In our countdown of the Celtics  10 most important offseason developments , we gave the top spot to Doc Rivers ‘ decision to return to the bench. Paul Pierce  backed that up at media day Monday
“I think the most important thing was Doc coming back,” Pierce said. “That was huge. It would have been a tougher decision on me truthfully. It would have been a domino effect. If you had seen Doc leave, I honestly believe that we probably wouldn’t have re-signed Ray [Allen ]. We probably wouldn’t have went after Shaq, re-signed Nate [Robinson ]. We probably would have seen rebuilding here”
Pierce also acknowledged that he wouldn’t have wanted to be involved with another rebuilding effort at this point in his career.