Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/1/13
Doc Rivers has always stuck up for fellow members of the coaching community. He’s also a Chicago native. So it was doubly hard for him on Monday when he heard that longtime Bears coach Lovie Smith had been sacked. Despite an 81-63 record in nine years in Chicago, and a win in the final game of the season, Smith was sent packing Monday. The Bears failed to make the playoffs when the Packers lost to the Vikings on Sunday afternoon, eliminating Chicago from playoff contention despite the team’s 10-6 record. “I am really disappointed,” Rivers said at Celtics practice on Tuesday. “The way I look at it, when somebody gets fired, it shouldn’t be because somebody else lost. You think about it, if the Packers had beat the Vikings, then Lovie keeps his job. That makes no sense to me. It’s amazing.” Rivers wasn’t the only person with that reasoning this week. Former Bears coach Mike Ditka was also pretty irked with the move, considering Smith would likely still have his job if Chicago had snuck into the playoffs. Rivers chalked up the firing to being another one of those things that just happen in pro sports. “I think he’s been a very, very, very good coach,” Rivers said. “Over his tenure, I think he has the fourth best record in the NFL. Listen, it’s our jobs, and we all know that’s how you leave most of the time.” Smith, like Rivers, is known as a defensive-minded coach. But the two may have other similarities soon. After Rivers was fired from the Magic after five seasons, he led the Celtics — his second team — to a championship. Smith has only ever known the Bears. But his second team may give him a chance to get to where Chicago could never take him.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chris Paul nutmegs Milos Teodosic with slick dribbles

Carmelo Anthony is ‘done with the refs’ after Russell Westbrook’s ejection

Warriors stuck without hot water in locker room after beating Cavs

Magic rookie invited teammates to his first sermon, but none showed up

Magic could be sellers, Mirotic eligible to be traded, Jabari Parker closer to return

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brewers' Nelson rehabbing 'ahead of schedule', Cardinals' Molina retiring after '20?

Broncos considering WR options, Seahawks on Schottenheimer skeptics

Spagnuolo could stay with Giants, Dallas and Cincy swap assistants

Dave Joerger plans to sit veterans, go younger

Chris Paul receives tribute video in return vs Clippers

Russell Westbrook ejected from game for arguing with official

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

Top takeaways from the NFL Divisional round

Sports & Politics Intersect: After all the bluster, college football sticks to sports

2018 NFL Mock Draft

Who stands to benefit the most from the slow MLB offseason?

Sabres look to be biggest sellers ahead of NHL trade deadline

Top impact MLB free agents still looking for work

Is Andrew Wiggins finally turning the corner?

Jayson Tatum is making a living in the clutch

The 'Home field disadvantage' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bruins, Flames, Jets are taking flight

Bears News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

Sports & Politics Intersect: After all the bluster, college football sticks to sports

The 'Home field disadvantage' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bruins, Flames, Jets are taking flight

Sabres look to be biggest sellers ahead of NHL trade deadline

The 'How much ya bench?' quiz

Who stands to benefit the most from the slow MLB offseason?

Jayson Tatum is making a living in the clutch

The 'Quite the catch' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker