Friday, December 01, 2006

Doc: Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

Celtics Close but Closure Would Seal the Deal

"You get tired of it for a second," said Rivers. "But they are getting it. You can see them getting it a little. The problem is one guy gets it, then the next guy [doesn't]. That's just basketball. Right now, it's a team that is still in that transition. It is frustrating. The worst thing for me is you know they made a mistake, they know they made a mistake, but you've still got to tell them for the sake of the team. Then, you worry about their confidence. They'll be fine. I keep saying that, but they will be."

I can't hear you... lalalalalalala...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Doc to Starting Line-ups: Drop Dead

The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy reports:

The Celtics’ starting lineup is going to be a non-issue this season, according to the man who will do the juggling.

C’s opening night:
Doc Rivers decided to keep the starting five who take the floor for tonight’s season opener against the New Orleans Hornets under lock and key yesterday.

“I know what it is, but I want them to like each other for one more night,” said the Celtics coach. “As (Chuck) Daly once said, ‘You want to see seven unhappy people, I’ll show you the guys who aren’t starting.’ ”

Considering that the Celts may be more moldable, according to matchups, than even last season, tonight’s lineup could be quite different from the one that steps out against the Pistons on Friday night.

New Orleans, as opposed to Detroit, could well be a team that provides a good early test for Rivers’ smaller combinations. Considering the presence of outside-oriented players like forwards David West and Peja Stojakovic in the Hornets’ lineup, that could be a good match for Ryan Gomes, an athletic but undersized power forward.

“I think we can go smaller, anyway, regardless of who the team is,” said Rivers. “But yes, this will be a good team to test that, but when we go small it’s not going to matter who the other team has in there.”

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Glenn Rivers Keeps Us Guessing

Two days after mounting his soapbox and downplaying the significance of rotations, Glenn Rivers announces that rotations are a goal after all:

According to the Boston Herald:

“I told the guys that it’s no longer a competition for spots,” said Rivers, who added that he has nine spots in what he hopes will be a 10-man rotation figured out. “Now it’s more about us competing against other teams. And just defining roles is important.”

Doc to Rotations: Drop Dead

"I'm hoping that we can [have a rotation eventually]," said Rivers. "But I'm not going to form a rotation just because people say you should have a 10-man rotation. I think that's ridiculous. I've always thought that. If you have the type of team that can handle a rotation, then you have a rotation. But if you have guys who are consistent one night and inconsistent the next because you want a rotation and you just play the guy who is inconsistent, does that make any sense? With the young guys, you might have another guy just as good as him sitting on the bench and he's not playing."

So... if you have guys who are consistent one night and inconsistent the next, doesn't that make them inconsistent? And isn't Doc just a ragtime-talking snake-oil salesman? How consistent is our head coach? Read on...

Friday, September 29, 2006

Doc Demonstrates How Many Games His Lousy Coaching Will Cost the C's This Year