Originally posted on Boston Sports Media Watch  |  Last updated 5/16/12
They are both among the longest-tenured head coaches in their respective leagues. They have both won conference and league championships. They both seemingly manage to get more out of their teams than the roster talent would indicate. But when it comes to dealing with the media, Bill Belichick and Doc Rivers could not be more different. Or are they more alike than a surface examination would show? Doc Rivers was recently named the recipient of the Rudy Tomjanovich Award – a honor given from the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the head coach considered the most accessible to the media. Bill Belichick is never in danger of being awarded the Horrigan Award from the Professional Football Writers of America, which goes “to the person whose qualities and professional style helped the media best do its job last season.” Guess who won last year? (Professional style? Ha.) (As an aside, how ridiculous is it that these awards exist in the first place? It seems a little self-important
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