Rivers: I'll be surprised and disappointed if fans boo

Rivers: I'll be surprised and disappointed if fans boo
December 10, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Doc Rivers makes his return to the TD Garden Wednesday night . . . but as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rivers was "traded" the Clippers over the offseason in a highly-publicized and scrutinized deal.

To sum it up, Rivers didn't want to rebuild here in Boston, and that's where Danny Ainge was planning on taking the roster - and did, when he traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets shortly after.

Rivers joined the Felger and Mazz Show Tuesday afternoon to discuss his return to Boston, and if he will be hurt if he is booed by the fans.

"Of course. But I would be surprised by it," Rivers told Felger. "I'm sure some will. I was booed  at times as a coach. That's fine, but I don't anticipate that. I would be very surprised by it but if it happens it happens. I'd be disappointed by it, of course. I'm a human being. The way I look at it is I have nine amazing years, and I think fans will see that more than anything else.

"I won a title here. There' s a banner that has my name on it that's going to hang right above me when I walk out. This is all good."

That is all true. Rivers poured his heart and soul into the Celtics while being a head coach. But in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of world, some fans might be quick to forget all that and remember how things ended in Boston for Rivers.

He admits that he did essentially walk out on the Celtics over the offseason.

"I did at the end of the day," Rivers said. "But it was with Danny and I and all that. You make choices in life. It just happens . . . in this case it did. It was a very difficult decision for me to make: Whether to walk away, whether to walk away and sit for a couple years which was another way I was leaning, or if the right job presented itself to walk away and do that."