Im a day late on the Doc RiversRay Allen stuff, but want to make two quick points.
"People can use all the Rondo stuff and it was there, no doubt about that but it was me more than Rondo," Rivers told Adrian Wojnarowski. "I'm the guy who gave Rondo the ball. I'm the guy who decided that Rondo needed to be more of the leader of the team. That doesn't mean guys liked that and Ray did not love that because Rondo now had the ball all the time."
Point 1: I realize that Docs trying to take the blame here, but in reality, he only deserves credit.
Not for running Ray out of town, but for doing the right thing. For having the ability to take emotion out of an important decision and do whats best for the team.
What more can you ask for in a coach?
It's that mentality which has made the Patriots so successful over the last decade; its the lack of that mentality which has recently doomed the Sox. And it feels good to know that the Celtics boss can make that distinction. It's an important level of trust for a coach to have with his team and his fan base. Last season, Doc earned it.
Point 2: Its for that reason that I still dont think it will be a problem if Doc ever coaches Austin. I know there are a lot of people out there who, from Day 1, have contended that teaming up Doc and his son would be an unmitigated disaster; that there's no way Rivers could do it with an unbiased eye and avoid stirring up unholy animosity in the locker room.
But I disagree. I think he has too much respect for his job, his employers, his fans and most importantly, his players to ever breach that kind of trust. That's what makes Doc Rivers Doc Rivers.
And that's one of many reasons the Celtics are so lucky to have him.
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WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- It was the last day of school for some band students at Ohrenberger School, many of whom were packed inside the gym eagerly awaiting the four newest members of the Boston Celtics basketball family.
As eager as the students were to finish off the school year, for the Celtics rookies Wednesday’s appearance to unveil the school’s revamped “Music Zone” was just the beginning of their time with the Celtics.
Getting into the community has become an annual rite of passage for incoming Celtic rookies, with Wednesday’s event being part of the seventh annual Players’ Choice Grant.
The four-pack of Celts was headlined by Jayson Tatum, who was selected by Boston with the third overall pick. Joining him were second-round picks Semi Ojeleye, Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird.
“Working with the kids is always fun,” Tatum said.
The charitable arm of the Celtics, the Shamrock Foundation, provided a $50,000 grant to a charity that was chosen by the players from the 2016-17 season.
Players were greeted by a gym full of middle schoolers who conducted a question-and-answer session with the players, with some students coming away with a basketball signed by all the players.
“I really enjoyed getting to know the fans, the kids,” said Jabari Bird, who was drafted by the Celtics with the 57th overall pick out of Cal.
The “Music Zone” received 17 new MacBooks which contained musical software, with several instruments, a portable stage and additional furniture.
With the Celtics clearing the way to make a run at big names such as Paul George and Gordon Hayward, there will inevitably be salary-cap casualties.
But we'll always have Game 7 against the Wizards, Kelly Olynyk.
Olynyk, 26, averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and will forever be remembered for his astonishing 10-for-14 shooting performance off the bench when he scored 26 points in the second-round series clincher over Washington at TD Garden.
After four seasons in Boston, the 7-footer and former first-round pick from Gonzaga is currently a restricted free agent and would surely turn down a Celtics' qualifying offer of a little more than $4 million. Until the C's renounce his rights, he counts for $7.7 million against the cap.
That's money the Boston will need in its pursuit of George and Hayward. So, it's so long, Kelly O.