Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers continues to defend his departure from Boston.
During an appearance on Boston sports radio WEEI (93.7 FM) on Thursday, Rivers rehashed much of the chatter that swirled after his defection to the Los Angeles Clippers in June, suggesting again that he and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge disagree on the exact steps that led to Rivers' being freed from his contract in exchange for a future draft pick.
"Listen, guys, this is old stuff. I’m here, and Danny’s in Boston," Rivers said while promoting a Hoop Dreams event at TD Garden to benefit Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD). "You can ask Danny [about] that more, but there were two people in that room, and it was Danny and I, and anyone else who has a comment about what went on doesn’t really know, because they weren’t in that room. It was more than one day. It was several days, and it was an agreement."
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Rivers also offered his thoughts on Kevin Garnett waiving his no-trade clause to allow the blockbuster swap that landed Garnett and Paul Pierce in Brooklyn as Boston accelerated its roster overhaul this summer.
“I just thought it was a tough one for [Garnett]," said Rivers. "You guys don’t know Kevin. If he has one fault -- and there are not a lot of them as a player -- he doesn’t really allow a lot of people to get to know him, and Kevin hates change. Hates it. He's extremely loyal and, at the end of the day, he felt like Paul was gone, I was gone, Jason Terry was leaving -- and that he was [agreeing to the trade] for the right reasons. Not necessarily that he wanted to go, he just thought that this is something that Danny wanted. Danny wanted to rebuild and reload, and he just felt like he was doing the right thing. I don’t know if he necessarily wanted to go, but he went, and now when you talk to him he’s excited. He’s excited about his new team and he really believes they have a chance of knocking Miami off in the East."
Garnett is in China promoting the ANTA shoe brand. During his media tour, Garnett reiterated that he desired to retire a Celtic, but also suggested that, if Pierce had been dealt away on his own, Garnett might have retired rather than endure a rebuild in Boston.