May 13, 2011

Done Deal: Doc Rivers Agrees to Five(!)-Year $35 Million Extension: Doc Rivers made no secret of his intentions to return to this team in the interim, but I donít think anyone was expecting any news as good as this.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 12:39 PM - 3 comments

I like him a lot as a coach, it very good news for the Celtics.

He won a lot of playoff games last year by out coaching the competition.

posted by Atheist at 01:26 PM on May 13

Doc is a great coach, would have been first choice for most other NBA coaching opportunities if he chose to pursue them.

Hope he has some input on player moves for next year as trades this year were a massive bust. Loss of Perkins was immense. The O'Neals and Troy Murphy should retire. Davis might fetch a decent player in a trade. They need a backup for Rondo .. Delonte West was an experiment gone horribly wrong.

The window is closing for Garnett/Allen/Pierce. They were close this year, with any bench support at all they might still be playing - their bench was badly outplayed by the Heat's ragtag minimum contract crew (The Little 9).

posted by cixelsyd at 03:27 PM on May 13

As a franchise the Celts will need all the help they can get in the next few years. Maybe Danny Ainge has something else up his sleeve, but to me with this core group they look like a team who will make it to the playoffs as a 7 or 8 seed the next few years and then get run over by a young team.

Prolonged good shooting declines rapidly as you get older and who emerges as the #1 shooter on this team? The "big three" are skating down the bell curve of decline. Rondo is a force but the Celts need to look long and hard at his future with the team. He is their main bargaining chip right now and they either have to deal him for someone else or hang on and bring in some other young talent.

How will they do that though? The only member of the big three who has any value is Ray Allen . . .

posted by jeremias at 07:30 PM on May 13

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