Best Potential Replacements for Doc Rivers If He Bolts Boston Celtics

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Best Potential Replacements for Doc Rivers If He Bolts Boston Celtics
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If the Boston Celtics and Doc Rivers part ways over the next few days, with both sides getting what they want from the breakup, the team will have an important question hanging over its head: Who's the Celtics' next head coach?

Replacing someone whose nine season tenure was wildly successful is nearly impossible. What the Celtics need to do is pick someone who matches up nicely with the team's adjusted expectations and renovated roster.

Big-name retreads, even ones that are otherwise fantastic such as George Karl, shouldn't be on Boston's radar. Their dream candidate should be young, forward-thinking and able to grow from the ground up in a tough process that will have more downs than ups at first. 

Here are five coaching options, ranked in order of how well they fit in with where Boston is right now and where the Celtics are headed. 

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