We cannot bring ourselves to say this is a tough time for Glenn “Doc” Rivers. With all due respect to the conflicted coach, it is nigh impossible to gather violins when he’s deciding between more millions and fewer millions as average middle-class wages shrink. And he hasn’t asked for the string section.

The socially responsible side of Rivers has a fair grasp of perspective and proportion, which is probably why he’s tried to maintain such a low profile lately. Besides, drama aside, the odds still strongly favor his return.

He no doubt had a conversation about his future with Danny Ainge during what he expected to be a brief visit to town this weekend, and there has yet been no puff of green smoke from the practice facility in Waltham to indicate whether Rivers will stay on or abdicate his throne on the Celtics bench.

There are those close to him who say he’s wrestled with divergent emotions these last few weeks.

Part of him would like to get away from the grind. Part of him would like to keep his word to see the Celtics through the rebuilding phase. Both divisions of Doc must also be aware that he will open himself to criticism should he fail to stick around when the bright lights no longer shine on the operation.

Rivers had a 273-312 record before Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen arrived to make the Celtics whole, and there is no telling how, coming off a 41-40 season, things will look here even if Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett stay — and would they want to without Doc?

But such numerical details are not something with which Rivers should concern himself. A bad year or three while taking one for the team will not diminish his standing around the league. Even if he goes below .500 with kids, he will still be looked upon as a coaching closer for a team ready to win.