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With the Celtics facing a myriad of injuries, coach Doc Rivers has decided to make a shocking return to the NBA, 13 years after he retired from playing basketball in 1996. Danny Ainge signed Doc to a 10-day contract Wednesday morning to give the team an extra player in case of injury.
“Looking through the free agent pool, I saw that no one would know our complex system in a short amount of time. No one knows our system better than Doc, so I figured the decision was easy. I feel that Doc brings a veteran presence on the court that no one available could provide,” said Danny Ainge (paraphrased).
Doc Rivers, 47, played for four teams during his 13-year NBA career. He has coached the Celtics since the 2004-05 season, but has never played a game for the NBA’s most storied franchise.
Reaction: I know the Celtics are desperate for warm bodies, but this seems a little ridiculous. How can a 47-year-old point guard help a team desperate for big men? I certainly trust Danny Ainge’s judgement and will not question any of his moves usually, but this is puzzling.
Hopefully, Doc on the court can help a team destroyed by injuries to Kevin Garnett, Tony Allen, Leon Powe, and Brian Scalabrine.
APRIL FOOLS!!! (obviously)