Cheers greet Doc in Garden return

Cheers greet Doc in Garden return
December 11, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Doc Rivers gets a rousing ovation as he takes the Garden floor on Wednesday night.

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Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers was greeted with a standing ovation Wednesday night as he took the TD Garden floor for the first time as coach of the Clippers.

Rivers was also greeted with hearty applause during team introductions and he wiped away a tear as he acknowledged the crowd. A video tribute to Rivers was played on the Jumbotron at the end of the first quarter.

Rivers coached the Celtics to their 17th NBA title in 2008 and to an NBA Finals appearance in 2010 in his nine years as Celtics coach.

There was plenty of speculation as to how Rivers would be greeted after his somewhat controversial exit from Boston this past summer. He had made it clear he didn't want to remain coach through a rebuilding phase in Boston after Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

After drawn-out negotiations, the Clippers parted with a future first-round pick in order to allow Rivers to get out of the remaining years on his contract in Boston.

It was Rivers' first appearance in Boston as an opposing coach since he coached the Orlando Magic in 2003.