Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reported today from the NBA’s Draft Combine in Chicago that Danny Ainge confirmed to him that the long-time C’s head coach will be returning to the bench next season.
Rivers did not join his cohorts at the NBA Draft Combine because of a strained hamstring suffered playing tennis last Sunday, but Ainge said Rivers is on board with the team’s retooling efforts and will be back.
“Yeah (he’ll be back), Doc and I are talking about our team next year,” Ainge said. “(No suspense) from my perspective. We’ve got a great coach. We’ve got a coach everybody would love to have and he’s got three years left on his contract and I think Doc likes Boston, too.Coaches get tired, though. It’s a hard job.
“You guys are the only one (who made it an issue).”
C’s fans out there can be a collective sigh of relief, although beat reporter in town throws a bit of cold water on Washburn’s report.
Ainge hasn’t asked Doc flat-out if he’s returning. Doesn’t think he needs to. Says they’ve been talking about next season.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) May 16, 2013
We’ll have to wait for Doc for an official confirmation, but Danny’s assertions are as good as we are going to get at the moment. We’ll take them.
The other news of the day from Washburn: No new news on KG:
“I don’t think I have the answers that Kevin will want,” Ainge said. “So I gotta figure there’s a lot to do (before we talk) and I think there’s a lot of questions in Kevin’s mind as there is every year, to determine whether he’s coming back. I’m not ready to answer everything that he will want to know.”
It’s going to be a long offseason folks.