What’s Brewing: We will soon have our answer as to Doc Rivers’ fate: Will he coach the Celtics? Will he lead the Clippers? Will he ride off to the broadcast booth? In two of those three scenarios, the Boston Celtics will have a coaching vacancy for Danny Ainge to address. There are several candidates to choose from, most notably Vinny Del Negro, Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw. So, what will Ainge do if there is no Doc on the sideline next season? It’s likely way too early to forecast, unless you’re Celtics Insider and have inside access to help filter through the candidates.
Inside Scoop: A Celtics Insider source with working knowledge of all candidates feels that Brian Shaw would have the inside track on replacing Doc Rivers. This source, however, isn’t speaking from inside the Celtics organization or from anyone connected directly to Danny Ainge. This source, however, does have access to Shaw’s camp, and the feeling there is that Shaw would get a long look and very strong consideration from Ainge if he is to replace Rivers.
Insider’s Take: I like Shaw and think he has the potential to be a very good coach in this league. Is he in the same universe as Rivers? At this point, probably not – but then again, Rivers is one of the elite coaches in any professional sport. Shaw, however, would be the ideal candidate to take on the challenge of rebuilding the Boston Celtics. He’s young, and this would be his first head coaching gig. He’d welcome the challenge, and he’s got very good communication skills – which is one of the things that makes Rivers so effective on the bench. So, if our inside source is correct, then I’m all good with Shaw stepping in and coaching the Celtics. He’d be coming full circle, getting his first head coaching gig at the same place he got his first start as a player.