Report: Doc Rivers may be ready to step down as Celtics head coach

06/12/2013 12:27 PM ET
By Michael Tanowitz
Is Doc Rivers truly ready to part ways with the Boston Celtics?

On Wednesday morning, ESPN reported that a league source told NBA insider Chris Broussard that Rivers feels that it “may be time for a change” in his status as the Celtics’ coach.

According to ESPN, the source further said that "Doc loves coaching" and "loves coaching in Boston, but he feels it may be time for a change."

Following the Celtics’ elimination from this season’s NBA Playoffs, Rivers had said that "I'm coming back until I say I'm not," but earlier in the week, Comcast Sportsnet New England reported that the head coach, who has three years remaining on his current contract, wouldn’t commit to a Celtics return “until he knows what type of team Danny Ainge, president of basketball operations, will give him to coach."

Rivers, who is a cousin of YES Network’s own Ken Singleton, was a 13-year NBA veteran as a player, and just completed his 14th as an NBA head coach. The 2000 NBA Coach of the Year while with Orlando, Rivers has spent the last nine seasons in Boston, leading the Celtics to their record 17th NBA title in 2008 and compiling a 416-305 mark.

The 51-year-old is 587-473 overall in his 14 seasons with the Celtics and Magic.

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