Although the season came to an end for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night as they lost their second round series in five games to the Miami Heat; the club did receive some good news according to the “Boston Herald” as Celtics head coach Doc Rivers told reporters after the game that he is most likely going to read to the Boston bench for next season. There had been speculation over the last few months that the Boston bench boss would retire at the end of the current campaign to spend more time with his family.
The former NBA point guard who helped the Celtics win an NBA Championship in the 2008 season told media members although he has not come to a final decision he believes he will be back running the squad this fall. Rivers said “I’m leaning heavily to coming back. I haven’t made that decision, but I can tell you that I probably will. I’ve kind of come to that over the last couple of weeks. You know, I’m a Celtic and I love our guys, and I want to win again here. I do. And I’m competitive as hell. I have a competitive group. I will say this: I don’t believe this team is done. And I know, I mean, after listening to the Lakers being broken up after they lost, I’m sure, what the hell, we’re all done, our team. We have to add some people, but other than that, I love the guys in that locker room.”
Rivers has taken the Celtics twice to the NBA Finals during his tenure; in 2008 when his squad beat the Los Angeles Lakers and last season when his team fell to the Lakers in a seven game series. Boston finished the regular season this year with the third best record in the Eastern Conference. They swept the New York Knicks in the opening round of the Playoffs but would fall to the Heat. Boston could have won both game four and five but they would suffer mental lapses late in both games costing them victories in both contests.