Spoelstra once looked to Rivers for coaching advice


Spoelstra once looked to Rivers for coaching advice

BOSTON If there's anyone who knows what Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is going through now, it's Doc Rivers.

Like Rivers, Spoelstra has a team with multiple superstars who brought great talent - and with that talent, great expectations.

So it only makes sense for Spoelstra to solicit advice from one of the few coaches who literally knows what he's dealing with.

He did as much a couple years ago at a coaching clinic in which Rivers was speaking.

"While he's highly regarded in his schematics and X's and Os, I was more curious about the management of personalities," Spoelstra said. "That's really ultimately what it's about in this league."

That point is driven home when you have a team with as much star power as the Heat, who come into tonight's Eastern Conference finals game facing playoff elimination.

Rivers recalls looking out in the audience and seeing Spoelstra.

"You're talking to 200 coaches and you see Erik there, you're like, 'I'm not going to say this ATO (after-timeout) stuff, I'm not sharing that," quipped Rivers.

As far as dealing with superstar talent and the personalities that come with them, Rivers tries to keep it fairly simple.

"First of all, they are all different," Rivers said. "Every person is different. You know that in your work, dealing with guys that are in the NBA. The same thing with stars, superstars. They're different in a lot of ways.

Rivers added, "coaches share a lot. You'd be amazed at how much. Our fraternity is really close. You'd be amazed at how much we talk and share with each other."

Ainge on no trades at deadline: ‘Wasn’t for lack of trying’

Ainge on no trades at deadline: ‘Wasn’t for lack of trying’

For the second straight season the trade deadline came and went with no moves from the Boston Celtics.

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge continues to look at the big picture as his team moves forward with their roster intact.

“It wasn’t for lack of trying, last year and this year,” said Ainge. “We came away with Al Horford in the summer. We drafted Jaylen Brown, Jaylen just continually getting better. I’m very excited about the future of both those guys. We were also able to get Ante Zizic, who is having a terrific year over in Turkey. I think that our future is looking good.

“We hope to have another good summer this year, whether we use the draft pick, whether we trade the draft pick. I think we can’t go wrong, as long as we don’t screw it up and pay too much for certain assets.”

Ainge: Adding players 'sometimes messes up your chemistry’

Ainge: Adding players 'sometimes messes up your chemistry’

With the NBA trade deadline in the rear view mirror, the Celtics will have to turn to the buyout market if they are looking to make changes to their roster.

Talking to CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely, Danny Ainge explained why signing players who have  been bought out can be a risky move for a team like the Celtics.

“We’ll weigh each guy that comes on the market and see if that can be a boost to our team,” explained Ainge. “At the same time, I like our team. Bringing in new players sometimes messes up your whole chemistry, and it shifts somebody into a different role that they’re not accustomed to doing. You better know what you’re getting.

“We brought in Michael Finley, Sam Cassell. . . PJ Brown turned out to be a very good asset to us. Most of the time it sort of disrupts things. At the end of the year you go, ‘wow, we probably shouldn’t have done that.’ Even though on paper it looked like a great acquisition, it wasn’t as good as everyone thought it would be.”