By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers has coached a handful of players who will someday be Hall of Famers.
Now Rivers can say he's one as well . . . sort of.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Rivers, who coached the Orlando Magic (1999-2003) and lives in Winter Park, Fla., during the offseason, will be inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame.
An official announcement is expected later today, with the induction to take place during the PNC Bank SPORTYS awards show on Sept. 24 at Full Sail University.
Seriously. There's a school called Full Sail University.
While coaching the Magic, Rivers was named coach of the Year in 2000 after leading Orlando, picked to finish last in the NBA, to within a game of qualifying for the playoffs.
The Magic made the playoffs the following three seasons, but Rivers was fired in 2003 after Orlando struggled early in the season.
Rough times awaited him in Boston, but that changed once the C's acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to join forces with Paul Pierce prior to the 2008 season, which ended with the C's hanging Banner 17.
Rivers gave some thought to retiring after this past season, but instead signed a five-year, 35 million deal to remain the Celtics head coach.