Possible Replacements for Doc Rivers?


Doc River is on his way to Clipper land as we speak, so now the question becomes, who will replace the longtime Celtics coach? Here are some candidates:

George Karl- former head of the Denver Nuggets for nine seasons, his accomplishments include:

  • NBA Coach of the Year(2013)
  • NBA All-Star Game head coach (1994, 1996, 1998, 2010)
  • Career coaching record(1131-756)
  • became the seventh coach in NBA history to record 1,000 win

My opinion: Karl hasn't won a NBA title in his coaching career yet, and he willing be looking for a team to pay him the big bucks to coach, and that's not the Celtics.

Lionel Hollins- former head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, his accomplishments include:

  • Career coaching record(214-201)
  • Memphis has finished 2nd in their division that last two seasons under him coaching,
  • Memphis has made the playoffs the last three seasons under him coaching.

My opinion: I really like this guy, and i think he would be a great replacement for the Celtics, as he has made the playoffs that three seasons coaching the Memphis Grizzlies, including making the conference finals this season, before his contract was up with Memphis. Is this the right man for the job?

Lawrence Frank- former head coach of the Detroit Pistons:

  • Career coaching record(279-335)

My opinion: As a coach, this guy has only coached his team to 38 playoff games and that was early in his career, he was hired by the Boston Celtics in 2010 to replace Tom Thibodeau as the lead assistant, but was hired next season by the Detroit Pistons, so do we give him a second chance at coaching the Celtics?

Tyronn Lue- current director of basetball development for the Boston Celtics

Not much coaching history for Ty, this has been his only coaching job since being a NBA player, so in my opinion with not much coaching history and since Rivers said he was taking him to the Clippers with him, he's at the bottom of my list, what do you think?

J.B. Bickerstaff- current assistant coach for the Houston Rockets

Via Bickerstaff has been given credit for designing the high-powered Houston offense, which was pretty evolutionary in that it was built with advanced statistics in mind. The Rockets shot more corner 3- pointers than any team except Miami and fewer mid-range jumpers than any other team (by far), finishing 6th in offensive efficiency despite not having a second elite scorer behind James Harden. If Rivers deserved to be questioned for any one thing over the past few seasons, it was that the Celtics didn't attempt shots from the right zones. Bickerstaff and his offensive philosophy could help change that, if the Rockets would let him leave.

Could we use some help from Kevin Mchale's coaching staff, or can we find someone better?

David Fizdale- current assistant coach for the Miami Heat, his accomplishments include:

  • 2x NBA Champion(2012-2013) as assistant coach

David Fizdale begins his fifth season as an assistant coach for the HEAT after previously serving five seasons as an NBA assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks. What do you think?

Jeff Van Gundy- is a current TV analyst for the NBA, and former Houston Rockets coach(2007), here are some of

his accomplishments:

  • Career Coaching record(430-318)
  • 2000 NBA All-Star Game head coach
  • He has let his teams to a total of 88 playoff games while a coach

My opinion: Jeff hasn't coached since 2007 and might be a little rusty, we need a guy that has experience and is ready to coach, not a guy that has been a TV analyst for the last six years, Will Jeff Van Gundy return to coaching?

Stan Van Gundy- former head coach of the Orlando Magic(2012), his accomplishments include:

  • Career coaching record(371-208)
  • 2x NBA All-Star game head coach(2005, 2010)
  • Has coached his teams to a total of 87 playoff games while coach

My opinion: I like Stan, he has a good coaching record, and has worked with players like Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, and J.J. Reddick, he has experience, and wouldn't cost that much to hire, Is he a good fit for Boston?

Danny Ainge- current President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics.

Via Wait, what? I know, he's the Celtics' president of basketball operations. But executives with coaching experience have returned to the bench before (what up, Pat Riley?) and Ainge is actually 136-90 during three-plus seasons, with trips to the postseason during every campaign he finished (he resigned during his fourth season with a 13-7 record, citing a desire to spend more time with his family).

His accomplishments include:

  • Career Coaching record(136-90)
  • NBA Champion(2008) as executive
  • NBA Executive of the Year(2008)
  • When Coach, he led his team to 12 playoff games.

My opinion: Danny Ainge you are great being our Celtic's President, i don't know any other guy that could replace you at that job. What is your opinion?

Vinny Del Negro- former head coach of the Los-Angeles Clippers, his accomplishments include:

  • Career Coaching record(210-184)
  • Has let his teams to a total of 29 playoff games

My opinion: He's coached players from Derrick Rose to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, i think he would be a great fit for Boston, and could help build Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo, and Jeff Green up as a player, Will Vinny want the Clippers that they made a mistake firing him by leading their new coach and Celtics former coach Doc Rivers back to the playoffs?

Antoine Walker- former NBA player who played for the Boston Celtics

Via ‘Toine may or may not have been joking when he tweeted word that he wants to be the next coach of the Celtics. Not so long ago, Walker teamed with Paul Pierce to form an effective one-two punch that led the Celtics to the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals. Life has been hard on Walker, but if he can get his act together, he could have the Celtics leading the league in 4-pointers in no time.

My opinion: we don't need a former player, and the same age as Pierce and KG to be our coach, sorry Antoine, maybe later down the road. Can you see him as our coach?

Jerry Sloan- former head coach of the Utah Jazz(2011).

Via Sloan recently signed back on with the Utah Jazz in an advisory role, but he has been trying to getback into coaching since he resigned as Jazz coach in 2010. Sloan reportedly turned down several job offers because he was searching for the right situation. What could be a better situation than the franchise with 17 championship banners?

His accomplishments include:

  • Coaching career record(1221-803)
  • led his teams to a total of 202 playoff games while coach

My opinion: Jerry definitely has experience leading his teams to the playoffs, but still hasn't won that title, maybe he just didn't have the right players, since he is looking to get back into coaching, i say we give him a shot, What do you say?

Armond Hill- current assistant coach for the Boston Celtics

Armond Hill begins his seventh season as an Assistant Coach for the Boston Celtics. He was named to the Celtics coaching staff on July 1, 2004. Hill, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. brings over 19 years of experience as either a head or assistant coach at the high school and collegiate level, was most recently an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks during the 2003-04 season.

My opinion: Hill has been with Celtics since 2004, and definitely know the Celtics system, and all their plays, and knows the players real well, so why not give him a shot, Right?

Phil Jackson- former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers(2011), his accomplishments include:

  • 11× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998, 2000–2002, 2009–2010)
  • 6× Eastern Conference Champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
  • 7× Western Conference Champion (2000–2002, 2004, 2008–2010)
  • NBA Coach of the Year (1996)
  • 4× NBA All-Star Game head coach (1992, 1996, 2000, 2009)
  • Top 10 Coaches in NBA History

My opinion: As you can see Jackson has quite a career history as a coach, but like George Karl, he comes with a price, and we aren't, plus i don't think he would come to the Celtics anyway, but just a candidate to keep in my mind, Can you see him coaching the Celtics?

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