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“Honestly, I don’t care about the Lakers [applause from crowd]… if we play the Lakers in the Finals, all is good. I’d love that opportunity.
My honest thought as a coach right now… I have my eye squarely on Miami. I come up to my players during the year-they’re in the facility now-I bring up Miami every single day to them. I want them to hate them. I want them to beat them. That’s gotta be our focus.”
The Lakers are better… but I’m not one who thinks they are way better. The guy they traded (Andrew Bynum), for us, we had trouble guarding him. Dwight (Howard) is a great player… we’ve guarded him pretty well. Offensively, the (Steve) Nash part is different. I wonder how that’s going to work. Are they going to run the Princeton offense… keep moving the ball. I want to see Kobe keep moving the ball [laughter].
Last week, we posted video of Doc Rivers talking about Courtney Lee and Kevin Garnett with the legendary Bob Ryan during the ABCD camp. Well, there are a few more interesting tidbits from that interview, like Doc’s desire to have his players hate the Heat.
Hating Miami isn’t an option, it’s a necessary ingredient for this Celtics team. A revamped, angry and hungry Celtics team can beat a fat-and happy Heat team. We’ll hear a lot from LeBron and co. about wanting to repeat as champions, but some of that urgency will be gone. It inevitably happens to champions every year. There’s a lot less pressure on LeBron James this coming season.
I also agree with Doc’s mentality on the Lakers, Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard. Guess I should get into coaching.
Click here to listen to Doc talk about changes the Celtics must make offensively to improve and beat the Heat.