Ever since he arrived, Doc has humbly given praise to the culture of the Celtics. He spoke of how profound his interaction was with Red when he was still around. He's routinely coerced Celtics legends (and even guys not as well known) to drop by a Celtics' practice to share their knowledge with today's players. He has gone above and beyond in that aspect regarding his time with the C's, embracing the history and revering it.
I for one was very happy when the Celtics didn't fire Doc after that lousy 2007 season. I'm glad Danny Ainge and the Celtics' front office showed the same respect to Doc that he has shown Boston since he's been there. To give him a chance to coach a team with some actual guys who could play. For all those that criticize his in-game substitutions, or not playing rookies enough (which is a total myth by the way), I love everything about the man as a coach.
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But then things changed. I didn't mind Doc on the Spurs and was a bit disappointed when they fell short to the Rockets in 1995 (mostly for David Robinson). Then he became the coach of Orlando, winning Coach of the Year and making guys like Chucky Atkins and Ben Wallace into very good basketball players. When John Carroll was let go after his interim head coaching job in 2004, Doc was the guy I wanted.
Now that he's been here, he's the coach players most want to play for according to a recent Sports Illustrated poll of players. He makes Boston an alluring destination and he sells guys on the chance to make their own mark in Celtics history. In fact other than Ray Allen's shocking decision, there's not one guy I can think of that wanted to leave Boston since Doc's been here. That's a testament to Doc Rivers. His ability to communicate to today's players and skill to manage personalities.
To Doc Rivers, thanks for being coach of the greatest franchise in NBA history. For imbuing Celtics' Pride and carrying on the tradition from teams of years past. And thank you, for being the selfless and wonderful coach and person that you are, always embodying Celtics' pride and respectfully revering the team's tremendous past.
No one should ever forget how great Doc has been to the city of Boston and the organization. Here's hoping he's here for at least another 9 years, and hopefully even more. tb727 7/22/2012 12:44:00 PM Tweet Edit