Here’s my loose transcription of Doc Rivers appearance this morning on WEEI.
On the timing of the All-Star break:
We can go both ways with the break. We’re playing well now. But with the body count we have, I couldn’t have found a better time.
You just kinda coach em… and they kinda play.
You have to coach the guys that are playing. You have to get the guys that you expect to win still. There will be changes in the way we play. We can’t replace Rondo, Sully and Barbosa… even the way he plays. You have to find another way.
What is the priority? Guards or big?
I’m golfing over the break. Danny is doing all the work, which is terrific as far as I’m concerned.
With the Barbosa injury, we can’t look at one position anymore. Now we are looking at players. We need players as soon as we can get them. But we don’t want to do anything so quick. Because if something else develops, we’re at the cap without room.
(We need) a ball handling guard. No longer just a point guard. A perfect guard for this group is a guard that can play multiple positions, can shoot and play with toughness. (We need) a 4 that can stretch the floor, can shoot or a 4 that can rebound.
The China leagues end in a week. Some Americans that play over there will be coming back. The D-League, and then through a trade, but we don’t have a lot of assets.
On Fab Melo:
I don’t think he’s ready yet. He’s really working on it, but he’s not ready yet.
On Delonte West:
That’s something we’re looking at. I don’t know where we are going to go. We have to be careful. I love his toughness, but he does get injured a lot, besides the other stuff.
On KG’s comment about this being last All-Star game:
We don’t know what he knows. With Kevin… every year he’ll be year-to-year. He’s playing too well to walk away. But like a lot of coaches, at times, he’s thinking about it, because it’s such a grind. I wouldn’t put too much into that.
Some of the former NBA players currently playing in China include; Tracy McGrady, Gilbert Arenas, Von Wafer and Stephon Marbury.
Call me crazy, but I’d take McGrady and Arenas on the Celtics. We’re that desperate.