Should Rivers remain the coach of the Boston Celtics? If no, when should the Celtics fire him. If yes, why? Are there any better coaching possibilities out there?
Yes. The team as it presently constructed is not going to compete with upper tier teams in the East. They are a very young team are at least 1-2 years away from being able to even start to compete with that top tier, barring a big-time trade. Once you reach a point where the team is developed it may be time to bring in a more veteran coach, as I remember being not particularly pleased with some of Doc's coaching in the Indiana series. But with the team taking a step back for youth this year no coaching change is logical.Premier said:Should Rivers remain the coach of the Boston Celtics?
Yes and Yes.Premier said:Should Rivers remain the coach of the Boston Celtics? If no, when should the Celtics fire him. If yes, why? Are there any better coaching possibilities out there?
Al has looked good, considering he's not 100% and coming back from a sprained ankle that's bothering him.P-Dub34 said:Gee, really?
How has Al looked? Improved from last year?
I was sick of being outrebounded every game. It's time for some "defense" that we don't have to rely on falling down on the floor and not boxing out.Premier said:This is not the way to learn the NBA game, especially defense. I would rather have Dick Harter drill them in practice than Doc Rivers play them in games in which their confidence is broken.
P-Dub34 said:Okay, so if he never gets the ball, how is that developing him?
I would agree with you on that I would like to see more Perkins and Gomes and less Blount (too many turnovers, not enough rebounds for a starting center) also I don't want to see any of Scalabrine or for that matter what exactly is it that Justin Reed brings to the table? because whatever it is I don't see it, I honestly don't think Ainge cares about wins or losses he wants to see the young players develop so I think you will see Gomes and Perkins a lot more soon.Rebounders_Rule! said:I take some pride in being less likely than most fans to call for a coach's firing when a team I follow hit's a bad stretch, but Doc Rivers is starting to test my patience. If he doesn't get it through his head that this team needs Perkins' and Gomes's boardwork more than it needs Mark "Fumbles" Blount's offense (and/or whatever it is Scalabrine supposedly provides) pretty soon I just might get on the "Fire Rivers" bandwagon. I'm not there yet but I'm a lot closer than I was before the season started.
I don't really think Doc is doing a good job of developing our young guys. If you look at the young guys on the team, do you honestly see any noticeable improvement that hasn't come through their own hard work? Take Perkins for example. The guy has busted his tail to transform himself from a big soft kid to a BEAST. From the first time he got any time on the floor it was obvious that he had a knack for rebounding, and was good at throwing the quick outlet pass after grabbing a rebound. It was also obvious that he was a little slow to recover after blitzing a pick, he was prone to falling for ball fakes, and he often looked a little lost on offense. This is his 3rd year now and he still has those same faults. He is a little better but he's not going to develop if he keeps getting such inconsistent playing time. The same thing goes for Jefferson. Other than the fact that he's a year older, do you see any significant development over how he played last year? In all honesty I think he has regressed some. Last year he was more fluid on offense than he has seemed so far this year. If he is going to develop he needs consistent playing time and he needs more opportunities on offense. Also, Doc's substitution patterns don't give the players (young guys or vets) the opportunity to use their talents as effectively as they could. Jefferson and Perkins are both bangers that rarely stray far from the basket. LaFrentz and Blount are both softer players who are more comfortable facing the basket and taking mid to long range jump shots. Rather than playing those guys in the tandems he has now, wouldn't it make more sense to have Blount and Jefferson paired up and LaFrentz and Perkins paired up? Think about it, if they double Jefferson in the paint Blount will kill them with 15-20 foot jumpers. If they step out to cover him Jefferson can usually score at will against single coverage. The LaFrentz/Perkins tandem wouldn't be quite the offensive threat, but with one of the opposing bigs having to cover Raef all the way out to the three point line Perkins will be able to set screens for Davis and Pierce (which he is very good at doing) and with the middle opened up these guys could slash to the basket for easy hoops. Also, Perkins will absolutely own the offensive glass with the middle opened up. By playing LaFrentz and Blount together we get killed on the offensive glass unless Pierce spends all his time on the boards which limits him offensively. With Perkins and Jefferson on the floor at the same time the paint is clogged up which allows the other team to double Jefferson with Perkins' man and forces the C's slashers to settle for jump shots rather than driving into the lane knowing that a pair of big defenders will meet them there.vandyke said:This team just isn't good enough, it wouldn't matter who is coaching them, Doc was bought here to bring the young players along and that is it, that is his strength, when and if these young players are ever going to be ready to play- Jefferson, Perkins, Green, Gomes, West, Allen ever come along like we all hope, that is when you bring in a veteran coach to try to get them over that next hump, but until then we are better off with Doc coaching. Trust me this team isn't going anywhere no matter who coaches them.