Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca joined The Big Show and touched on a number of subjects, including Kevin Garnet, Ray Allen's longevity and whether they'd like to keep Kendrick Perkins. They were also asked about the future of coach Doc Rivers, who is in the final year of his contract.
"We're thrilled that Doc's the coach," Grousbeck said. "We'd like Doc to keep coaching. He seems very happy here and we go year-to-year. That's what Doc has asked for. There's a reason we won that championship, many [reasons], but one of the biggest reasons is that Doc is the coach."
On Garnett, Pagliuca said, "He's an intense player and you can't change that. Every teammate he's had in Minnesota and here, every teammate he's had, they love him. He's somebody you love when he's on your team and he's a real problem if you're playing against him because he brings that intensity every night."
The owners wouldn't get into specifics on the details of an extension for Perkins, who recently told reporters that he turned down a four-year offer believed to be worth around $23 million. "We don't talk about contracts, but Danny would love to have Kendrick Perkins back here and we'd love to make him a Celtic for sure," Pagliuca said "There's some restrictions. We're only allowed to offer him a certain amount under league rules." Under the current collective bargaining agreement the Celtics would be able to sign Perkins to a much larger deal when he reaches free agency after this season.
On Allen, who will try to break Reggie Miller's NBA record for most 3-pointers, Pagliuca said that team president Danny Ainge made a comparison between the two. "Danny — early on studying Ray — said he was like Reggie Miller. He doesn't seem to get hit a lot, great body, unbelievable work ethic. Great shooters can last a long time. Ray's having one of his best years ever, so it's fantastic for us."
Pagliuca also said that he wouldn't run for poltical office agin.
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