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Doc Rivers backs Kevin Garnett’s version

Posted By Paul Flannery On November 3, 2010 @ 7:59 pm In General | 2 Comments

Doc Rivers [1] said he was standing next to Kevin Garnett [2] when he said whatever it was that he said to Charlie Villanueva [3] Tuesday night and the coach stands by his player’s account. “I’€™m not going to go off on a tangent on this whole thing,” Rivers said before the C’s played the Bucks. “I actually heard what Kevin said. I was standing right there. What he released is what he said. I’€™m going to leave it at that.”

Villanueva wrote on his Twitter account: “KG called me a cancer patient.”

Garnett responded in a statement: “My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact ‘€˜You are cancerous to your team and our league.’€™”

Rivers didn’t care for the way Villanueva handled the situation. “I used to play and I can’€™t imagine us running and talking about what was said,’ Rivers said. He then joked, “Larry [Bird [4]] has said some terrible stuff to me and I’€™m still hurt by it. There are times when guys do cross the line, but you get over that too. I don’€™t think talking about what guys said during the game… I just don’€™t find a place for it.”

Rivers acknowledged that he’s uncomfortable with Twitter and the Celtics [5] have a roster full of players who actively tweet.

“What we try to tell them is it’€™s your life and have fun and all that, but what goes on [with] the team stays on the team,” Rivers said. “I think so far they’€™ve been pretty good with it, but this is a new generation and we’€™re going to continue to have problems with this until we figure it out.”


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