By A. Sherrod Blakely
BOSTON The Boston Celtics announced Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers underwent successful surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat.
According to the Celtics, doctors informed Rivers he is cancer-free.
Rivers underwent a biopsy in October to determine if lesions found on his throat at the time were cancerous. According to Rivers at the time, tests at that time came back negative.
"I'm doing great," Rivers said following Tuesday's surgery. "Thank you to everyone checking in on me. I can't talk for two weeks which I'm sure my players and family extremely happy."
At the time of his biopsy in October, Rivers said he was encouraged by former Celtics coach Jim O'Brien to have vocal cords examined annually.
"I'm glad I did it," Rivers said.
Doctors found a spot on Rivers' vocal cords in October, which prompted Rivers to have additional tests performed that revealed the growth was non-cancerous.
After his most recent surgery, Rivers was once again encouraging all coaches to have their vocal cords examined.
"We put a lot of stress on our vocal cords during the course of a season," Rivers said.
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Mike Giardi reports that there are some people in Paul George's camp that think the Boston Celtics would be a great fit, both short and long-term.
We knew back on the night of the draft that as the Cavaliers desperately looked for a way to pry Paul George out of Indiana, they started involving third teams in the talks (because Indy had no interest in Kevin Love for Paul George straight up, not should they). Phoenix was involved, but that fizzled. So did talks involving Denver.
But those latter ones didn’t die the night of the draft, according to reports that came out over the weekend. Denver, Cleveland, and Indiana were still talking about a three-team deal that would land Love in Denver and George in Cleveland. The challenge for Cleveland was finding the combination of young players and draft picks that Indiana wants in a deal — Indy is rumored to want a lottery pick (preferably high lottery) and a young player or players.
Now that Denver three-team is “very unlikely” to happen, according to Joe Varden of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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