With the Doc Rivers sage now behind them, the Boston Celtics must now look towards the future and try to decide who the right guy to fill the job will be. Boston’s first choice, Lawrence Frank, is taking a job on Jason Kidd’s staff in Brooklyn which leaves the Celtics in an awkward albeit interesting situation in regards to what will come next in the head coaching search.
Right off the bat three names come to mind and will be heavily rumored to be involved with the vacancy left by Rivers in Boston. The first choice is Brian Shaw who was at one time the hottest name on the coaching market but remains without a job. If the Celtics are looking to rebuild, a young, talented head coach like Shaw seems to be a good fit.
But rebuilding is about taking young players and having a proven veteran coach them up. Shaw is a hot name and without a doubt a great coach but both Vinny Del Negro and Lionel Hollins are more experienced as head coaches and could step in and mesh the old with the news in this transition period the Celtics are now entering.
There is talk that Kevin Garnett could come back next season and if he does, having a veteran head coach like Del Negro or Hollins is an idea that makes sense. Not only will both coaches be able to handle stars like Garnett and Rajon Rondo, but they’ll be able to handle younger talent and rookies that come in this offseason.
Of the two names, Hollins is the better choice. Rondo admitted that he wasn’t easy to coach and there have been reports about Rivers and Rondo getting into arguments last season and in the years before that as well. Del Negro is a winning coach, but he couldn’t have a worse reputation and whether or not the rumors about Chris Paul wanting him gone are true or not, he doesn’t seem cut out to handle divas and Rondo is self-professed.
It will be interesting to see where the Celtics go with their next choice for head coach but it’ll likely be either Hollins or Del Negro. With Shaw getting a lot of interest from the Denver Nuggets, the assumption is that he’ll take a job there and Hollins will be left as the odd man out in the love triangle between himself, the Nuggets and the Clippers.
Boston will likely hire whoever doesn’t get the Denver job, but there are a number of different directions they can go with this and they have plenty of time to make a decision.