Rivers takes Celtics to '42' screening

Rivers takes Celtics to '42' screening
April 11, 2013, 11:00 am
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BOSTON —- The entire Celtics team showed up to the TD Garden on Monday, but not to play basketball.

In fact, it was baseball that was on the docket.

Coach Doc Rivers took the C's to see "42", a movie on the life story of Jackie Robinson set to his theaters on Friday.

"I told them we were going to practice at the Garden, and guys got pretty suspicious of that, so I had to tell them that night before that we were actually going to see a movie," Rivers said on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show on Thursday. "We got on the bus at the Garden, drove a couple blocks over, and went to a movie."

There's nothing worse than sitting down to a movie and having the biggest guy in the theater pick the seat right in front of you. You can imagine there would be a lot of people with that problem on Monday, but it was a private showing that the C's were in on.

"We got a good screening, and guys ate their popcorn. They were great. They enjoyed it," Rivers said. "I thought it was a really neat movie. I thought a lot of guys, you could just see their interest in it. So it was a really good day."

With just four games left in the regular season, and hopes for a long playoff run in the near future, Rivers is doing all he can to unite and build his team as much as possible on and off the court. We know he teaches the southern African "ubuntu" philosophy, which essentially means "I am who I am because of the people around me". He also knows that chemistry can come in many ways, not just on the practice court.

"I didn't think we should practice, number one, but I thought we should be together. I think this is a time of year where you really want your team together as much as possible, just with each other. I didn't know if it would be motivational, but I thought it would be a learning experience. Learning about Jackie Robinson and that whole era is educational, and I think that's good for our guys."

But while the team may have learned a thing or two about history, race, and even baseball, Rivers thinks the movie could help everyone understand the meaning of being better teammates.

"It's funny, I think they went to this movie thinking about that this was a movie about race, and I think they left this movie learning that this is a movie more about team, and being good teammates and learning how to be good teammates," he said. "One of the greatest lines of the movie for me, Jackie Robinson, I think [a member of the Dodgers] asked him, 'Why'd you fight for me?' and he just turned to him, 'Because you're my teammate'. And I just thought those things in that movie was great for our guys to see."