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8.29.2012

Doc Rivers: Two Seasons from Catching Tommy



I was telling Florida Celts Fan that I still get a kick out of the fact that Glenn "Doc" Rivers has become a fixture for the Boston Celtics.  Every season that the Celtics post 50 wins or more followed by a run deep into the playoffs, it becomes more likely that the lasting professional legacy of the former Atlanta Hawk and New York Knick will be as head coach of the Boston Celtics. Seeing Doc decked out in all green at the airport conjured up that feeling this time.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
3 Red Auerbachdagger 19501966 1192 910 450 .659 148 90 58 .608 9 Championships (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961,
1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
1964–65 NBA Coach of the Year
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[3]
[5]
5 Tom Heinsohn* 19691978 690 427 263 .619 80 47 33 .588 1972–73 NBA Coach of the Year
2 Championships (1974, 1976)
[8]
16 Doc Rivers 2004–present 574 336 238 .585 56 31 25 .554 1 Championship (2008) [19]
9 K. C. Jones 19831988 410 308 102 .751 102 56 37 .549 2 Championships (1984, 1986) [12]
8 Bill Fitch 19791983 328 242 86 .738 45 26 19 .578 1 Championship (1981)
1979–80 NBA Coach of the year
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[3]
[11]
11 Chris Ford 19901995 410 222 188 .541 29 13 16 .448
[14]
4 Bill Russell 19661969 (as player-coach) 245 162 83 .661 18 12 6 .667 2 Championships (1968, 1969) [7]
14 Jim O'Brien 20012004 258 139 119 .539 26 13 13 .500
[17]
13 Rick Pitino 19972001 248 102 146 .411
[16]
10 Jimmy Rodgers 19881990 164 94 70 .573 8 2 6 .250
[13]
12 M. L. Carr* 19951997 164 48 116 .293
[15]
2 Alvin Julian*dagger 19481950 128 47 81 .367
[4]
1 John Russell* 19461948 108 42 66 .389 3 1 2 .333
[6]
7 Dave Cowens 1978–1979 (as player-coach) 68 27 41 .397
[10]
6 Tom Sanders* 1978 62 23 39 .371
[9]
15 John Carroll* 2004 36 14 22 .389 4 0 4 .000
[18]

2 comments:

FLCeltsFan said...

Very interesting. It's conceivable that Doc could catch Tommy in championships too if Rondo's prediction of at least 2 more in the near future pans out.

Let's not leave out Doc's 2 years as a Spur also. But Doc is a Celtic no matter where he played and it is a bit ironic after all those heated battles between Celtics and Hawks in his playing days that he'd be most remembered as a Celtic. Pretty cool though.

Lex said...

Ah, i forgot about his days in sa

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