Over at the Boston Herald, Steve Bulpett sat down with Doc Rivers. The Boston Celtics’ former head coach reflected on his relationship with Boston— the city, the Celtics, the way the two fused—, the future in Los Angeles, including his role as Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations. In conclusion, he’s “always going to be a Celtic.” (H/T Ball Don’t Lie.)
It was a long way from that Nov. 6, 2004, victory [Doc’s first win as the head coach of the Celtics] to the 2008 championship, and it is more than just the 2,600-odd miles from the glory group in Boston to the crew of Clippers finishing Monday’s workout one floor down out Rivers’ window. Even when Chris Paul (separated shoulder) and J.J. Redick (fractured hand) return to the floor with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, there is much to be done.
“It’s so different,” said Rivers. “The team I had in Boston with Paul, Kevin and Ray, they were veterans. They knew already. The challenge here is you’ve got to show them almost everything. Blake can play, and so can Chris. But their journey now is how soon are they ready to win. They’re both very competitive, but it’s a completely different journey — which takes me on a different journey, which is good. It’s a whole different challenge. It is fun in some ways, because every time something works or you can see your team buying into something, it just feels so good.