. We have a great relationship.
“I’m sure some people will feel betrayed, but we all have to do what is best for us, and our families.
“Whenever there’s a trade, or a coach leaves, there’s always emotion.
“But then, after a while, we all move on and say, ‘What’s next?' "
I'm looking forward to next era in Celtics history. Doc's a great coach, but there are good coaches out there looking to coach the Celtics.