Ainge: Doc felt like we all needed a change

Ainge: Doc felt like we all needed a change
June 25, 2013, 9:30 pm
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After postponing press conferences twice within the last week, Danny Ainge finally spoke Tuesday on the situation surrounding head coach Doc Rivers' recent departure.

And he didn't mince words.

The team's GM iterated that he had always planned on Rivers returning to the Celtics for this season and beyond.

"We had discussions about him being a Gregg Popovich, a Jerry Sloan, a Red Auerbach, breaking Auberach's all-time win record as a Celtic and being here for a long time."

Ainge first became aware of Rivers' hesitation to come back to the team for the 2013-2014 season on May 8, yet still believed he would stay put up until Monday.

Despite the tumultuous last month, Ainge had nothing but good things to say about a coach that brought his team a championship.

"Doc gave everything he could for nine years, one of the great things I've always appreciated about Doc Rivers is his stamina publicly. He gets up and down like every coach does after wins and losses. That sucker is there the next morning, watches the film three times and is ready to go again. He's given us every ounce he has for the last nine years."

"I don't think there should be resentment. I know how Boston fans are and all that but I really don't feel like there should be any resentment. This may good for everybody, this may be a win-win, time will tell."

To see more of what Ainge had to say, click on the video link above.

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