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Doc Rivers: Tough, demanding and lovable

DocWEEI's Paul Flannery examines the genius that is Doc Rivers:

“By far the best X’s and O’s that I’ve been around,” Dooling said. “Second to none. I don’t know what our percentages are coming out of timeouts, but I’m sure it’s at the top of the league. Poise. Always poised as far as knowing what to do in the right situation. Communication, second to none. Doc carries a heavy load over here and his presence is felt. He holds everyone accountable.”

Garnett’s trust in his coach was the biggest reason he went along with the move to center, and it’s his definition of a “player’s coach” that’s the interesting part of this quote.

“Man, I’d run through a wall for that guy,” Garnett said. “He’s a player’s coach. Definitely the reason I’m able to be in the position I’m in, looking like I’m half decent in this league. He cares about players’ bodies and time off. All those things are important. I’d go through a wall for that dude. If he asked me to do anything drastic, I would never go into it thinking that he’s telling me something wrong. I hate playing the five, to be honest.” 

Ever since winning the title in 2008, Doc Rivers has been considered an elite coach. He deserved a lot of credit for melding three HOFers (Ray, PP and KG), veteran role players (Cassell, House, Posey and PJ Brown) and young, brash talent (Rondo, Big Baby and TA) into champions.

But Doc's stock is soaring this season. Many consider him the best coach in the league. He has an old, injury riddled roster playing championship-caliber basketball. 

Garnett's quote says it all. If your players are willing to run through a wall for you, then you are pushing the right buttons.

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  • i wonder what it would be like to throw a player like kendrick perkins into this x’s o’s scheme. granted ray allen makes up for rondo’s jumper, but a beast like perk.. hmm

  • chachee

    I wouldn’t say Doc is the best coach in the league. I would say, that out of all the ex-players to ever coach, he’s one of the better ones. He’s young enough that he relates to his players and he understands what they’re going through, but he’s old enough that he commands respect and is mature enough to resolve any locker room issues. He never airs out dirty laundry to the media (ie Phil Jackson’s book about Kobe and Shaq, Stan Van Gundy’s open relationship with Dwight, AI and Larry Brown, etc). I’m sure he’s had more headaches dealing with Rondo, than he’s had with managing the Big 3 and their shot opportunities. He understand what works and what doesn’t work. It also doesn’t hurt when you have Ray Allen who is basically automatic from 3 point line, with contested last second shots. Ray could make Vinny Del Negro look like a genius.
    Good coaches won’t win you championships, good players do. There are good coaches who have the unfortunate task of coaching teams with sub-par talent. Doesn’t make them a bad coach. A good coach on a good team is great but it doesn’t automatically equate to a title. Rick Carlisle isn’t the reason why the Mavs won the title last season. He managed his team well but it was Dirk who played out of his mind and won them that title.

  • Agree fully with your analysis of Rivers.
    {the praise for Ray Allen might have been a bit over-the-top}

  • I’m glad he’s our coach. I think he done a great job of handling the vets as well as developing young guys. Everyone who played for him in Orlando loved him too, just ask Grant Hill. But to overstate the obvious, unless they’re out there scoring baskets and grabbing rebounds, a la Bill Russell or Dave Debushere, coaches effect games alot less than the guys on the floor. Having said that, a bad coach can screw everything up. The most important job is the GM if you want to talk about mgmt effecting games.

  • paul

    Isn’t it just great to get down on one’s knees and just WORSHIP authority?!!!!!!!!!!!
    We worship Doc. We worship Doc. We worship Doc. We worship Doc.

  • Paul, did Rondo get traded? WTF? Your posts today make me think you went a game and Danny or Doc stole your popcorn money. The C’s are hot, your beloved Rondo is getting MVP consideration, and it’s almost playoff time. Why all the venom? Or to put it in your words, why are you hating so bad?

  • perk still???????? get over it

  • Might be time to refill the prescription meds?

  • paul

    Why is it so important for you to worship Doc?

  • paul

    That’s a personal decision between you and your doctor.

  • paul

    I know you guys love to worship authority. But can we please get off our knees to Lyin’ Danny and Smarm Master Doc?

  • So we can instead get on our knees and worship the poor-shooting, over-hyped Rondo?