By Jessica Camerato
BOSTON -- Doc Rivers did not coach Wednesdays game against the New Jersey Nets after undergoing a throat biopsy earlier in the week. Even though the results came back negative, he wants to be cautious as he recovers.
Assistant coach Lawrence Frank took the helm in his place.
"I'm going to watch baseball," Rivers joked before the game.
Rivers ran shootaround on Wednesday afternoon and can return to coaching on Friday. In the meantime, he watched the Celtics-Nets game from out back.
"Listen, if I'm not going to coach I don't want to be out there," he said. "I'd rather for Lawrence to do it. I dont want to be a distraction."
Rivers was optimistic as he awaited the results of the biopsy. His doctors told him there was a low chance they would find anything wrong. There was natural concern, however. His father-in-law passed away of throat cancer.
"Anything in that area, that alarmed everybody," he said. "So the family is always concerned with stuff like that. I was just talking to Avery Johnson about it. Weve just got to make sure that we take care of ourselves."
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Veteran forward Larry Sanders, who hasn’t played since December of 2014, has taken to Twitter to get feedback on “Which team do you believe will utilize my skills the best?”
So far, it’s his last team, the Milwaukee Bucks leading, with the Celtics edging the Cavaliers for second place.
Sanders, 27, has been away from basketball after two drug-related suspensions and issues with anxiety and depression led him to accept a buyout from the Bucks. The 6-11 Sanders was a solid rim protector. He averaged 1.8 blocks a game in his career. Could the Celtics, with an already crowded roster, take a flyer on him as a low-cost option?
By Dan Feldman, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk
Michael Jordan might have never said “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”
But that quote has defined him politically.
Whether the perception has been fair or not, he’s clearly trying to change it.
Jordan in ESPN's The Undefeated:
As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.
I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.
Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.
To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
You can read Jordan’s full statement here.