Pierce, Allen key to Doc Rivers' return

Updated: July 27, 2010, 1:13 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPNBoston.com

ORLANDO -- Doc Rivers was so exhausted from the season, mentally drained from how the Boston Celtics lost Game 7 of the Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers, that he was close to telling the Celtics he was ready to take a sabbatical from coaching.

"I was spent," Rivers said Monday night after watching his son Austin play at the AAU Super Showcase at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. "I was most likely leaning heavily the other way -- more because of this," Rivers said, pointing ...

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