Rivers plans to make decision soon

Updated: June 21, 2010, 7:46 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Coach Doc Rivers said he has not made a decision about his future, but he revealed Monday he was leaning in one direction as he ponders whether to walk away from the Boston Celtics.

He did not, however, reveal which direction he was leaning.

Making his final appearance of the season on Boston sports radio WEEI (850 AM) on Monday morning, Rivers said that he has had just one conversation with his family about his future since the Finals ended with a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and they will sit down as a unit again in about a week to finalize his decision.

"[Father's Day] was nice," Rivers said. "A couple of my kids were out of town, playing sports, as usual, but it was nice to be home, to have family around. So that's always nice.

"We didn't talk about [a decision] at all, really. We've only even brought it up once since the season has been over. It's still very difficult to get through Game 7, let alone talk about the future, to be honest."

Pressed if he could look someone in the eyes and promise he hadn't made a decision, Rivers, who has one year remaining on his contract, admitted he was leaning in one direction.

"I'm not going to say which way I'm leaning, and I am one way, but I can look you in the eye and tell you I have not made a decision," he said. "We've only had one small conversation and we're going to do that in the next week or so."

Rivers was asked if he might regret a decision to return if he endured another injury-filled season like the one the Celtics just completed, and he quickly noted that it would be far more regrettable if his kids did something amazing and he missed it.

Rivers did admit that there are reasons to stay, particularly the players who have been inundating him with texts and phone calls hoping to sway him to remain on the sideline.

"The only reason you stay is the love for the guys you coach, and the organization -- [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge], and all those guys you work for," Rivers said. "You know if you do leave, you're not going to get that back. You can get a coaching job back, no doubt about that, but I don't think you can ever get the situation that I have here in Boston.

"So that will be difficult to leave, but the other side of it is so strong as well with family. It's going to be an interesting decision, and I don't know what is yet."

Rivers indicated his decision is likely to come before Ray Allen and Paul Pierce make decisions about their own futures in Boston, so it sounds as if Rivers will be the first domino to fall in the Celtics' offseason.

"I'm going to make my decision hopefully before they make theirs, so that will have no bearing on it," said Rivers. "I think Ray wants to come back and I think Paul wants to come back. Whether Paul opts out or not, we'll figure that out. Then Ray's gotta go through the process, and get him signed back."

Asked if his players were recruiting him to stay, Rivers admitted they were.

"Oh yeah, there's no doubt about that," said Rivers "I'm getting a lot of texts and calls right now. It makes you feel good, that you have a group of guys who want to go to battle with you. That makes you feel great."

But Rivers also admitted that he's already thought about his potential post-coaching career, including his desire to work a limited TV broadcast schedule that would keep him active, but also allow the freedom to see his kids play.

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

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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