George Karl, Lionel Hollins and Vinny Del Negro are all out of jobs despite leading their team’s to a franchise-record in wins. Listening to Mike and Mike on ESPN this morning it made for a hot topic, as Greenberg, Golic and guest Doug Collins mulled over analytics vs. coaching. Touching on how progressive front offices, like the Memphis Grizzlies, are erring on the side of analytics as opposed to proven commodities on their sidelines.
If anything, the discussion brought just how fragile a head coaching job in the NBA is into light. Which only makes it that much weirder that Doc Rivers would be willing to opt out of a sure thing.
“Doc loves coaching,” the source told ESPN. “He loves coaching in Boston. But he feels it may be time for a change.”
Rivers still has three-years, 21 million dollars left on his deal with the Boston Celtics. But ESPN’s report goes on to reminds us that the relationship of Rivers and GM Danny Ainge might ultimately allow the coach to walk away should he honestly want to.
Right now he’s just mulling his options. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing is official. But with the Celtics roster in need of a major revamp, it appears the future of the franchise could be on a shaky foundation for the near future. We’ll keep you updated.