Friday, May 10, 2013
KG and Rivers expected to return
By Nick Borges
The Boston Celtics could have a different look in 2013-14 if Kevin Garnett decides to retire and head coach Doc Rivers left the team, however president of basketball operations Danny Ainge believes both will return next season.
"Doc is always unsure [about his future]," Ainge told sports radio WEEI on Thursday, according to ESPNBoston.com. "Coaching is very, very draining. Every year with Doc, he's had to go home and sort of recharge and ask himself that question, 'Is this something that I'm passionate about and want to continue doing?' I understand that. And we sorta give him time to unwind and relax, and after a couple of 92s on the golf course, he usually comes back."
And what about Garnett?
"I do the same thing as I do with Doc: I give him some time away and I'll touch base with KG probably sometime next week," Ainge said. "He's put so much into the game, he invests as much as any player I've ever seen. And he just needs time to chill and contemplate his life and then we'll talk at some future time. But I do anticipate that KG will play. Just like I did last year, I feel the same this year. I don't know for sure, but we'll know more in the next couple weeks."
Garnett has two years and a guaranteed $18.43 million on his contract with the Celtics.