Ainge Expresses Disbelief on Rivers Leaving
With talks that were declared dead no fewer than four times in an eight-day span, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Tuesday that he didn’t think a deal that would send Doc Rivers to Los Angeles to coach the Clippers would ever get done.
“It still probably hasn’t hit me,” Ainge said, “because I didn’t really think it was going to happen.”
“My feelings are, I planned on Doc being our coach all along,” Ainge said. “We had discussions about him being Gregg Popovich, Jerry Sloan, Red Auerbach — breaking Red Auerbach’s all-time win record as a Celtic and being here for a long time. So I never really had thought about this day.”