Now, it is easy for Boston fans to complain and call Doc a traitor, especially in this post-Bruins Stanley Cup Finals downfall. Nonetheless, that’s not the entire story. Never forget, this is the man who got three stars (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen) to successfully co-exist and work together, leading them to an NBA championship. When they started to age and break down, he still got them to one more NBA Finals appearance, a seven game series against the Miami Heat’s big three, and four more division titles since 2008. As well, he guided Rajon Rondo into a top five NBA guard, and developed Avery Bradley into a top defender. He helped the Celtics rise from the ashes that were the horrid 2006-07 season and become more relevant in the NBA landscape again.It is rumored his arrival was cause for Chris Paul to remain in the City of Angeles.In turn, he left, and went west. That alone makes him even less of a traitor. He could have tried to force a way to Brooklyn, but Ainge would have never let that happen. Even if it did, that would be maybe the second most traitorous move, since the Nets are in the division. The more duplicitous move would have been to the Lakers. Doc going to Los Angeles’ other basketball team is more of a thorn in the side of the Lakers than it looks like. He attracts stars, as it is rumored his arrival was cause for Chris Paul to remain in the City of Angeles. In addition, his leadership and focus on winning could attract more stars like Dwight Howard, who is thought to desire to team with Paul and make a star pairing somewhere. Many feel it is time to add new blood to the coaching lineage in the NBA.Now, Celtics fans are probably more curious about the obvious question—where does this leave them? Without a coach, they join the carousel to find one. Luckily, there are some great names out there. George Karl, Lionel Hollins, and Stan Van Gundy are some of the coaches brought up by pundits trying to figure out the situation. Two names that haven’t been as attractive to critics are Kevin Eastman and Armond Hill, two of the organizations longest serving assistant coaches. They both have been with the team since 2004, and many feel it is time to add new blood to the coaching lineage in the NBA. For a close organization like this one, promoting internally actually makes a lot of sense.
All that is for certain is that Doc is gone and the Celtics are set to be in a rocky offseason. Nonetheless, next season will be a wild ride.