Rivers surprised by retirement report

Updated: April 14, 2010, 10:35 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers called a report of his possible departure after this season "old news" and stressed that his family has not had a single conversation about his future as a head coach in Boston or anywhere else.

Responding to a Boston Herald report that suggested Rivers was leaning toward retirement at the end of this season, Boston's sixth-year coach said that he goes through the same process each offseason and that this year would be no different.

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"It's what I've said for the last three years, that is what I told [the Herald]," Rivers said Wednesday before the Celtics' regular-season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. "It's old news, it really is. I don't think about it, to be honest. Every summer I do the same thing: I go home, get away from it for a while, and make a decision. It's no different than last summer or the summer before that. I was a little amused at the question because I thought it was old news.

"I haven't thought about it. I don't think about it. If you thought about it after every game, you'd go a different way each time. If you win, you think you can do this forever; when you lose it's, 'Man, I think I'm leaving.' It's human nature.

"Other than that, as a family, we haven't talked about it. It's what I said [Tuesday], it's a non-issue for me now. Obviously a lot of people outside have made a lot of conclusions on what I'm thinking. I always thought I was the best source."

The Herald report suggested that with three seniors -- two in college, one in high school -- Rivers could be tempted to step down, particularly on the heels of a frustratingly inconsistent season and with the Celtics potentially in rebuilding mode.

There is the possibility the Big Three could be broken up after this season, with Ray Allen's contract up and questions about the durability of aging stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

But Rivers stressed he hasn't even begun the process of determining his future.

"Maybe we won't," Rivers said when asked about the possibility of the team being reconstructed this coming offseason. "We haven't gone down that road, it hasn't been discussed as an organization. I think there are lot of assumptions being made that aren't there yet. Time will tell."

The report in the Boston Herald cited sources that said Rivers is leaning toward leaving the Celtics after the season primarily for family reasons.

Rivers' son Jeremiah will be a senior on the Indiana basketball team this fall. His daughter, Callie, will enter her final season as a volleyball star at Florida. And son Austin, an elite basketball prospect, will be entering his senior year in high school.

"Part of it is true," Rivers told the Herald. "Every year I sit down in the middle of the summer and I have a family discussion. We talk about what we want to do. That's nothing new, but every year it gets stronger and stronger. And I think people are making some common-sense reads. I've got three seniors next year, two in college and one in high school. That's important to me. We're all family men. We all have kids.

"Every year you've got to weigh what's best for your kids. That's just the way it is. But, I don't get into it now. I don't talk about it. I've never told anyone one way or the other, and that's how it's always been."

Rivers has one year remaining on his contract and said he told general manager Danny Ainge he didn't want to discuss a possible extension.

"Danny already brought it up, and I told him I didn't want to talk about it," Rivers told the Herald. "Danny came to me early in the year, and I said I didn't think it was fair to the players for the coach to be talking about his contract during a season. He said, 'Well, I think we need to do something,' and I said, 'Well, we've got all summer.' "

Chris Forsberg is the Celtics reporter for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Chris Forsberg

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