Rivers takes rocky path and prospers

Celtics coach didn't come by his success in Boston the easy way

Updated: May 14, 2011, 2:37 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Doc Rivers took the hard way.

Five months shy of his 50th birthday, few would have blamed him if he had walked away from the Boston Celtics this summer to enjoy a full year of golf, family and Duke basketball. Then, when the itch to coach returned (and it surely would have returned), Rivers would have been the most sought-after coach in the NBA (call him "Priceline" because he would have been able to name his price and location).

Or, if he really wanted to, Rivers ...

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