Folded neatly in the middle of the nice ESPN article Jackie MacMullen wrote about Al Jefferson is this blurb about Doc's potential future.
Ainge acknowledges this is the most critical offseason of his tenure in Boston. Although impatient fans are clamoring for a change, both in the front office and the coaching ranks, owner Wyc Grousbeck insisted Tuesday his intent is to stay the course with Ainge and coach Doc Rivers.
"I'm confident both guys will be back next year,'' he said.
Rivers, who next season will be in the final year of a contract that pays him $4 million annually, has lobbied publicly for an extension. Grousbeck said that determination won't be made until the end of the season, and when it is, it will be Ainge's call. Team and league sources said if Rivers persists in pursuing the extension, it could cost him his job.
Doc is getting a lot of positive press and praise from everyone in the organization publically.Â But you get the feeling that they don't want him feeling too comfortable.