Don't do it, Doc.
Don't be like Urban Meyer.
Don't bail out on the Boston Celtics like Meyer bailed out on the Florida Gators.
And right now, Doc, that sure is what it looks like from the outside looking in.
Sadly, it appears Doc Rivers wants out of Boston now that the organization's "Big Three" have aged and splintered, and the championship window is slammed shut. Sort of like how Meyer wanted out of Florida after Tim Tebow left and the Gators were relegated to the status of Nick Saban's favorite foot-wipe.
The only apparent difference is Doc never said he wanted to spend more time with Urban's family.
Actually, there's another huge difference: It was really no big surprise when Meyer, one of college football coaching's resident rogues, bolted Florida and landed at Ohio State just a few months later. But we never expected Rivers, one of the most beloved coaches in all of sports, to be connected to such behind-the-scenes shenanigans.
Which is probably why Doc, the former Magic coach and respected Orlando resident, hasn't been hammered more for apparently trying to orchestrate a deal that would get him out of his multi-year contract with the sinking Celtics and land him as the new coach of the young, contending L.A. Clippers. Let's face it, if Doc weren't such a good guy and a media darling, he'd be getting barbecued like a Boston butt roast right now.
Especially now that the Clippers apparently have nixed Doc's best-laid plans and walked away from a deal that would have sent Doc and Kevin Garnett to L.A. in exchange for DeAndre Jordan, a couple of first-round draft picks and the all-important cap flexibility that rebuilding teams so desperately need. It's going to be difficult and awkward now for Doc to go back to Boston and coach the Celtics when the players know he doesn't really want to be there.
Don't do it, Doc.