It’s Year 9 of the Doc Rivers Era.
Only Red Auerbach himself (16 years) and Tom Heinsohn have coached the Celtics longer, and since Tommy was sacked 34 games into his ninth season, we can assume Doc will come out of this season as the longest-tenured non-Auerbach coach in the team’s storied history.
I’m here to tell you that he is refreshed, he is excited, and he is ready to go. I’m also here to tell you that you are not reading the words of an unbiased observer. I really don’t see how anyone can spend any period of time around this man and not come away a fan.
He is not your garden-variety, by-the-numbers, no-nonsense, get-a-life coach. He is a fairly normal, well-educated, witty, worldly husband and father of four who happens to love basketball and who has been able to make a nice living playing and coaching it.
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