BOSTON — When Doc Rivers was the Celtics coach, Danny Ainge didn't hesitate to talk to him about deals he was contemplating.
Still, when it came time to pull the trigger, Rivers knew that would be Ainge's call.
So, as much as Rivers now finds himself coaching a team that's better than the one he left in Boston, the power he has in the Clippers organization is just as important.
Shortly after he was hired, he went about shaping the roster as it stands now with key additions such as J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley and most recently - as in this week - Stephen Jackson.
Rivers makes no secret about enjoying the opportunity he has in Los Angeles to have a voice in the decisions being made both on the floor and in the shaping of the roster.
"It's nice," Rivers said. "It's not like I didn't have one here. I just wasn't the voice. I couldn't do what I wanted to do, anytime I wanted to do."
He has that opportunity now as the executive vice-president of basketball operations in addition to being the team's coach.
But Rivers was clear in making sure that his relationship with Danny Ainge was a good one during his nine seasons in Boston, one where both sides admitted to having their share of disagreements but never did it grow to a point where it was divisive.
"We had a hell of a relationship," Rivers said. "As far as I'm concerned, a model relationship as far as a coach and GM. I don't know if there's a better duo as far as getting along in the league."