|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM|
Doc Rivers quit on the Celtics? I believe he did, but a few weeks, months, and days have passed since the trade that sent Doc out west. If he wasn't mentally able to go though a rebuild, more power to him, and Danny for parting ways. I still feel bitter towards Doc for his final year with the Celtics. Things just weren't right, when they should have been. Doc had this to say about his Clippers.
Those nine seasons with the Celtics were the best of his basketball life, and they're forever embedded within him now. Rivers wished he could've been spared the criticism on his way out, but that was inevitable and he's come to understand that better now.
"It dragged out to a point where there were bound to be hurt feelings," Rivers said. "The truth was this: I really didn't want to go through a rebuild. I've been through three – when I first got to Orlando, and then when Grant Hill went down again. And I had been through one in Boston. It's easy to say, 'Just do it,' but for a coach, it's brutal. Showing up, getting your ass kicked, it's brutal."
"It takes a lot out of you. At the end of the year, when we lost, I had full intentions of doing it. The more I kept thinking about it, I knew it wasn't in me again. At least not there again.
"But when the deal first fell apart, I told [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge], 'I'll coach again here, I'll come back.' And then, a day later, I told him: I don't know if I can. That's how wishy-washy I was. But when I said that, Danny said, "OK, let me get back to work and get this thing done.'"