BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers pledged to take some time to determine his future after his team's 2012-13 season ended with an 88-80 loss to the New York Knicks in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference first-round series on Friday night at TD Garden.
Rivers inked a five-year, $35 million extension in May 2011. While he promised, at the time, to be ready for whatever the future held, he said Friday he'll decompress a bit first before making a final decision on coaching next season.
"I don’t know that right now," Rivers said when asked if he was definitely coming back for the 2013-14 campaign. "I can’t make that decision now. I’m under contract and we’ll see. Honestly, I just can’t even think about that right now. So I don’t know.”
Rivers said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is well aware of his need for a little time before making a firm decision.
"I do every year," said Rivers. "It’s not anything. I’m not leaning that way of not coming back, I can tell you that. If I told you right now, I’m coming back, but like I just said, I immerse myself and I need to just detox, and we’ll find that out.”
Rivers added: "Danny (Ainge) knows me pretty well. I immerse myself. That’s the only way I can do it, probably to a fault. Pretty much unlivable, during the year. So I don’t know. I mean, Danny knows he gives me at least a week to do just whatever I do. And I don’t know what I do, sit and watch cartoons or something, then we’ll talk about it. But Danny has already worked on stuff; he knows never to show me. I don’t want to hear it, I don’t want to see it, I don’t want to know anything. We’ll figure it all out, and we’ll see.”