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Rivers on NBA's new-look Competition Committee

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Rivers on NBA's new-look Competition Committee

PHILADELPHIA NBA coaches have longed to have more say in the rules governing the play of their respective teams.

Well, now they have it.

The NBA has revamped its Competition Committee in such way that coaches will now have a direct impact on the rules concerning play.

And among the coaches in that mix? Boston Celtics coaching czar, Doc Rivers.

The league announced on Wednesday that the Competition Committee, in its current form, will no longer exist.

In its place will be a 10-member committee that consists of two owners, four general managers, three coaches and a representative from the National Basketball Players Association.

Rivers is one of the three coaches on the committee, joined by former Celtic and current Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle, and Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins.

Others on the new Competition Committee include owners Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Joe Lacob (Golden State Warriors), a former part-owner of the Celtics; general managers Bryan Colangelo (Toronto Raptors); Mitch Kupchak (Los Angeles Lakers); Kevin O'Connor (Utah Jazz) and Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder), a Concord, Mass. native and Emerson College alum.

The Board decided that the inclusion of owners and head coaches on the Competition Committee would add valuable perspectives to discussions about our game and how it might be improved, Joel Litvin, NBA President of League Operations, said in a statement.

As is the case currently, if the Competition Committee votes in favor of changing a playing rule or any other competition-related matter, the recommendation will be brought to the Board of Governors for its consideration and vote. The newly formed Competition Committee will meet on a regular basis with its first meeting will take place during the Finals.

Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas

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Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas

Gordon Hayward wanted to go to Boston to play with Isaiah Thomas.

Of course, that's not going to happen. The Celtics traded Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a package for Kyrie Irving. Hayward explained what it was like for him to learn he and Thomas would not get the chance to hit the court together in Celtics' green.

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"My first reaction was to text I.T., and wish him the best," Hayward wrote in a blog post which he published Thursday. "That was a really strange moment because I’d really been looking forward to playing with him. He didn’t just help recruit me to Boston—he was a big piece of that recruitment. He had talked a lot about city and how it was different to be a Celtic. He talked about the intensity of playing in the Eastern Conference Finals, playing at the Garden in the playoffs, and how much fun it was, and how much fun he had playing in Boston.

"All of that ultimately helped win me over. And by the time of the trade, I had already started to build a little bit of a relationship with him.

"But that is just how the business works. I have spent enough years in the NBA to realize that things can change like that, in an instant. Still, even though we didn’t necessarily get to be teammates, I’m definitely going to be watching him as a fan. In this league, I think we are all rooting for each other in some way or another—just to try to stay healthy, to try to be the best we can be."

Hayward may be genuine about rooting for Thomas -- except perhaps when he faces off against the Cavaliers in the season-opener on Oct. 17 at Quicken Loans Arena. Thomas is uncertain to play due to a hip injury. But the two teams are expected to see each other in the Eastern Conference Finals again after the 2017-18 season. This preview will be an opportunity for Thomas and Irving to get their first shot at revenge against their previous team.

The trade wasn't all bad for Hayward, he explained. He was pleased at the prospect of playing with Irving. Hayward cited Irving's abilities in 1-on-1 situations and clutch moments. He appreciated Irving's scoring ability, because Hayward knows the point guard will open up space for Hayward to knock down open shots. Above all, Hayward seemed to value Irving's unique experience.

"And then getting a chance to play with LeBron James, and going to the Finals three straight years—those are experiences that are invaluable and that you really can’t teach," Hayward wrote. "Having that experience of playing in those big moments, dealing with the circus of the media, dealing with expectations, those are all things that I think he can help us with. Because most of us, myself especially, have never been through that."

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