Doc Rivers Saw Move as ‘Win-Win-Win,’ Says ‘It Was Just Time’ to Leave Celtics

June 25th, 2013 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »

The Boston Celtics finally addressed their trade of Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, with all three parties seeing the move as a positive, as Rivers was ready to move on.

Perhaps the highlight of the day was Rivers' introduction as Los Angeles' new head coach, where Rivers commented on the trade for the first time since the deal went down.

Among the standard gratitude toward his old team in which he mentioned his love for the tradition and the players in Boston, Rivers also stated that he was ready to leave:

It was just time. I really don't think it would be fair to get into all of that right now. I made a decision to talk with all of the Boston media following my press conference with the Clippers (on Wednesday), and I will honor that.

I'll explain it to everyone then. But to say I was dying to get out of Boston, dying to leave the Celtics is just wrong. That's not how it was. That's not how I felt.

While it may seem a bit crass to walk out on the Celtics, as the team is facing its first period of hardship since 2008, Celtics president Danny Ainge doesn't seem to harbor any ill will toward Riv ...

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