The Doc Rivers era began with the Celtic villain-turned-coach saying, “If anyone has love of the game [of basketball] in them, then coaching the Boston Celtics is an opportunity you have to take.”
There were three trying years to start, culminating with the team bottoming out with a 24-58 record in 2006-2007, then missed out on the opportunity for the top-overall draft pick in the 2007 NBA Draft Lottery. When they picked up Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett later that summer, Rivers legacy wasn’t just changed – it was shaped.
In the final six seasons of Doc Rivers tenure in Boston, the Celtics won and NBA Championship (2008), and came within one game of another (2010). The 2012 Celtics proved to be the little engine that could, coming within one win of the NBA Finals.
The era has now ended, for better or worse, with Rivers going to the Los Angeles Clippers, with a 2015 first-round draft pick coming to Boston as compensation.
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