Doc Rivers took one route to the Celtics’ practice facility in Waltham in his nine years as the team’s coach. He went the same way countless times, exiting 95 at exit 27A and taking the curvy streets to practice. In Los Angeles? Rivers figures he already has taken at least 20 ways to the Clippers’ facility because of the legendary traffic.
Rivers has changed coasts, changed cultures, and changed responsibilities, leaving the Celtics’ rebuilding plan for an opportunity to take the usually downtrodden Clippers to new heights. It’s been six months since Celtics fans went through Rivers’s departure from Boston, and there is still confusion regarding how badly Rivers wanted out, or whether president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, gazing at Brad Stevens and the opportunity for a new start, nudged Rivers west.