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08:08 AM ET 05.17 | Doc Rivers hit the airwaves early Monday morning, and he managed to make a few headlines, not least of which was his take on the Kendrick Perkins trade, but there was more, including talk about coaching the Lakers. "Once you take a year off, you pretty much can coach anywhere. But that would have been strange." Q: Ethically, would you have a problem with that, them being the Celtics' archenemy? "I did have a problem with that if I had, let's say, did it this year. I had a philosophical, a big problem with that. If I had said, 'You know what, I'm going to let my contract expire at the end of this year,' and then go take actually any other team. But especially them and a couple of other teams. I couldn't do it."

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May 17, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Yeah right, those dollars start stacking up you would change your mind.

May 17, 2011  08:28 AM ET

2 to 3 years and you are fired.....

May 17, 2011  08:36 AM ET

There is only SO much Doc will be able to do with an aging roster. Unless a new GM comes in with some fresh ideas, Celtics are in a downward spiral.

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May 17, 2011  08:39 AM ET

That's right doc!!! Don't coach those laker Freaks LOL!

May 17, 2011  08:41 AM ET

Why is there a Doc to the Lakers thread? Dude just signed an extention with Boston. Dude is not going anywhere!

May 17, 2011  08:46 AM ET

Too bad Doc! For the Lakers have more assets than the Celts to rebuild on the fly.

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May 17, 2011  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Doc wants to coach the Knicks.

he's locked in for the next five years in Boston, then he's done...

May 17, 2011  09:00 AM ET

That was the quintessential pipe dream if there ever was one.

May 17, 2011  09:13 AM ET

Go home to Orlando, Bro.

May 17, 2011  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Go home to Orlando, Bro.

only in the offseasons...

May 17, 2011  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

There is only SO much Doc will be able to do with an aging roster. Unless a new GM comes in with some fresh ideas, Celtics are in a downward spiral.

they will get a new big man and re-load the 2nd team to relieve pierce, ray and kg; not all that complicated really...

May 17, 2011  09:33 AM ET
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Too bad Doc! For the Lakers have more assets than the Celts to rebuild on the fly.

Celtics are going nowhere with that roster and cap situation even with a new CBA. That's when Doc comes in. 35 million with low expectations... of course any rational being will take that. Ainge is a moron... giving Doc 35 mil with that roster is as dumb as the Perk trade. Somebody get him out of there before he trades Ray Allen for Shanno Brown...

May 17, 2011  10:41 AM ET
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Celtics are going nowhere with that roster and cap situation even with a new CBA. That's when Doc comes in. 35 million with low expectations... of course any rational being will take that. Ainge is a moron... giving Doc 35 mil with that roster is as dumb as the Perk trade. Somebody get him out of there before he trades Ray Allen for Shanno Brown...

The Celtics have near 60 million coming off the books the next two seasons. The ownership has shown it will go over the cap for the right reasons. No reason to think this ship wont be righted. Doc will have them right back in the playoffs again. No reason to think otherwise. You should just worry about the Knicks learning that basketball is played on both ends of the floor. Doc doesnt trade anyone

May 17, 2011  10:42 AM ET
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What makes him think he would even get an offer to coach the Lakers? The "real genius" on the Celtics' bench was Tom Thibodeau. What Coach Thib has shown everyone this year is that the wrong coach was given credit for the Celtics rise.

He left and they were still the best defensive team in basketball. Coach Frank did a great job, and you are quite wrong

May 17, 2011  10:58 AM ET

LA wouldn't hire rivers---his teams choke too much in big games.

May 17, 2011  11:03 AM ET

I'm not sure the rationale behind Doc signing for 5 years. I'd go 2-3 tops. KG, Pierce & Allen (I refuse to call them or Miami "The Big 3") may have 1-2 more realistic title runs left (provided they make healthy additions to the roster). The team will be a 1st or 2nd round playoff team until they retire. The question is are they able to make the right additions to remain a legit contender the next few years? Or do they finish in the middle of the pack yearly (playoffs with no real shot but no lottery picks). He has a small chance to go out winning. More than likely at the end of 5 years the team will be in the process of rebuilding or at the point they need to start.

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May 17, 2011  11:27 AM ET

No thanks.

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