The Celtics announced today that Doc's contract has been extended. No details have been released as yet as to the length of the extension. Hopefully it is only 1 year so that when the team doesn't play defense again next season, even with the defensive players that Danny brings in and the improved defense of our individual players, they won't be out too much when they have to fire him anyway.
"Doc is a leader and I have all the confidence in the world in Doc as coach of the Celtics. With Doc as our coach we have the continuity that is crucial in the development of the franchise," Danny Ainge said, Celtics Executive Director of Basketball Operations.
I know somewhere Bill Simmons is crying in his beer. Many of us have had our hopes for Rick Adelman dashed. By the time that Danny wakes up and realizes that this team will never get to the next level with Doc, there probably won't be any good ones available. We are passing up some prime candidates to keep Doc for at least another year.
Celtics management, making good on its stated intention to keep Doc Rivers in the fold, signed the Celtics [team stats] coach to a one-year contract extension today. His salary will remain at $5 million, though bothsides reportedly had an option for a second year. The current extension goes ghrough 08-09 season.
I would have wanted to put a performance clause in there also. At least it was only 1 year. If he doesn't do a better job of in game management and coaching defense than he has, he may never get to coach the year out, let alone the extension. On the other hand, if Doc gets the Better Basketball Videos and learns to coach, keeping him may be a good thing. But I wouldn't want to bet on it.