Posted September 05, 2013

Doc Rivers ‘disappointed’ Danny Ainge lied about his departure from Celtics

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Doc Rivers said Thursday that Danny Ainge's claim that it was the coach's decision to leave Boston is untrue. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Doc Rivers said Thursday that Danny Ainge’s claim that it was the coach’s decision to leave Boston is untrue. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said Thursday he is “disappointed” in the way Danny Ainge labeled his departure from the team this summer to coach the Los Angeles Clippers next season.

Ainge, the team’s president of basketball operations, helped orchestrate the move that released Rivers from the final three years of his five-year-$35 million contract with the Celtics. He had said to the media that it was ultimately Rivers’ decision this summer to leave after having been the Celtics’ coach for nearly a decade:

“It’s not a place that I chose for him to go or a place that I wanted him to be.”

Rivers appeared on WEEI Boston on Thursday morning to say Ainge’s claim is simply untrue:

“Honestly, I was very disappointed in that part of Danny’s press conference. Other than that, Danny and I have no issues. Danny knows, just like I know, that that’s not true.”

Rivers went on to say that the agreement was reached with Ainge in a room where only the two of them were present, and it’s unfair for anyone else to say how the decision was made. Rivers added that his move to Los Angeles was part of a larger organizational restructuring by the Celtics that included Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett being traded to the Brooklyn Nets later in the summer.

Rivers returns to Boston’s TD Garden Dec. 11 when the Celtics host the Clippers for the one-and-only time this season.

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9 comments
Jai2
Jai2

Rivers was only kept his job because of Ainge. He should have been fired years before the one title the NBA handed to him to make the Celtics relevant again. 


Ainge is a liar but he is pissed because he went out on a limb for Rivers and Rivers abandoned him when he needed a scape goat to blame when the team sucked.

BrianGuinnessboyQuinn
BrianGuinnessboyQuinn

defection would be a more appropriate word you contract breaker. when the tough gets going, i guess people like rivers abandon ship. good riddance.

silentassassin
silentassassin

Rivers saw an easy way out of the rebuilding process in signing with the flashy LA franchise.  The basketball gods will reward Ainge and company, thanks to the picks from the BK trade, with a better team than LA within 2-3 seasons. 

Jonjoe1959
Jonjoe1959

Ok, if what Danny Ainge said is a lie, as you put it , not Doc Rivers.. Leavs to question what is the truth? Very Poor Reporting.

Now that's the Truth.

Jai2
Jai2

@BrianGuinnessboyQuinn Don't be an idiot. This is a business. Rivers would have been fired years ago if anyone but his friend Ainge was in charge.The only reason he kept his job after losing 28 games in a row was because AInge was given free reign. 

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

@Jonjoe1959 If only the two of them were in the room discussing his departure and they each say the opposite side of the story, how is a reporter to derive a truth from that? Anything else would be speculation. Very poor commenting.

Now that's the truth.