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Doc Rivers says Celtics hold the perfect rebuild blueprint

Doc Rivers

L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers still has a lot of love for his former team, the Boston Celtics. In a recent interview, Rivers had nothing but good things to say about the C’s, and how they have successfully rebuilt their club into a championship-contending team.

Speaking to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Rivers shared his thoughts on the matter and threw praise towards the direction of the entire Boston franchise.

“That’s Danny (Ainge) and Brad (Stevens) and those guys — and, I mean, obviously the players, too,” said Rivers. “But they’ve done it as well as it’s ever been done, because all these other teams, including us now, everybody has a plan, but the plan has to work. And if it doesn’t work, then you have to start over again with another plan. And Danny and them have been able to run their plan.

Rivers spent nine seasons with the Celtics between 2004 and 2013. The highlight of his stint was in 2008 when he led the Celtics to its first NBA title in over twenty years. They were never able to replicate the success of that season, and in 2013, he finally called it quits. He jumped ship and headed to the Brooklyn Nets along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

Brad Stevens took over the reigns in the wake of Rivers’ departure, and at that point, the Celtics were in full rebuild mode. After five years, Stevens and general manager Danny Ainge have effectively assembled a formidable team that will be challenging for a title for years to come.