We all know that Stephen A Smith loves the sound of his own voice. First we had Stephen A predicting a trade of KG, Paul Pierce AND Doc to the Clippers. Um. I'm trying to remember the last time a coach was traded. None come to mind. Of course he probably meant that the Clippers would trade for KG and the Captain with the assurance that Doc would leave the Celtics and come coach their team. At least, that's what I THINK he may have meant. With Stephen A, who knows?
No sooner had that rumor died down somewhat, with most people counting it out as being ridiculous with zero chance of happening, then he started a rumor that the Nets were actively recruiting Doc Rivers. That one didn't get much traction. Doc has 3 years remaining on his contract with Boston and other than a quick word after the Celtics were eliminated, hasn't addressed next year as yet.
Doc's not at the draft combine with the Celtics' brain trust, which fueled a few rumors. While many coaches choose to skip the pre-draft camp, that didn't stop rumor mongers like Stephen A from speculating. Doc has a very good reason for not being there, however. He suffered a pulled hamstring playing tennis on Mother’s Day. “I laugh because it’s kind of funny, but it’s not,” said Ainge. “It’s pretty bad.”
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Danny came out yesterday and stated that Doc would definitely be back next year. Today, Stephen A was back with more speculation. From an article on ESPN, we get this:
“According to my sources, Doc Rivers has intimated to people he’s close to that (leaving the Celtics) was something that he thought about, in terms of moving forward. As far as I’m concerned, he’s still thinking about it,” Smith said. “But he is under contract with Boston. Boston would have to let him out of his contract and give him permission to talk to somebody else, and I’m not sure he’s that willing. It would have to be a great, great opportunity.”
And, the fact that Danny gave a definite statement that Doc is returning didn't slow Stephen A down in the least as he added this:
“I mean no disrespect to Danny Ainge, he’s a champion as an executive ... but nobody is coming to Boston to play for him. They come to play for Doc Rivers, that’s just a fact.
“So if Danny Ainge wants to maintain his status as a legit executive this game, it would behoove him to keep Doc Rivers happy and keep Doc Rivers in Boston. Because the day that changes is the day that a lot of guys ain’t going to be too willing to come to Boston to play for Danny Ainge.”
It's definitely going to be an interesting off season.
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