Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  16 responses

Doc Rivers to Coach Eastern Conference All-Stars

Rivers will need to re-schedule his plans for All-Star weekend, as last night’s win will force him to work instead of spending time with the fam. From the Boston Globe: “He had other plans on All-Star Weekend. One of his sons has a district tournament. But by beating the Kings, the Celtics guaranteed that Rivers would head to Los Angeles for the All-Star Game on Feb. 20. Down 9 at halftime, though, the his team had Rivers sweating. ‘We had his blood pressure up tonight,’ Garnett said. ‘Sometimes he needs that. In all seriousness. I’m happy for him, happy for his staff. We see the countless hours they always put in. We’re not always liking the preparation for it, but we know a lot goes into our gameplan and it starts with those guys, him and his staff.’”

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  • fizzrocket

    Very well-deserved, he’s by far been the best coach in the East.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Congratulations Doc……your boys earned it.

  • MikeC.

    Funny how having great talent makes coaches “good”. I remember when everyone was screaming for Doc to be canned. Of course, that was when he was coaching a roster of “injured for tanking purposes” Paul Pierce, Big Al and a bunch of scrubs. A couple trades later and Doc is now a great coach.

  • robb

    ^^^^yeah, sometimes it takes one single talented player, like when Mike Brown was coach of the year thanks to Lebron James.

  • bashmo

    Well you can’t deny he has done an incredible job coaching the celtics from the minute he acquired KG, Allen, etc. Look at the counntless number of plays he’s developed for Ray, Pierce and Garnett. Not to mention he is probably the best Coach when it comes to developing a last second play to win/tie the ball game. He utilizes his pieces better than any coach today, thats for sure. On top of all that, you can argue that the Celtics would have won all 3 of the last chips had they been healthy. Thats been his only concern, their health. Finally to put up with all those egos/personalities in the locker room and make it all come together on the court… fascinating work by Doc.

  • riggs

    screw that, the man has been a great coach and the only reason why people wanted him fired was because the coach is always the first to go in a losing season duh. This man draws up great plays and his philosophy in coaching is a great one. Everyone thought thib’s was the main reason for the C’s defense but doc had a part in it as well (Which is why theyre still great at it).

  • ClydeSays

    Congrats Doc! I love watching his plays out of time outs.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Doc Rivers is my favorite NBA coach. I’m not saying he’s the best, but he’s my favorite. He relates to his players so well. I’m glad Thibs worked under him those three years.
    Also, I find it kind of funny that no one said anything about KG saying “we’re not always liking the preparation for it” when it’s basically just a less whiny version of Bosh’s “sometimes we just wanna chill” statement that he got absolutely lit up for.

  • riggs

    “less whiny version” is exactly why KG didnt get lit up for it.

  • MikeC.

    @Enigmatic – Main difference is that KG said they don’t always like putting in the work, but I’ve never heard of KG asking to practice less or take days off. Which, ironically, is probably why he’s starting to break down.

  • vtrobot

    @ MikeC.: Besides his big mistake of having great talent, I’d be interested to hear why Doc isn’t a good coach.

  • Airnest

    Now, Doc should let all the East Starters play for 47 minutes, and the rest of the players for a minute.

  • ripslam

    @MikeC: Gotta be kidding. He’s had to manage minutes between all of his bench players, guide the team through countless injuries, and they’re still quite a bit ahead of Miami for #1 in the East. Doc is a great coach. You can’t say otherwise if you haven’t actually watched some Celtics games.

  • b_d

    Doc Rivers is overrated, He wasn’t a good coach when he didn’t have KG or Ray Allen, even Celtic fans know that.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    has anyone considered the possibility that he’s gotten better as a coach since the pre-garnett and allen era? besides, those were some bad teams, not many coaches could’ve done much with those rosters. if you deny that doc is a great coach right now, you just don’t know what you’re talking about. just look at how he manages injuries and egos, the plays he comes up with out of timeouts, the way he’s able to get every last drop out of everybody. look at game 4 of the 2008 finals when the celtics came back from 24. that just does not happen without a great coach.

  • vtrobot

    i’m surprised that he couldn’t ride jiri welch to a championship.