Losing a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals is tough, but what the Celtics' Doc Rivers has to do next season will be all the more difficult.
Boston's organization has made a bold statement this offseason by bringing back Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass as well as agreeing to terms with Jason Terry. It is clear these Celtics want to compete for an NBA championship now.
Not only do the Celtics add these talents, but they also had themselves two strong first-round draft picks in Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. Add in the fact that Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo are still under contract, and there is no question this team has championship potential.
However, it will be anything but a walk in the park for Rivers and his Beantown talents. In fact, this is easily the most challenging season of Rivers' coaching career. The expectations are set as high as they have been for him in Boston with this especially talented roster.
These are the reasons why Rivers is set to face the most difficult season of his coaching career.