(By Baxie) It has always been my belief that nobody likes a quitter. But when you’re Doc Rivers–and you’ve coached the Boston Celtics for nearly 10 seasons–you can see how a guy might wonder what it must be like to do other things. Hell, I’ve been at Rock102 for the last 18 years–I’m constantly looking for a way out. Yet I stay, because the minimum wage is about to go up. And I don’t want to miss out on the increase in pay.
Over the last several days there have been reports that Doc Rivers is considering leaving the Boston Celtics in hopes of finding other things to do with the rest of his life. Some reports say that he’s going to stay. Other reports are saying that he’s going to go. In my opinion the man should stay. In fact, he would be a damn fool to leave and here’s why. In 2011, Doc River signed a five year contract extension worth an estimated $35 million. That’s an average salary of about $7 million per year. Divide that by 82 games in a regular season and Doc Rivers is making $86,365 per game. Not to make this all about money…but for me, this is all about the money. That’s not to say that I’m greedy. I’m just merely stating that I can be bought. If somebody were to pay me $7 million a year to work for just 82 days a year–then I would find it rather difficult to say, “You know, I think I want to try other things!”
If I were making $7 million a year, the only thing that I would want to do differently would be to not think about leaving my $7million/year job. I would hold onto that sucker until they needed to bring in the Jaws of Life to pull me out of there. You see folks; $7 million is a lot of money. And that kind of money can make you forget about how much something sucks. Sure perhaps Doc Rivers wants new challenges. Perhaps he’s ready for a change. I, on the other hand, would not be. That’s because I have loyalty to my team and a commitment to my various creditors. I would not be walking away from a job like that…ever. I certainly hope that Doc Rivers can make the same commitment.