Doc Rivers, coach of the Boston Celtics and friend of the coach of the New England Patriots, took in the Monday night game against the once-feared Houston Texans.
Rivers was given the keys to the Belichick special box and also had an inside view of the game preparation by his fellow champion. Rivers was duly impressed at the team execution of what the coach requested.
Rivers explained how much he learned from attending Patriot games. That may be why Belichick once asked Doc to lecture the football team on spirit and cohesion.
When asked, Rivers unabashedly said that Rajon Rondo was the Celtics version of Tom Brady, equating a quarterback with a point guard for long passes. Whether he meant any additional connections was best left unsaid.
No one asked if the comparison came about because the Celtics star, Rajon Rondo, had come to the game with Doc.
No one had to ask Rondo if he thought of himself as the equivalent of Brady. Rondo, circumspect as always, kept his opinions close to the vest. He wore a Wes Welker jersey. Enough said.
Rivers continued to point out how agog he was at the relationship between Brady and Belichick. Only one other coach/star constellation occurred to Doc, and—no, it was not Rondo and himself.
In fact, Rivers thought in terms of rapport he was more in tune with Kevin Garnett in personal terms.
Rivers was also a tad envious that Bill Belichick had only to prepare for one game per week, as opposed to the Celtics coach’s four or five games in a week. He must have also been impressed to see players that did exactly what the coach ordered.