I'd say yes, absolutely Glenn Doc Rivers is a great coach. Here's why:
1. One Banner and One Finals appearance since 07-08.
2. Other "Probable" Finals appearances and Banner
opportunities were thwarted by none other than injuries
(Perk, KG, Rondo)....
3. If we remember to just last summer - Doc Rivers was
heavily rumored to be a candidate to coach the US Men's
Olympic team in the future - along with Greg Popovich -
another Great coach.
4. Someone name me another coach or team that has had to
deal with the revolving door of personalities...egos...
talents...that have come through BOS over the years:
Marbury (08-09). The Blog, if I remember, almost
imploded at mention of Stephon Marbury in Green. It
happened, and the man performed admirably...even doing
exactly what Doc said he would do "Marbury will help us
win a game in the post-season (and he did just that).
No other team would touch him, but he did well in BOS.
Shaq. Doc got the last bit of good health out of the Big
Shamrock right before the Big Fella just couldn't play
anymore - and BOS looked unbeatable with Shaq....and Doc
made it work.
Not to mention a constantly changing bench (PJ Brown, Posey, TA, Big Baby, JO, Sheed, Nate, etc, etc...
Doc's dealt with it all, and at the same time has kept BOS
as a contender for the last few years. Plus, he's done an OUTSTANDING job monitoring our older player's minutes (KG, especially).
For these and other reasons I'm sure have been mentioned here already, Glenn Doc Rivers is a Great Coach.
Only thing on that list that stands out is one championship and another finals appearance. Something spoelstra has done in his first two years since his big 3 formed. Doc is overrated. Most coaches in the league could have won with the 07-08 team. He doesn't get the best out of his players, his rotations blow, he relies too heavily on the vets, he thought playing terry like he was ray allen was a great idea. He relies on pierce ISO to win every game that comes down to the last shot even tho it works like 20-30 percent of the time.
Sully and bass playing together was another doc rivers special, the last 3 years his teams have been extremely inconsistent, it took our best player to go down to start playing better *Something that should NEVER happen*. I could go on and on, doc is so overrated its hysterical. Nothing he has done has made me say to myself wow, doc is a GREAT COACH. Hes *good* at BEST and even that's pushing it in my opinion. Watching this guy coach sometimes i honestly think most of us on here would do better just by using common sense alone.
not to mention #2 on the list is something you have no clue about, #3 is JUST a rumor and nothing came to fruition (and probably won't coming up).
I think #4 is the a prime example of how we overrate Doc. No other coach has to coach diff personalities? there are coaches who have two completely different teams between seasons. get out.
and I was going to add to mine, I think Doc is good along with the likes of frickin Doug Collins, Mike Woodson, Frank Vogel.
my fav coach this year aside from Pop is Thibs. He's got a winning team without their star player with a bunch of guys you wouldn't expect things from. You expect big things from a KG and PP and I think with a Thibs we'd be a top 4 seed right now. With a Pop we'd be #1 seed with multiple championships.