Doc Rivers has spoken. In his first public comments since officially signing a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, Jackie MacMullan of ESPNBoston.com caught up with the C’s former coach to get his side of the story on his departure from the Boston Celtics.
“I always knew when I took the job with Boston that I would love the Celtics,” said Rivers, in his first public comments since he entered negotiations with the Clippers. “I knew I would love the tradition and the players. But I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the city and the people in it. Honestly, I get emotional thinking about it. I will cherish every single moment I had in Boston.”
He knows what his sudden detractors, who feel betrayed by his actions, are thinking: If he loved it so much, then why did he leave?
“It was just time,” Rivers answered. “I really don’t think it would be fair to get into all of that right now. I made a decision to talk with all of the Boston media following my press conference with the Clippers (on Wednesday), and I will honor that.
“I’ll explain it to everyone then. But to say I was dying to get out of Boston, dying to leave the Celtics is just wrong. That’s not how it was. That’s not how I felt.”
Much more on the way, including full reaction from Danny Ainge at today’s presser in Waltham. Be sure to check out the full article on Doc over at ESPNBoston.com