Doc Rivers leaves the Celtics after making a significant contribution to the history of the franchise. Only Red Auerbach has coached more games than Rivers in team history.
Rivers posted a record of 416-305 during his nine seasons with the Celtics, during which he led them to the playoffs seven times (with a 59-47 record), winning the 2007-08 NBA championship.
Some of the notable moments from Rivers’s tenure:
• 2004: Named 16th coach in Celtics history.
• 2005: Led Celtics to Atlantic Division title, franchise’s first division title in 13 years.
• 2007: Hit low point of tenure in Boston as Celtics suffered through a team-record 18-game losing streak en route to a last-place 24-58 finish. It was the second-lowest winning percentage (.293) in franchise history
• 2008: Named coach of Eastern Conference All-Star team.
• 2008: Led Celtics to NBA-best 66-16 record and 17th NBA championship, beating Lakers in Finals.
• 2010: Led Celtics to NBA Finals, losing in seven games to Lakers.
• 2010: Opted to return to Celtics after considering taking a sabbatical from coaching following what he called a “grueling” season.
• 2011: Agreed to five-year extension to remain Celtics coach.
• 2012: After winning a fifth straight division title, led Celtics to Eastern Conference finals, losing in seven games to Heat.
• 2013: Passed Tom Heinsohn for second place — behind Red Auerbach — in games coached in Celtics history.
• 2013: Went 41-40 in injury-riddled season, then lost in six games to Knicks in first round of the playoffs in what were his final games as Celtics coach.