June 07, 2010
Despite his feelings of insecurity with regards to his Lakers counterpart, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers is one of the NBA's better coaches. And, as he proved during Sunday night's Game 2 win, he might be the most athletic.
Clearly, that's the kind of speed that could get someone chosen as a 1988 NBA All-Star or possibly 27th on the list of the NBA's all-time steals leaders. Those are just two totally random possibilities that I'm throwing out.
Immediately after the timeout, the Celtics scored a huge basket off a spectacular Rivers play call. And while pushing the lead from five to seven under two minutes is a pretty important moment, Rivers thought the best part of the entire sequence was the effect his sprint had on his team. Here's what he told the Boston Globe's Julian Benbow:
"The guys got a kick out of that," Rivers said. "You know, it was funny, as big as that little moment was, I actually thought that the bigger moment was all the players were laughing at me and it allowed them to breathe a little bit, and I thought that helped us."
Let's see Phil Jackson and his fake hip try to do that. Not that there's any reason he'd want to get out of his comfy chair, but Doc surely has an edge in the quickness category that is so important for NBA coaches.
Of course, Phil didn't think it was an advantage, but rather a new form of some old-fashioned cheating. From the Globe:
"I don't know if you can do that or not," he said. "I don't think that's legal to get on the floor. I think coaches have to stay on the sideline. They're not supposed to be on the floor. It's like he was shot out of a starter's block."