Bill Simmons says Doc Rivers quit on the Celtics

Doc Rivers and Bill Simmons on ESPN: Well that was awkward

6/28/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Blog Photo - Bill Simmons says Doc Rivers quit on the CelticsThe worst thing about Bill Simmons analyzing the NBA on television is the fact that he has absolutely no problem letting his fan flag fly, and openly roots for the Boston Celtics when most people expect some sort of objective analysis.

On the other hand, the best thing about Simmons is that he openly roots for the Celtics and makes no secret about how he feels about every single move that his beloved Celtics make.

That made things a bit awkward yesterday during the NBA Draft, when he said that former Celtics coach Doc Rivers quit on the team by leaving for the Clippers. When Shelley Smith interviewed Doc, she mentioned that to him, and his response was pretty awesome.

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On one hand, Simmons is absolutely right. Rivers most definitely gave up on the Celtics. It became clear that they were moving into "rebuilding mode," and Rivers started making it clear that he would rather coach the Clippers than stay in Boston.

At that point, the Celtics were basically forced to let him go. Once a coach makes it clear that he doesn't want to be there, there's no point in keeping him around. It's not good for the coach, and it's not good for the team.

The Celtics ended up getting a first round draft pick for Rivers, which is exactly what they're looking for right now.

On the flip side, Rivers got to go to a team that is built to win right now, instead of sticking with a team that is destined for a few rough seasons.

Did he give up on the team? Yeah, kinda. But can you blame him? Not at all.

He did the right thing for the Celtics by leaving, and the Celtics did the right thing to let him go. This is the best situation for everyone, and it's a bit ridiculous for Simmons to be so openly upset about it.

In all reality, would Doc Rivers have been the right coach for Boston's rebuilding period? His tenure in Orlando with a mediocre team wasn't terribly successful, and there's no reason to believe he's a good coach for a rebuilding era.

This was a good move for Rivers and for the Celtics. Relax, Simmons.
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6/28/13   |   Scott   |   49508 respect

(Edited by Scott)

The worst part about Bill Simmons analyzing is that he isn't an analyst, he's a sportswriter.  This is what happens when you put a team's biggest fan behind the microphone at what is suppose to be an unbiased TV network. 

6/28/13   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
How about the fact that his record with the Celtics was awful and had two of the worst seasons in their franchise history. Wasn't his job in question until Ainge pulled the trigger on Garnett and Allen? How about some loyalty to the Celtics for sticking with him when times were rough?

Eh... I'm all set. As you noted with Doc's first couple seasons in Boston, he's not exactly the kind of coach who is meant for a rebuilding process. It wouldn't be good for the team OR Doc if he had stayed. Now, they can hire someone else for less money anyway, save a few bucks, and then fire him in 2-3 years when they're ready to hire another elite coach and field a winning team again.

6/28/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

How about the fact that his record with the Celtics was awful and had two of the worst seasons in their franchise history. Wasn't his job in question until Ainge pulled the trigger on Garnett and Allen? How about some loyalty to the Celtics for sticking with him when times were rough?