Doc Rivers told the Globe minutes ago that he is returning to coach the Celtics.
Rivers, who is in San Antonio watching his son Austin play in the FIBA-Americas Under-18 Championships, said he wants another chance to win an NBA title
“I’m coming back,” he said in a text message. “I want another crack at it with this group.”
The consensus was that the longer Rivers waited on a decision, the more likely he was to stay and he told WEEI radio last week that the lure of leaving and watching his sons play basketball and daughter volleyball was tempered by the opportunity of coaching the Big Three for one more year.
“Doc is re-energized and enthusiastic about coming back to make another run at winning a championship with the Celtics,” said Celtics general manager Danny Ainge.
Rivers has one more year on his contract. Austin is a senior at Winter Park High School and considered one of the top players in the country. He scored 35 points in Tuesday’s 122-89 win over Canada, an American record, He canned nine 3-pointers.
Rivers is expected to get more time off this season to watch his children play.