Celtics' Rivers disappointed in U.S. Ryder Cup collapse


Celtics' Rivers disappointed in U.S. Ryder Cup collapse

WALTHAM Like many, Doc Rivers had his eyes glued to the Ryder Cup on Sunday.

And like many, was disappointed at the U.S. collapse in the final round.

Europe beat the U.S. Team 14 12 to 13 12, erasing a 10-6 deficit by winning eight of the 12 singles matches on Sunday. It was an epic collapse by the U.S. team, and one that made Rivers contemplate fleeing the country.

"Yeah, I thought about it," Rivers joked. "I talked to a couple guys. Actually, Keegan Bradley and I texted back and forth today, so that was pretty cool. Unfortunately, Ian Poulter and I text back and forth today so that was not as cool."

Bradley, a Vermont native, has grown closer to Rivers over the years. A golf instructor of Bradley's is a friend of Rivers, so they know each other that way, and Bradley's 2011 PGA Championship win has turned him into somewhat of a celebrity around New England.

Poulter is no stranger to Ryder Cup success, and Rivers has every right to be particularly upset at the European due to his play over the weekend. Poulter went 4-0 in this year's matches, improving his overall Ryder Cup record to 12-3, despite having not yet won a PGA major.

"I have more pride and passion in winning the Ryder Cup than winning a major," Poulter said, according to the Daily Mail. "I would love to win one, win them all, don't get me wrong, and I've been close. But if I don't win another golf tournament, Sunday is going to go down as the highlight of my career."

Rivers said that Poulter "is an Orlando guy", and comes to Celtics games when he can, visiting the locker room at times.

"No longer invited," Rivers said.

Jimmy Butler reportedly headed to Timberwolves in trade

Jimmy Butler reportedly headed to Timberwolves in trade

Regardless of whether Celtics fans wanted to see Jimmy Butler come to Boston, they don’t have to worry about it anymore. 

ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report Chicago was nearing a deal with Minnesota, with the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson following up saying that a deal was agreed upon in principle.

The 30th pick in the 2011 draft, Butler had been linked to the Celtics in trade rumors in recent seasons. That can be put to bed for now. 

Celtics take Jayson Tatum at 3, could be closing in on Paul George trade

Celtics take Jayson Tatum at 3, could be closing in on Paul George trade

When all was said and done, the Celtics kept the third overall pick and selected Duke small forward Jayson Tatum. 

Tatum, who stands at 6-foot-8 and 204 pounds, averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his lone college season. 

Whether Tatum actually stays in Boston may not yet be certain, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported as the C’s were making the pick that the team has entered “serious talks” with the Pacers for Paul George. The veteran small forward can become a free agent after next season and is believed to be targeting the Lakers in free agency.

Wojnarowski clarified shortly after that an agreement had not yet been reached. 

As expected, the 76ers took Washington point guard Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and the Lakers took UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball second. The 76ers received the pick in a deal with Boston that was made official on Monday.