Celtics players reflect on Doc as coach

Celtics players reflect on Doc as coach
June 23, 2013, 7:45 pm
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With the Celtics-Clippers deal for coach Doc Rivers completed, pending only expected league approval (the Celtics will receive an unprotected, 2015 first-round pick for letting Rivers out of his Celtics contract), some of Doc's now-former players with the  shared their experiences earlier this season of what it's like to play for Rivers

Avery Bradley: “Being a point guard on the floor, he usually gives me tips on how to do things better, just like he gives everybody else. It could be [positive or negative], but you always have to think of it as  a positive. If he’s not saying anything to you, that means something. You’ve always know Doc wants you to be better. He’s always thinking about the team first and how we can be better. If that takes him yelling  at you, that’s what he’ll do. … We have to [have a good relationship]. We’re a team, a family. Sometimes  in the game it gets a little crazy. We try to calm each other down, keep each other composed. He’s very helpful, I’m pretty sure everyone else would say that. ... [My relationship with Doc is] a lot different [because I am younger, 22] Him and the vets, especially KG and him, they have a different type of relationship. They won a championship together [in 2008], so it’s different. But every single year I’m here I definitely we feel like we start to understand each other a little bit more. Going from  not playing to playing, he has to trust me a little bit more. So we have to trust each other.”

Chris Wilcox: “What doesn’t he say? He’s trying to keep us on point, let us know where we need to be, what play we’re running, and what he wants from us. Every timeout he gives us some words of encouragement. ... Whatever he says we’ve got to listen, so take it like how he serves it. He might give it to you raw, he might give it to you nice, but most of the time he’s going to let you know exactly how it is. ... At the end of the day, if he has something to say to one individual, he’ll say it to them and then when he gets to the huddle, he talks to the whole team. ... It depends on what coach you’re dealing with. Doc is different from a lot of coaches. Sometimes he tries to get straight to the point with you.”

Jordan Crawford: “He’s giving you different options on the court, making sure you see all the options on defense and offense. He sees things, too, because he used to be a player so he can see what things  work and don’t work. … It’s your job to take it as he’s trying to help the team and not as criticism. If you do  that, you’re going to be a better team.”

Terrence Williams: “He just wants you to play your game. He helps you out. Doc rarely yells, and if he does yell it’s something positive. With me, it’s what he wants me to focus on when I’m in the game as far  as being aggressive, getting guys the ball. It’s what he sees. If you shoot a shot and somebody else is  open to your right, he’ll say, ‘I think Courtney (Lee) was open to the right’ or ‘I think (Brandon) B. Bass  was open on the roll.’ … You never block it out, no matter if he says it aggressively or if he talks to you  calmly because we all know at the end of the day, he wants what’s best. I noticed that since I’ve been  there. He definitely wants what’s best for you and he’s only trying to help. ... I’ve been in situations where coaches, you’ll come out the game and you don’t know why you came out the game. If you don’t play, you don’t know why you don’t play. So it’s good with him because he’s going to let you know why he took you out or what he thought you could have done better or what he thinks you could work on in practice. It’s good because communication is always there.”

D.J. White: “He tells you stuff to make you better. I made a defensive mistake and he corrected me. That’s what players like about him – he’s constructive. He picks and chooses. He didn’t really get on me, he talked me through the mistake. It means a lot [that he talks to us]. He wants to win. There might be a time down the line that same mistake I made might be something that wins the game. He’s just looking out for the team and the players’ interest.”