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If you watched Doc Rivers' press conference after the Celtics were defeated in Game 6 of their first-round series against the New York Knicks, he was very non-committal when asked whether he would return for the 2013-14 campaign.
Of course, this isn't the first time Rivers' future was rather cloudy, as it almost seems like he takes it year by year. Still, this seemed a bit different than other seasons.
I truly think that Doc is getting tired and that next year could be his last. At least for a while, anyway.
Assuming that Pierce and Garnett do take the floor as Celtics, it's difficult to envision Rivers not coming back next fall. If those two are in the fold, he will be, as well.
However, Doc certainly knows that this era is almost definitely not going to last beyond 2014, and the question is, does he want to take part in a rebuild?
Rivers has been through plenty of campaigns as a head coach, so the game of basketball has to be taking its toll on him. You can only do something that stressful for so long before you finally say you've had enough.
That's why the 2013-14 season could very well be Doc's last in Boston, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he announces it as sort of a rallying cry for his team.