Julian Benbow of The Boston Globe tweeted the news earlier this afternoon: (h/t Redsarmy
Word is that Clifford Ray won’t be back on the Celtics bench this coming season.
Benbow continues to investigate the reason for the departure. After top lieutenant Tom Thibodeau left for Chicago earlier this summer, Ray leaving the bench would come as a tough blow to the squad.
Leon Powe, Al Jefferson, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins are just some of the players that have progressed admirably under Ray’s tutelage since he joined the C’s bench back in May 2006.
His work with Jefferson specifically helped the C’s power forward to double his point and rebounding output in 2006-07, turning him into a big enough trade chip to convince Kevin McHale to take him as the centerpiece of a deal for Kevin Garnett.
Count this as another challenge for Doc Rivers heading into next season.