Celtics search to replace Rivers begins now

Updated: June 25, 2013, 9:19 PM ET
Associated Press

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge thought Doc Rivers was going to be the next Gregg Popovich, Jerry Sloan or even Red Auerbach -- coaches who stayed with one team for decades.

Rivers got the nine-year itch.

"He felt like it was time for a change. He felt like we all needed a change," Ainge said on Tuesday night after the deal to allow Rivers out of his contract to coach the Los Angeles Clippers was final. "That was his rationalization, or justification, ...

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