Well, here we are, stuck in a quagmire that is courtesy of our very own Doc Rivers. His on-again, off-again flirtation with the Los Angeles continues in starts and fits, with David Stern and the league office finally getting involved and complicating matters even further. No matter what happens or how this ends up, one thing is for certain if you’re a Boston Celtics fan: Nobody wins.
How in the world will Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers spin this thing if the deal falls through and Doc decides to come back to the Celtics bench? And what about Kevin Garnett? He agreed to waive his no-trade clause knowing that this would become public knowledge, and on the assumption that the deal was as good as done. If it all goes down in flames, as may be the case, then what about KG? He’s stuck between retirement and coming back to a Celtics environment that will be far from cohesive. Dysfunctional and awkward is more like it, best case, and that’s if Rivers comes back to the bench. And that doesn’t take into account the 45-win team the Celtics will be next season. If Rivers walks, then KG is left holding the bag, forced to decide between retirement or slogging through another wasted season in Boston – kind of like when he started his career in Minnesota.
And what about Paul Pierce? Pierce is the odd man out at the moment, biding his time until July 1, waiting for the mess ahead of him to be sorted out.
How much money does Ainge make?
Well, nobody wins at this rate, especially the fans, who find themselves on a roller coaster ride in terms of emotions.
Sad thing is, I was mentally prepared for a reboot. New coach, new young center in DeAndre Jordan, a couple of first-rounders…but unless something happens and happens soon, we’re stuck in neutral…just like Danny Ainge’s rebuilding plans.