The last time we heard from Doc Rivers, after his Celtics were eliminated by the New York Knicks, was in the locker room after the decisive Game 6. When asked about whether he was planning to return to the Boston bench (he has three years left on his deal), an exasperated Rivers said he wasn’t yet ready to make that decision.
"I don’t know that right now," Rivers said on May 4. "I can’t make that decision now. I’m under contract and we’ll see. Honestly, I just can’t even think about that right now. So I don’t know.”
Celtics boss Danny Ainge has said the coach has told him he’d return, but we still haven’t heard it from the coach himself.
Fast forward to today, when Rivers was a call-in guest to ESPN New York Radio’s Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco show (LISTEN TO IT HERE). Over the nearly 11-minute interview, Doc discussed the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron and the increase in talent across the conference.
He was not asked about his future in Boston, but in closing the segment, Stephen A. said this:
“In the very near future you will be hearing from me again to talk about your Boston Celtics.”
Read into that what you will.