Doc Rivers was a part of one of the most incredible sports runs that Boston has ever, and might ever, experience. Championships wins, championship losses, heartbreak, and triumph. Bill Belichick has always been known as a stone-wall, giving as little information as possible to the media. Terry Francona was fun-loving and managed a group of idiots in 2004, marking one of the best comebacks in sports history. Claude Julien was the quirky Canadian that looked like Alfred Hitchcock.
Fans always compared Rivers with Belichick, because they were opposites. Rivers was (and is) a gregarious straight-shooter. He managed the media with aplomb. Giving them information they wanted while not disrespecting his players.
Now, with Rivers in L.A. he is still outgoing and honest. Sadly, it's at his old city's expense. This week we said that the L.A. Lakers are the greatest franchise in sports history (some Europeans might wonder if Rivers is only speaking about this side of the Atlantic). He also spoke candidly about his desire to leave Boston once he realized that he could not go through another rebuild.
In an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski Rivers said, "The truth was this: I really didn't want to go through a rebuild. I've been through three – When I first got to Orlando, and then when Grant Hill went down again. And I had been through one in Boston. It's easy to say, 'Just do it,' but for a coach, it's brutal. Showing up, getting your ass kicked, it's brutal."
Clearly, Rivers' mother taught him that honesty is the best policy. The other part about this quote is that Rivers assumed this Celtics team would get their "ass kicked" even if he stuck around. It's been written on this site before, but it bares repeating. That says a lot about what Rivers thinks about Rondo, Jeff Green, and the future of the team. He had three years left on his contract meaning he did not see the light at the end of the tunnel.
It's hard to be mad at Rivers for his quotes, it's what fans always appreciated about him. He spoke his mind. Unfortunately now he's speaking his mind about Boston.
Once the season starts, and the Celtics get past their first meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers, Rivers will not have much to say about the Celtics. He'll surely continue his out-going honest press conferences. Boston fans liked it when he was here, they might have to deal with it this season as the Clippers succeed 3,000 miles away as the Celtics struggle through a rebuilding year.
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