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Back in Boston for ABCD charity event, Doc Rivers laments departure of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce from Celtics

09.12.13 at 1:06 pm ET
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Doc Rivers returned to TD Garden on Wednesday night. The former coach of the Celtics served as a co-chair of the Action for Boston Community Development’s Hoop Dreams charity event and spent the evening shaking hands, signing autographs and sharing stories about his time in Boston.

“It’s tough to leave the Celtics because it’s the Celtics,” Rivers said. “It was the best nine years of basketball that I’ve ever been a part of, but I also fell in love with the city. And, for me, the hardest part is leaving the city. I’ve met friends that have changed my life here, and they’ll always be my friends.”

Sitting a few rows behind the Celtics bench, Rivers shared some insight on his tenure with the Celtics.

Kevin Garnett served as a focal point of the discussion. Rivers lamented the fact that KG never let the city see his vivacious side.

“Fans never got to see Kevin’s personality,” Rivers said. “I wish the city got to know Kevin more. He’s the single best athlete that I’ve ever been around as far as being a team guy. He’s as ‘team’ of a star as I’ve ever seen. A lot of stars are stars, but he’s unselfish, to a fault at times, but every coach should be able to coach Kevin Garnett just to see what a true team player should be.”

Rivers agreed that Garnett is an atypical NBA superstar, as he is a pass-first player who relishes his role as a teammate.

“He did a lot of good things that people don’t know,” Rivers said. “When rookies came in, he would bring them up to my office. He’d sit them down, and then he would bring his tailor in and say, ‘If you want to be a pro, you’ve got to dress like a pro.’ And he would buy each rookie two suits, and he did it every year. To me, that says a lot about Kevin Garnett as a teammate.”

Rivers also admitted that Garnett has an interesting use of the English language.

“The word that starts with ‘f’? He thought it was a noun, verb and an adjective,” Rivers said.

Celtics fans may never have the opportunity to see Garnett reveal his personality, but he delighted the city with his Hall of Fame play for six seasons.

“He’s full of life and a great guy in the locker room,” Rivers said. “He’s so unselfish, I think he would have scored another 10,000 points if he wanted. He’s the only player I’ve ever yelled at for not shooting. He always felt like if he took three or four shots in a row, that was too many. He needed to share the ball.”

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Irish Coffee: Is Kris Humphries good at basketball?

09.10.13 at 2:55 pm ET
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Most of what we in Boston know about Kris Humphries has little to do with basketball. Obviously, he briefly married Kim Kardashian, fought Rajon Rondo and earned his spot atop the list of most disliked NBA players. That’s all been covered in great detail already. Just read TMZ. Or watch this Funny or Die video.

But the basketball question remains: Can Kris Humphries help the Celtics this season?

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Rick Pitino at Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony: ‘I learned patience, humility’ from rough stint with Celtics

09.09.13 at 11:11 am ET
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The Basketball Hall of Fame inducted seven former players and four coaches on Sunday, including former Celtics coach Rick Pitino.

Pitino enters the Hall of Fame more for his work as a college coach than as a professional coach.

He has won national championships with Kentucky (1996) and Louisville (2013), appeared in seven Final Fours — including an improbable 1987 run with Providence that earned him NABC and John Wooden National Coach of the Year honors — and amassed 662 victories in 27 seasons.

“Coaches don’t just get into the Hall of Fame. Players put them into the Hall of Fame,” Pitino said at his induction ceremony in Springfield.

For all the success he enjoyed at the collegiate level — including his start at Boston University from 1978 until 1983 — his coaching resume will always have a blip because of his forgettable experience with the Celtics.

Pitino took over as coach of the C’s in 1997. His stint lasted 3½ years, and his teams posted a 102-146 record during that time.

When Pitino was hired in 1997, not only did he take over as coach, he also became the team’€™s general manager, CEO and president. This complete control caused intense scrutiny for the former UMass guard when the wheels fell off.

‘€œYou may wonder what I learned about the Boston Celtics. I am really, really grateful to them. I learned more than I gave,” Pitino said. “I didn’€™t give too much except leaving Jim O’€™Brien to master the helm. But I learned patience, humility, and a lot of people think it’€™s because of losing that you learn humility and it’€™s a major factor. I gained the humility because I had the greatest treat for four years.”

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Doc Rivers on D&C: ‘Disappointed’ in Danny Ainge’s portrayal of his Celtics departure

09.05.13 at 10:04 am ET
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It’s been more than two months since Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge played the blame game over how exactly the former Celtics coach landed in Los Angeles in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round pick from the Clippers.

Ainge claimed it was ultimately Doc’s decision.

Rivers presented it as part of the Celtics plan.

“Honestly, I was very disappointed in that part of Danny’€™s press conference,” Rivers said during an appearance on Dennis & Callahan to promote September’s Hoop Dreams event at TD Garden to benefit Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD). “Other than that, Danny and I have no issues. Danny knows, just like I know, that that’€™s not true.

“Listen, guys, this is old stuff. I’€™m here, and Danny’€™s in Boston. You can ask Danny that more and more, but there were two people in that room, and it was Danny and I, and anyone else who has a comment about what went on doesn’€™t really know because they weren’€™t in that room. It was more than one day. It was several days, and it was an agreement.”

Regardless, Rivers and the Celtics president of basketball operations are still in communication. “We’€™ve had our disagreements when I was there, and we’€™ve moved on,” added Rivers. “That was a disagreement on how that was presented. Danny knows that, and I know the truth, but you move on and we’€™ve talked many times since.”

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Jared Sullinger apologizes in statement for ‘embarrassing’ situation

09.03.13 at 3:10 pm ET
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Jared Sullinger issued a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding his arrest earlier in the day. Sullinger was charged with assaulting his girlfriend during a confrontation Saturday. He turned himself in Tuesday morning and was released on $5,000 cash bail after a court appearance.

“I voluntarily reported to the Waltham police this morning to respond to charges against me,” Sullinger said in the statement. “The experience was humbling and embarrassing for me. Yet I know that this situation has brought both sorrow and embarrassment to my girlfriend, my family, the Boston Celtics organization, my teammates, and my fans. To all of you, I apologize from the bottom of my heart.

“My lawyers have advised me not to discuss the case at this time. But I wanted to immediately and publicly apologize to everyone affected by this situation.”

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Celtics ‘disappointed to learn of the allegations’ against Jared Sullinger

09.03.13 at 2:58 pm ET
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The Celtics issued a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding Jared Sullinger‘s arrest on charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation.

“The Celtics were disappointed to learn of the allegations against Jared and are currently gathering more information on the situation, which we are taking very seriously,” the team said in the statement. “We will reserve further comment until such point that we have sufficient additional information.”

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Jared Sullinger released on $5,000 bail after being charged following domestic dispute

09.03.13 at 12:25 pm ET
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Celtics forward Jared Sullinger appeared in Waltham District Court on Tuesday after being arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend during a confrontation Saturday. He was released on $5,000 cash bail.

Sullinger, wearing a gray Ohio State T-shirt, showed no emotion as the charges against him were read aloud. He was handcuffed as he sat in the docks.

The state claims Sullinger, upset after an argument over perceived infidelity, pinned his girlfriend to the bed, pushed her, grabbed her iPhone and smashed it when she attempted to call police. He was charged with assault and battery, destruction of an iPhone and intimidation of a witness.

Sullinger’s lawyer said the player had flown to Ohio for a planned visit with his parents, and when he learned that his girlfriend had called police 10 hours after the incident, he immediately flew back and turned himself in at 6 a.m. Tuesday, after meeting with his attorney an hour earlier.

Sullinger’s girlfriend attended Tuesday’s proceeding and told the judge she did not feel that she was in danger. Sullinger was told he can contact her by phone or see her with another person present.

Sullinger, who left the courthouse with his father, is due back in court Sept. 19.

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