Thursday, June 24, 2010
Doc: 'I'm still an employee'
By Chris Forsberg
Celtics coach Doc Rivers indicated he hopes to make a decision on his coaching future by July 1 when addressing the media following Boston's selection of Avery Bradley with the 19th overall pick int he 2010 NBA Draft Thursday.
"I don't know yet [if he'll be coaching Bradley]," admitted Rivers. "If I'm coaching, I'll be coaching him -- I can tell you that. But I just don't know yet... We'll make a decision very soon though, very soon."
Asked if that decision could come next week, Rivers indicated he hoped it would.
"Oh yeah, I hope so," he said. "If I come to that, but I hope so. For a lot of reasons, that July 1 date is important, I think it would be good to make a decision before that."
Rivers was then asked why he even came to Boston for the draft proceedings with an uncertain future.
"I'm still an employee," said Rivers. "[Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] wanted me to be here... It's where I wanted to be."
Rivers did admit his input into the draft has been minimal.
"Not much, and I didn't want it to be, honestly," said Rivers. "I trust Danny so much, honestly. For me, the way I look at it, he's done the work all year. What Danny does, he give me a list and says, 'This is what we're looking at, what do you think?' We sat and watched tape the last couple days and I turned back to him and said, 'What do you think?' And he said, 'I think you'd like coaching this guy.' That's basically what we've done since I've been here."
A couple other quick nuggets form Rivers:
* Kendrick Perkins was scheduled for surgery Friday to repair the two torn ligaments in his right knee, but that will be delayed as the team waits for swelling to subside.
"Well, we assumed surgery Friday, but we're going to wait a little while," said Rivers. "The swelling and stuff has to go down, but I don't really know [when it will happen]. In the next couple of weeks."
* Rivers said Rasheed Wallace's retirement isn't official and won't be until he goes through the necessary channels to make it such, but he does believe he'll walk away.
"I don't think he's changed his mind," said Rivers. "Rasheed had told me three days before [Game 7] this was it. The night before he called and said, 'Hey, I'm going to give you all I got, because this is my last time playing.' [Game 7] was very emotional, so you never know, but I think it's over... He basically said that it was his final game. But again, nothing has happened yet, so he has the option to change his mind."
Rivers lauded Wallace's effort in Game 7 and noted that he is likely to go coach high school ball in Oregon if he does walk away from the NBA after 15 seasons.