Found June 19, 2013 on Boston's Bettah:
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After a weekend of talk and rumors and speculation and firing up of the trade machine, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers broke off their talks for the massive deal involving Celtics coach Doc Rivers and power-forward Kevin Garnett. Many Celtics fans see this as a blessing. There was growing speculation that the Boston Celtics might just run it back in 2013-2014 and hope that they just avoid the massive amounts of injuries and under-achievements that plagued the team last season. If they weren’t contenders by the time the trade-deadline came around in February, they could have made deals to contenders involving their players with high trade value. The biggest elephant in the room was Doc Rivers. For what seemed like the umpteenth off-season in a row, Doc Rivers was contemplating whether or not he wanted to come back and coach in 2013. This wasn’t anything new to Celtics fan. It was simply becoming a part of the off-season of the Boston Celtics. Of course he would be back by the time the draft came back, and so would Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. By Christmas with Rajon Rondo fully healthy and things starting to click, the Boston Celtics might just have a chance in 2014. Was it a long shot? Sure, but Zach Lowe said last year that if teams have a 5% chance at contending for a title, they take it. Somehow the 2013 off-season took a turn for the worst. Doc Rivers never told the team what he wanted to do and speculation grew that Doc Rivers did not want to continue to be involved with the Boston Celtics. Then he started working out his own exit strategy. This would be okay in an NBA world where people who have paid their dues to an organization get to plan out their own exit, but he seemingly didn’t tell anyone he was talking to the Clippers. Then he roped Kevin Garnett into it despite the fact that both KG and Doc were under contract with the Celtics for at least another year. Then they were convincing Mr. Celtic himself, Paul Pierce, to come when the Celtics bought him out which at this point is the worst kept secret in the NBA. It was pretty clear. Doc Rivers didn’t care about the contract he was signed on for or the fact that he knew that there would be rebuilding in the latter part of that contract that he signed on for. Throughout Boston, Doc Rivers is getting a free pass because of how beloved he is in Boston. He is the coach that facilitated the new wave of Celtics pride, he was the soul of the Boston people after the marathon bombings in April. Now, Doc Rivers wanted out at what seems like the worst possible time. And despite the pleading from the Celtics fans that the falling out between the Celtics and the Clippers means that Doc Rivers could be coming back to the sideline for the Celtics, it just can’t happen now. Doc Rivers has passed the point of no return. Doc Rivers doesn’t want to be in Boston and Danny Ainge doesn’t want a coach that does not want to be in Boston either. Plus, if Rivers comes back, why would the players respect a guy who did not want to be here anyway. Doc Rivers has reached a point of no return with the Boston Celtics. There is no way he can be back. Is it too early to tank for Andrew Wiggins?
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