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Longtime college basketball coach Rick Majerus was remembered by many people Saturday night when news broke of the coach’s death.
But few were as somber as Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who actually became Doc Rivers the day he met Majerus.
“That’s a tough one for me,” Rivers said when addressing reporters before the Celtics’ loss to the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Rivers and Majerus had a special connection that dated back to when Rivers first arrived at a Marquette summer camp years ago. Rivers, whose real first name is Glenn, arrived wearing a “Dr. J” T-shirt honoring Julius Erving. Majerus, who was known throughout his life for his camaraderie with players and his tendency to give memorable quotes, called the kid “Doc.”
“I mean, he’s the one who gave me my name,” Rivers said Saturday night as he fought back tears, according to ESPN.
Majerus died of heart failure after dealing with several health complications in recent months. He was 64.
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It wasn’t exactly Larry Bird calling his teammates a “bunch of sissies” but Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers got the response he was looking for when he called out his team after Wednesday night’s loss to the Nets. The Celtics delivered a resounding 96-78 win over the Portland Trailblazers last night at the [...]
Boston hasn’t quite meshed the way they’ve wanted to. The talent is there and they’ve got youth on the bench now, but somehow, it isn’t flowing yet.
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers says the NBA's fine against San Antonio was ''probably overdone'' after the Spurs kept four of their top players out of a game.
Commissioner David Stern announced the $250,000 penalty on Friday.
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Doc Rivers was moved to tears by the death of his former Marquette coach, Rick Majerus.
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David Stern fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 for sitting their star players during a nationally televised game with the Miami Heat on Sunday night. Celtics coach Doc Rivers responded to the fine by saying it "was probably overdone" and he doesn't plan on forcing his players to get on the court when they need rest for fear of a fine.
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Doc Rivers reportedly sat down with guard Courtney Lee last week to encourage Lee to do what he was brought to Boston to do: score.
#Celtics guard Courtney Lee said he had sitdown with Doc Rivers last week, that coach told him to be as aggressive on offense as he is on D.
— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) December 3, 2012
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Kevin Garnett, Doc Rivers, and Paul Pierce meet the press following the Celtics big win vs the Blazers.
Videos courtesy of Chris Forsberg and Mike Petraglia.
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ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg reports from Celtics practice in Waltham today:
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