I would like to start off by letting you all know that I am first and foremost a Boston Celtics fan over any other team in professional sports. With that being said, I hate Doc Rivers. Now here are the facts:
Glenn “Doc” Rivers is not even a doctor. In college he was wearing a “Dr.J” shirt and the assistant coach at Marquette began calling him Doc. Get your own nickname, don’t steal it from the guy who revolutionized the dunk!
I’m not going to tear apart his playing career, he was a fine point guard. I will always respect a good point guard. That’s all I have good to say about him though. As for being a coach, he is as mediocre as it gets.
Doc came into the league as a coach in 1999 with the Orlando Magic. The Magic ended the season 41-41 which was just about how they finished the few years before him, yet he still won coach of the year? Doesn’t make sense to me. He stayed a couple games above .500 and never truly improved the team. Then in the 2003-2004 season Doc’s Magic began the season 1-10. He was fired.
Don’t worry Doc, someone’s trash is Boston’s treasure. In 2004 Rivers took over the coaching vacancy in Boston that was last filled by Jim O’Brien… eww. At this time the Celtics were up and down and Pierce and Walker were clearly not enough to get them over the hump. However, in 2004 the Celtics had Gary Payton and three great rookies, Al Jefferson, Delonte West, and Tony Allen. That year Boston went 45-37 and the future was looking up for the Cs. But then the next two years the young talented Celtics only got worse. In 2007 GM Danny Ainge made some stunning moves and acquired Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, James Posey, and Eddie House and the rest is history. The Celtics went on to win the championship that year and everyone was so in love with savior Doc Rivers. Ever since the “Big 3” have been in Boston they have made Doc look like a genius, but all the guy does is put the same “Big 3” out there with a great young point guard in Rajon Rondo and magic happens.
People always credit Rivers for the great defense the team plays. Coincidentally, in 2007 the team hired a new associate head coach named Tom Thibodeau. Before joining the Celtics Thibodeau was the defensive coach for the Houston Rockets, which had a defense that ranked in the Top 5 among all NBA teams from 2004-2007. Thibodeau is now the head coach in Chicago where they are one of the top teams in the NBA (Yes, it helps having Rose, Boozer, Noah, etc/ but still). Even without Thibodeau the Celtics are having a great season, I understand, but the team is stacked and have Thibodeau’s system still.
Now ready for this one… guess the top two defenses in the NBA. Yup, ranking first in points allowed per game, the Chicago Bulls (91.43). And second you ask… you got it, the Boston Celtics (91.86). Wow. Think about it.
Doc sucks, Thibodeau rules. Go Celtics!